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Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
This article reports that educators are still searching for the right blend of academic and developmental strategies for middle school students. More than a decade after a prominent group of middle-grades reformers set out to infuse higher academic standards into what critics deemed the touchy-feely world of middle schools, many teachers are still…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
Chanelle Brown has not found much she can relate to in the classic texts assigned in her English classes at Evanston Township High School. A top student, the junior has toiled through "The Odyssey," "All the King's Men," "The Scarlet Letter," and other standards, she said, while many of her classmates at the suburban Chicago school have given up…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Student Attitudes, Adolescent Literature, Secondary School Curriculum
Keller, Bess; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
The debate in the U.S. House of Representatives over whether the mass killings of Armenians that began in 1915 should be declared "genocide" has been resolved in practice in many American classrooms. That era has become intertwined with lessons on the Holocaust in the history curriculum. This article describes how teachers are finding ways to give…
Descriptors: Current Events, Civil Rights, Death, History Instruction
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
Aspiring middle school teachers in the United States take fewer math courses and are less knowledgeable in the subject than their counterparts in South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries. That gap in teacher preparation, coupled with curricular differences, could help explain achievement disparities between American students and their peers in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
Hoff, David J.; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
President Bush says that the No Child Left Behind Act is working, pointing to student-achievement results from a single subsection of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and tentative Reading First data. But the evidence available to support his claim is questionable. The data Mr. Bush cited are from just the "long-term…
Descriptors: Test Results, Researchers, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
This article discusses a problem teachers encounter relating to how to teach the delicate topics of 9/11 and Iraq war. Five years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, and in the midst of intensifying debate over the nation's approach to battling terrorism, teachers around the country are trying to determine how, and when, to teach about…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Terrorism, Teaching Methods, War
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
Children don't have to be academically gifted to take advantage of some of the richest, and most fun, learning opportunities at South Grove Elementary School in New York. In fact, average pupils, those struggling to keep up with their grade-level peers, and even youngsters in special education all take part in the kinds of activities and projects…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, School Districts, Curriculum Enrichment, Academic Achievement
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
In this article, the author talks about Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School, where educators are blending technology more heavily into the teaching of arts and music than most other schools. Arts teachers are integrating computer software with traditional instruction in dance, music, theater and visual arts to spark students' creativity. It…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Music, Conventional Instruction
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
More than a decade ago, no one held out much hope for the poor, immigrant children at Kennedy Middle School. Nobody thinks that now. This article presents how Kennedy Middle School transformed and beat all the odds to be a "school to watch." In many ways, Kennedy Middle School has become a model of middle-grades improvement. Test scores,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Poverty, Middle School Students
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2004
Nearly 140 years have not erased Georgia's memory of the trail of destruction by General William T. Sherman and Union troops as they burned their way from Atlanta to Savannah during a critical campaign of the Civil War. Those weeks in late 1864 have left a lasting influence on the state's history and culture. This article deals with Georgia's…
Descriptors: War, United States History, History Instruction, Educational Change