Will Whole-Child Champion Michael Hynes Go All the Way?

On a Monday evening, as summer ended, the Patchogue-Medford school board on Long Island affirmed its support for superintendent Michael Hynes, extending his contract for five years.  President Anthony O’Reilly, as Greater Patchogue reported, was “thrilled beyond belief.”

In the United States, local communities are the hubs of education policymaking.  The sentiments of this school board president reflect a philosophical shift away from the cold, rational demands of standards-based accountability, a consensus that children are the top priority.  Hynes believes in teaching to the whole child, O’Brien said.  He understands that kids . . . Read full article →

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Emily Kaplan’s Musings on the Luxury of Lingering in Childhood

A battle rages across the land. How on earth do we bridge those cavernous achievement gaps? The ghosts of No Child Left Behind hover. George W. Bush’s attempt to banish the “soft bigotry of low expectations” has morphed into a “no excuses” reform movement that ignores early childhood’s robust evidence base, consigning children to joyless hamster wheels and school creeds. Recess is disappearing.

Emily Kaplan, an elementary school teacher in Boston, has taken note. She’s bravely left the “Silent Area,” where giggling and critical thinking are prohibited. Here are her musings, originally published at . . . Read full article →

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