Archive for October 2013

Final exams in high school--unnecessary

I hate high-school final exams—giving them, not taking them.  Nineteen years ago when I started teaching in the Chicago Public Schools, I avoided giving them because I never saw the point.  If students already demonstrated their learning in writing assignments, large and small, and took a few multiple choice quizzes to show me if they... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools students benefit from dual-enrollment courses

Franco La Porta, a senior at Hancock High School on the Southwest side, writes about the value of this partnership between Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago in this guest post. There isn’t an instruction manual for college. We can’t just look up, “how to go through college,” on YouTube and hope... Read more »