Love Me Tenure, Ho Culture, New Orleans, NAEP Scores


The LA Times' opinion page gets the headline of the week award for this headline about the pros and cons of teacher tenure: Love me tenure. For those of you who might not remember the lyrics, sung by Elvis Presley
in a movie of the same name:  "Love me tender, love me sweet, Never let
me go. You have made my life complete, And I love you so."

The Black And White Of "Ho" Culture Washington Post
a new twist in American race relations, a federal court has ruled that
a white teacher in a predominantly African-American school was
subjected to a racially hostile workplace.

Positive Outlook Aids New Orleans School Recovery NPR
Students and teachers at a New Orleans charter school damaged by
Hurricane Katrina and, later, a tornado have pushed ahead by focusing
on the positive.

Meanwhile, everyone's got slightly different things to say about the NAEP
history and civics scores
released yesterday: Basic scores are up, but
not proficient or advanced. NCLB is holding history back, or helping
kids read better. Younger kids are doing better than last time, but not
older kids. You get the idea. Click below for the Times, Post, etc. versions.

Students Gain Only Marginally on Test of U.S. History  NYT
More than half of high school seniors still showed poor command of
basic facts like the effect of the cotton gin on the slave economy or
the causes of the Korean War.

More Students Know Basics of History SF Chronicle
More students are learning the basics when it comes to history and
civics, but they aren't rising to the next level, national tests show.

Fourth-Graders Improve History, Civics Scores   Washington Post
The nation's fourth-graders have shown significant gains in U.S.
history and civics test scores, federal researchers reported yesterday,
a development that -- coupled with similar recent advances in reading,
math and science -- experts attribute in large part to an intense
national focus on reading.

Social Studies: Can't Get No Respect? AJC
The percentage of students scoring in the “proficient” range in U.S.
history at each grade level was basically the same as the previous
exam. That stagnant pattern also held true in civics. Although, on each
test, some improvement was made in the percentages of students scoring
at the “basic” level.

US students aren't history whizzes, but they're improving Christian Science Monitor
The latest national report card: younger students are gaining, while high-schoolers show little progress.

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