Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children’s Television (ACT), died earlier this month at the age of 86, leaving behind a legacy to be thankful for. I’m grateful to Peggy because her work benefited all children, including my three children and six grandchildren—but also because she saved me from embarrassing myself on national radio.
The familiar cliché turns up in a lot of conversations with educators. Normally the emphasis is on the last word, rarely on the fourth. But I believe that “it” is the key word. Just what is the “it” that schools are supposed to do? Rarely do we examine that question.
For the last 18 months or so, three colleagues and I have been immersed in educational technology, trying to figure out how it is being used and abused in our schools.
What kind of year can we expect for public education?
What to make of public schools in Ferguson, Missouri, closing their doors on both occasions, while the local public library kept its doors open–and functioned as a school?
Because I believe that books are a great gift for those interested in public education, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions, with the caveat that I do not have time to read most of the hundred-plus education-related books that come to me during the year.
And now, we bring you this week’s episode of “The Adventures of Sampleman.”