by ALISTAIR BOMPHRAY
A godsend of a day off here in Hayward finds me messing around on the Internet (of course). Here are the five best things I found:
1. An interactive feature in the NY Times where you can quantify the diversity of your school district and see how it compares to other districts in your county, state, etc. For four years I’ve been spouting off about the diversity of Hayward Unified and apparently it’s only the 14th most diverse district in Alameda County (which, by the way, is the 3rd most diverse county in the country). Also, it shows trends in demographics over the last 15-20 years: http://projects.nytimes.com/immigration/enrollment
2. A short video about progressive education in the 1940’s. Too bad standardized testing got in the way between then and now:
3. A Florida first grader is committed to a mental institution after a temper tantrum. Check the ridiculously long and detailed police report: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0212102haley1.html
4. An article and video about the discrepancy between the way students use technology and the way it’s used in the classroom: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/02/03/02kids.h03.html
5. A beautifully done audio slideshow about a student at Bronx Lab School in New York. Joshua’s story is exemplary of the complex and tenuous relationship many urban teens have with education. If you’re an urban teacher, you have to watch this one: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html#/joshua_febres
Happy President’s Day Weekend, y’all!