The city will not penalize those who attend global youth climate strikes on Friday. “This completely changes things,” one student said.
Robert PondiscioIf students have permission to miss class it's not a protest, it's a field trip. NYC robbing students of a valuable civics lesson and the chance to decide if this issue is important enough to face a consequence.
Robert Pondiscio spent a year embedded in one of the charter network’s controversial, high-performing schools. “How the Other Half Learns” is his account of what he learned.
Robert Pondiscio"With this morally disturbing conclusion to his unsparingly honest book, Pondiscio implicates all of us in the unforgivable neglect of children and education in our poorest communities." @dalerussakoff reviews "How the Other Half Learns" for the @nytimes
Low-income families ‘self-select’ for Success Academy’s demanding program, with remarkable results
Robert PondiscioI've got a piece in the @WSJ this weekend on @SuccessCharters and the role of parents in student outcomes.
"It’s time to stop airbrushing parents out of the picture and to acknowledge the sometimes uncomfortable truth that their role is indispensable."
My new book, How the Other Half Learns, is based on a year of unmonitored observations at a Success Academy elementary school in the South Bronx, in the district where I taught in a low-performing public school for five years. I wanted to see what...
Robert PondiscioHere's my new book. I hope you hate it. My latest @The74.
"We have become overdependent on narratives we know aren’t quite right, and tribal in our devotions to them. It’s time to let them go."
An inside look at America's most controversial charter schools, and the moral and political questions around public education and school choice.
Robert Pondiscio"There is an equally unhelpful blind spot among many education reformers who, consciously or unconsciously, often view urban communities and the families who live in them through a lens of dysfunction."
How the Other Half Learns, p. 210
Robert PondiscioDeep in @nytdavidbrooks column on Jim Mattis is this gem from the general:
“If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent, because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you.”
Britain's strictest school has received its first ever GCSE results after opening five years ago - and they are four times better than the national average.
Robert PondiscioKatharine Birbalsingh is my spirit animal. Congratulations, @Miss_Snuffy
"If a school reduces its standards for poorer pupils because of their poverty or difficult home life, it does them a disservice; frankly, it doesn’t believe in them enough."
Robert Pondiscio"A nation that cannot agree whether its original flag is a symbol of pride or oppression is not one prepared to reach consensus on what its children should learn in public schools."
In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids.
Robert PondiscioAs good of a summary on the lack of knowledge-rich curriculum in elementary schools as you're going to read (and I've written dozens of them) by @natwexler. But the nagging problem remains: why isn't it classroom practice changing to reflect what we know?
More than most fields and professions, education has a remarkably poor grasp of its own history. One of the reasons we are so susceptible to fads is because so few of us recognize that the Shiny New Thing is so often a recycled idea and a Ted Talk....
A lot of our fevered education debates are fueled by assumptions which can be off-base, or flat wrong.
Robert PondiscioSurprising stuff indeed from @rickhess99: "A lot of our fevered education debates are fueled by assumptions which can be off-base, or flat wrong....(or) hostage to the data we can collect."
Try this experiment. At your next professional development session, conference, or perhaps on social media, mention the famous “30-million-word gap” study, which demonstrated that low-income children hear far less spoken language before their first...
Robert PondiscioThe focus on tonnage elides the essential message: Word quantity matters less than quality. Language growth has more to do with the “conversational duet” between caregivers and children.
Robert PondiscioSpeech directed at children differs markedly from speech adults direct at one another in terms of content, complexity, and the attentional demands placed on infants and toddlers.
Social and emotional learning could push us to view children as trauma victims and teachers as therapists, according to Fordham's Robert Pondiscio.
Robert Pondiscio"I am concerned that we are at least somewhat at risk of pathologizing childhood, and encouraging a therapeutic view of classroom teaching, one that is creeping closer to a branch of social work." Thanks, @rickhess99 for the opportunity to raise this.
A little over a year ago, Education Week ran an op-ed arguing for “gradeless classrooms” and an “end to the perpetual lies” that numbers and letters tell about learning. “Honor and merit rolls would disappear. There would be no school...
An interview with professor Paul A. Kirschner
Grumpy old man. That is at least what he calls himself. But you might know him as Paul Kirschner. He is one of the world's most influential researchers in the field of learning psychology....
Robert Pondiscio"Pupils, independent of their age, are novices and need a lot of instructions, something that experts can do without. To become an expert requires knowledge and a lot of practice to automate this and commit it to long-term memory."
In this fascinating episode we got to speak to Katharine Birbalsingh, founder and headmistress of Michaela Community School, a free school in London. 00.00.3...
Robert PondiscioMichaela's @Miss_Snuffy laughs off her reputation as Britain's "strictest headmistress." Visitors always note "'the children are so happy'...that's because it's ordered and structured. It's when you have chaos that children are miserable and unhappy."
I’m starting to sour on “authentic engagement” of kids in civic education, a concept I’ve long supported, and occasionally supervised and even led as a teacher. Preparing young people for active and engaged citizenship is an essential and neglected...