Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The 82nd Carnival of Education

Welcome to the 82nd Edition of the Carnival of Education
Special Theatrical Edition
Featuring Articles submitted from across the Edusphere


Have you ever had a day, a week, a month, or an entire school year when you thought it would be appropriate for your students, colleagues, or administrators to form the cast of a Broadway play or musical? Do you sometimes find yourself in melodramatic episodes that could be written into a fully formed script or libretto? If so….read on…

Thespis Journal is proud to present education articles from a panoramic view across the horizon of teaching and learning. You might want to play some music from Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Gypsy, Hairspray, or even Wicked as accompaniment for your trip to the Great White Way.

I am expressing my sincere apology to each of you in advance for the lack of parallel structure in the outline of these posts.

Scott Elliott at Get on the Bus will host next weeks carnival. Submissions are due to Scott next Tuesday, September 5 by 9:00pm. EDT. Send your submissions to scemel@aol.com.

Leading Actor...


From the Trenches of Public Education takes a leading role in today’s theatrical carnival with his post, The Right to Burn the Flag and Shoot Ourselves in the Foot. The fine line between innovative lesson demonstrations and public perceptions of our work is carefully explored by Mr. Fermoyle. You might want to check out the book In The Trenches.


The Textbook Evaluator has a great post relative to the marketing and creation of textbooks. There is true expertise in his post.
“Let me be clear, however. I am not against textbooks, nor do I have it in for the big textbook publishers. I do not support the radical decentralization of instructional decisions to individual classroom teachers. My general beef with instructional materials is NOT the materials themselves. My frustration is that the structure of the market for educational materials does not reward innovation, does not reward effectiveness, and does not lead to general improvements in student performance.”

At Texas Ed (a voice from outside public education), there is a powerfully worded, well conceived post about the over-valuation of football coaches in Texas. It’s hard to argue with T-Ed’s reasoning.

The Education Wonks award The Knucklehead of the Day. You have to read the post-the driver is truly a bonehead.

D-Ed Reckoning has a post regarding clueless newspaper reporting.

Ms. Cornelius at A Shrewdness of Apes wins a Tony Award for her leading role in being the most theme appropriate this week when she writes, When Teaching School is like a Divine Comedy. How did she know we needed a comedy, and it's only the second week of school?

The King And I...

In the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic the King and I, the King of Siam rules with infinite authority making all decisions: Mrs. Anna teaches the King’s numerous children.

The King’s Choice:

In this touching and revealing post at Meri Musings, the author tells of taking her daughter to the first day of kindergarten.

The American Spectator
has a thoughtful and instructive post “No Sex Please: We’re Teenagers.”

Right Wing Nation takes Educration and Liberalism to task. They invented the term, go there for the instruction. No doubt, Right Wing Nation would have no tolerance for the King's dictatorship.

Mrs. Anna’s Lessons:

The Author of Teaching in the Twenty-First Century quotes the most well-known lyrics sung by Mrs. Anna in The King And I. The very appropriately titled post is “Getting to Know You."

It’s a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you’ll be taught.

There’s nothing to Teach
is the title of a post at Supreme Narcissism. The post explores the debate over teaching “intelligent design,” and the pitfalls of sex education.

Sex education from a different perspective is featured in an astute post at NYC Educator. NYC Educator titles the post: Forget Merit Pay!

Mrs. Anna must have some very difficult lessons to teach the children of Siam these days because Jon Swift takes an off-beat view of funding for subjects like science and the like. Swift’s sarcastic wit could be put to good use at our school.

Diane Weir has a lesson for all of us on being an advocate for pre-schoolers vs. being an advocate for preschool. This pungent post is worth it for all of us as a reminder to keep the kids needs first.

The History Boys...
(The 2006 Tony Award for best new play)

There’s a Colorado Flag update at Millard Fillmore’s bathtub.

The Good Human has more on the Colorado flag incident. This is a great post with several links.

A History Teacher says "They Don't Get It, We Can Help." I hope that this History Teacher gets to see History Boys.

From History is Elementary: What is it Going to Take -a wonderful post on motivation.


Wicked...
(The 2003 smash hit featuring songs of the legendary Stephen Schwartz. Wicked is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, and is noticeably more inspired and artistic.)

Scheiss Weekly has a post for us that reminds me of Elphaba, that Wicked Witch of the West: Fire burn and cauldron bubble; That one witch is rambling again.

I keep saying this but here it is again: There are certain skills that intelligent persons simply must have, at certain ages. When one becomes a self-sustaining adult, (which status of course many 'adults' never attain because their families and they themselves allowed them to go through school without doing or learning anything!!!) (My SELF ESTEEM!!!!!!) a decent person will be armed with skills, marketable skills, with which to earn one's own living.
Alexander at This Week in Education writes about the rate of Blogging, and the appropriate number of posts for an education blogger. There are two week totals of posts from several prominent education blogs and a comparison chart. This is Wicked good.

Edspresso has a salty posting in which they respond to commentary and concerns from AFT members.

NCLB Let's Get It Right pours the java right back in Wicked fashion to Edspresso. These two bloggers could create and intriguing plotline to watch at the theater.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest...
The Tony Award winning play by Dale Wasserman that explores a ward of mentally challenged patients. Cuckoo’s Nest is a compelling drama, and a famous movie circa 1975.

Campus Watch has an article filled with additional information regarding the use of the popular site Facebook as a coping technique relative to the tragedies at Virginia Tech.

Going to the Mat has a detailed post with analysis regarding Principal Signing Bonuses In Maryland: Incentive without Insurance. Like many concerned citizens today, Matt demands accountability measures that accompany the pay incentives.

At Get Lost Mr. Chips, the author tells a tale about the first day of school that had to make the teachers believe they were starring in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Children of Eden...

This post reminds me of the show-stopping musical number Generations from the Stephen Schwartz musical Children of Eden. What It’s Like on the Inside has a post regarding the class of 2010. Warning: this might make seasoned educators feel as though you have been teaching for Generations.

Chris Quimby illustrates that there is no back to school for homeschoolers and boasts about the advantages of home schooling in a poetic treatise called Back To School.

Online Charter Schools are not synonomis with Home Schooling! Spunky Home School has quite an essay on this topic, and she's right! I'm not sure what qualifies an online charter as a school. (This is an editor's choice article.)

Trivium Pursuit Blog has information on Vitruvius in for home schooling.

Creative Home Schooling Is Thinking Out of The Box boasts of a success on a standardized test for a home schooled child. Way to go!

Sometimes it is better to do nothing! Read all about it in Paul's Tips.

The Pajama Game...
In this 1954 musical, the workers at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory are about to go on strike for a pay raise.

Scott says the Huber Heights Strike is difficult to handicap. Thespis says that Superintendent Kirby needs to lead. Best wishes to the Huber Heights, Ohio teachers who are fighting for teachers wages and rights for local teachers and teachers across Ohio!


Featured Actor...

Scott Elliot at Get on the Bus has a caution for teachers-especially teachers of primary grade children-regarding overly complex and demanding school supply lists. Scott has a point about public perceptions regarding alternative agendas being promoted through the very specific supply list.

The Hall Monitor also has new ways of acquiring school supplies.

The Workplace Prof Blog has an insightful post on age discrimination in the hiring and promotion of adjunct faculty members.

Where are the students in the National Standards Debate is a question posed and answered by Poor, Starving College Student.

Ms_Teacher is shaking her head in disbelief at grade level promotions. I thought NCLB was supposed to solve all of these issues.

At Discourse About Discourse, the author talks about metawriting and best and worst writing prompts. This featured performer asks for feedback about the performance.

Anonymous Educator posts on the topic of internet addiction for students and battling this internet addiction.

The Jill Carroll Story comes from The Current Events in Education from an extremely creative and imaginative teacher. There are even lesson ideas; how wonderful!

A Teacher from New York
spending a year in Turkey sends in the latest report.

In a timely post the HunBlog provides an update on Katrina's Aftermath on Education.

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying...
The 1962 Tony-Award Winning Best Musical

Matt Inglot shares secrets with college students regarding starting their own business. Success Points for Starting A Business as a Student could make you a millionaire by age 40!

Peter Pan...

Scheiss Weekly has a wonderful post about her confused experiences with a teacher and the novel for children, Peter Pan. This is a fascinating post. You might want to think of the marvelous Jule Styne music, Never land Waltz as you are reading.

Applause! Applause! Thanks for visiting the special theatrical edition of the Carnival of Education. See you on the midway next week!

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