Monthly Archives: March 2012

VIDEO: The Shelf Life of a School Principal

VIDEO: The Shelf Life of a School Principal
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Watch Hertz Furniture's School Matters Blogger and School Principal extraordinaire, Karmi Gross as he shares insights into an interesting phenomena amongst school principals. Principals walk into their role with a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm, ready to change the world. "But then things start to flatten out" says Karmi. Statistics show that the shelf life of school principal is 3 to 5 years while the longevity of top executives in the business world is much longer. Why the diffference? Watch the video to learn more.

Yes Virginia There is a Khan

Cute boy and girl looking at the laptop with surprise. Virtual learning.
Well, now the secret – if something millions of people already know could be called a secret - is out. And many in the education community are getting nervous, very nervous. Yes, Virginia, the Khan Academy really does exist. Yes, forget about pencils, forget about books, and certainly forget about teachers’ dirty looks. Sol Khan will teach you all you need to know.

The Air Force Bake Sale

Air Force Fighterplane
Bumper sticker noticed on the back of a van: It will be a great day when schools have all the money they need and the Air Force has to run a bake sale to buy a bomber. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the Air Force, and bombers, when used against the right people, can right some of the world’s wrongs. But the point of the bumper sticker is still cogent. Why do schools have to struggle to fund their programs while millions are doled out to other causes?

The Siren Song of Standards

Race Track
So here we go again. Once more we are presented with yet another savior, the answer to all that ails the educational system in the United States: curriculum standards, or to be more exact the new Common Core Standards. Well, you ask, haven’t we been down this road before? This stuff sounds so familiar. Don’t individual states already have quite extensive and detailed educational standards that guide student learning and enhance achievement. What has changed?