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Weekend Reads: When the school-to-prison pipeline doesn’t involve travel

Alan Petersime
  • Some schools, especially in the South, have discipline codes that make them feel — and operate — a lot like prisons. (The Marshall Project)
  • Counterpoint: Tough, military-style discipline is falling out of favor in schools. But an English teacher says some students might need it. (The Atlantic)
  • From Bangladesh to Boston, look inside 15 classrooms from around the world. (Answer Sheet)
  • A North Carolina teacher says she switched to a charter school after 10 years because her district kept ending programs that worked. (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • A teacher says she’s noticing more colleagues assigning ID numbers to their students and she doesn’t know why. (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
  • A new coalition aims to “modernize” teaching. But its member groups can’t agree on what that means. (Teacher Beat)
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s personal take on his investment in Newark’s schools: Yes, there’s work to do, but we also made gains. (Facebook)
  • An argument against the acronyms and jargon that turn conversations about education into alphabet soup. (Hechinger Report)
  • A New Zealand educator outlines the project-oriented approach that he says is paying off in the schools where he works. (Real Clear Education)
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s report on the impact of its Race to the Top grants omits discussion of downsides. (Politics K-12)
  • Chicago’s teachers union appears to be inching toward a strike, although a “practice vote” wasn’t as clear-cut as the union announced. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Charter school advocates and critics are united in the wake of a study showing that virtual charter schools don’t help students. (Buzzfeed)

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