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Mathematics & Science

Teachers as Learners And Leaders

The latest science and mathematics education standards call for teachers to be treated as professionals-respected for their expertise, allowed to exercise their judgment and given opportunities for peer collaboration. But are administrators facilitating these goals? One section of a new report funded by the National Science Foundation, the 2000 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, examines the realities related to teacher professionalism.

Language Arts

BANNED BOOKS: Q&A with Librarian and Educator Pat R. Scales

Q:Book censorship in the U.S. is on the rise. What factors contribute to this, and what risks does a teacher take when he or she uses banned books?

Simple approaches often work best. They can be especially effective when tackling complex challenges like evaluating academic programs, administrative systems and organizational practices. But coming up with simple approaches that actually work is no easy task.

As a kid I grew up singing "Kids are People Too" along with Wonderama TV host Bob McAllister. Ever since I've believed that kids are people with all the rights and privileges afforded to other citizens. Apparently, members of the Supreme Court and talk-radio audiences disagree and are rolling back the rights of children with hardly a whimper of dissent.

Other groups argue that their civil liberties are being violated, but they have a voice in the process. Kids can't vote and when parents voice concerns on behalf of their children, they are dismissed as, well, ... parents.

Now that the holiday feasts and gatherings of friends and family have receded, it's time to plan for the new year. K-12 schools and districts of every size face fresh challenges in 2002-both inside classrooms and out.

So this January, school IT directors and district chief technology officers have some thinking to do: What upgrades should they invest in for 2002?


Teacher Training: Q&A with Francis "Skip" Fennell

Q:How has education for pre-service mathematics teachers changed in recent years?