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The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools - DAVID L. KIRP NYTimes.com

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Mr Kirp says: "As someone who has worked on education policy for four decades, I've never seen the likes of this. "Well, if he had been any classroom practice where learning is the rule, and teachable moments is what the professional teacher-practitoner looks for, he would see how genuine teachers faciliate learning when the principals get out of the way and let them teach as in this school.
"Cognitive and noncognitive, thinking and feeling; here, this line vanishes. The good teacher is always on the lookout for both kinds of lessons, always aiming to reach both head and heart. ..." From pre-K to high school, the make-or-break factor is what the Harvard education professor Richard Elmore calls the "instructional core" -- the skills of the teacher, the engagement of the students and the rigor of the curriculum. To succeed, students must become thinkers, not just test-takers." Must read!

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