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Thursday is TechDay: Distributing Cognition

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Today’s Thursday is TechDay is a look at the future in distributed cognition. We hear from all sources of media that communication technologies are evolving at an astonishing rate. What lies around the bend may make you laugh or perhaps roll your eyes. It debuted at TED in 2009 and it falls […]

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The Kids Are Alright

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney On television, Glee is all the rage now, consistently scoring in the top 20 of shows that people of all ages watch.  I like Glee.  How can you not like a bunch of kids singing showtunes?  It’s a latter-day Mickey Rooney/Shirley Temple “let’s put on a show!” kind of TV that is […]

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Why can’t researchers be superintendents?

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens I am not so egotistical to think, if given the opportunity tomorrow, I should run a school district. I have three years of teaching experience, one year of administrative experience, and three years of research experience. In short, I am young and inexperienced. Bill Tierney, on the other hand, is old(er) and […]

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Guest Blogger Yvonna S. Lincoln on Waiting for Superman

By Yvonna Lincoln

Yvonna S. Lincoln is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Program Chair of the Higher Education Administration Program at Texas A&M University. “Waiting for Superman” is a documentary about contradictions.  The title comes from a young boy’s dream that Superman will someday come, and somehow eliminate poverty, substandard housing, and bad schools.  But of course, Superman […]

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Guest blogger Lauren Anderson on Waiting for Superman

By Lorraine Solaegui

Lauren Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on teacher education policy and practice. She currently teaches masters and doctoral students in the MAT program and TEMS concentration. Having finally watched WFS, I find myself compelled, disturbed and perturbed. How could it not be compelling? Beautiful […]

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WFS…beyond the Ivory Tower

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin 21st Century Scholar readers spend time thinking about education.  Chances are, many of our readers  have even spent time in underperforming schools – perhaps conducting research or implementing reforms.  Maybe blogging about educational conundrums or writing about remedying public education?   I’m in that group.  I’m also a mom and spend quite a […]

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I’m not waiting for Superman; he isn’t even my favorite superhero

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Davis Guggenheim, the director of Waiting for Superman, said that his ultimate goal for the film was to catalyze education reform. Knowing that makes thinking about the movie a little easier for me. Why? Guggenheim is a story-teller. His credits include Melrose Place, An Inconvenient Truth, Deadwood, and Party of Five. He is not a […]

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Movie Review Week – Waiting for Superman

By Bill Tierney

This week 21st Century Scholar hosts a week of reviews on the acclaimed and controversial movie Waiting for Superman. Waiting for Godot by Bill Tierney How can you not love the kids and the hopes of their parents in Waiting for Superman?  “She will go to college,” one mother tearfully says, “You don’t get a […]

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Imagine…

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin Next week we’ll be blogging about the movie Waiting for Superman.  Michelle Rhee features prominently in the movie.  I saw her speak two weeks ago.  She is impressive – and among many things, a master storyteller.  I keep returning to one particular story she shared (very briefly paraphrased below).   Apparently when she […]

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The Thursday Pop with Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

Benny and the Jets, Hooters, & offer letters: Adventures in financial aid It’s 9:31pm on Sunday night. I’ve got a 19 month old. We can’t get her to sleep. What is the one thing that takes her down every time? Elton John’s 1974 classic, Benny and the Jets. She’s been listening to this song since […]

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