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The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has left many people upset, confused, angry, and powerless.  A good way to defuse these feelings is by becoming proactive, particularly in those areas where Trump is likely to promote destructive legislation, formulate dangerous foreign policies, modify cultural discourse, or ignite irrational elements within...
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Several years ago, I wrote a book for elementary and middle school students entitled You’re Smarter Than You Think:  A Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences  (published by Free Spirit Publishing).  Since it came out, I have received letters from young readers responding to their experience of reading the book.  Just this month, I received a...
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I’m seriously concerned that the schools aren’t doing enough (change that:  aren’t doing anything!) to prepare students on the autism spectrum for a range of careers that are beginning to open up for them in the workplace.  So much of recent educational ”reform” has been about preparing our students to be college and career-ready.  If this...
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The New York Times yesterday highlighted a story about a so-called ”change agent” in education; a  school superintendent in Connecticut who is creating waves by increasing student testing, imposing a standardized curriculum, and upholding a more centralized system for teacher evaluation.  Nothing new there.  But what really struck me about the article was when they...
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According to a post yesterday from PBS journalist John Merrow’s blog Learning Matters:  ”Michelle  A. Rhee, America’s most famous school reformer, was fully aware of the  extent of the problem when she glossed over what appeared to be  widespread cheating during  her first year as Schools Chancellor in Washington, DC.”  His meticulous article (including over 30...
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