Joe Nathan

by Joe Nathan – Guest Columnist How can public school options help youngsters? Pam Jutila, a mother in Ramsey, has been writing to me since April. She described how her three youngsters have gained from options. Her first note commented on a column about a student who had trouble in a large high school and [...]

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Good intentions but no price tag and too many priorities. That’s how I’d describe a new national Equity and Excellence Commission report. Here’s a brief summary of the report and a few reactions. Several years ago, Congress created a 27-member group that included two national teachers union presidents, college faculty, several lawyers and directors of [...]

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  Remember recess? Was it a relief? Are your memories mostly about fun and games? Or was it sometimes traumatic, with kids picking on you or others? Turns out that there’s a lot of rethinking going on about recess. In some places, recess unwisely is being eliminated. Fortunately, Minnesota district and charter public schools seem [...]

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BY JOE NATHAN Guest Columnist   Here’s hoping the pathetic, tragic story of Penn State football encourages a wider discussion about young people and sports. Yes, that is quite a generalization, and leap from what’s happened at one university. But I think it’s justified. And we’re about to see huge attention paid to Olympic athletes. [...]

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BY joe Nathan SUN NEWSPAPERS   Three important questions come from “Do Schools Challenge our Children?”, a new report by the Center for American Progress: • Is school too easy for many youngsters? • Should we believe student surveys? • If the answer to the first two questions is “yes,” now what? CAP describes itself [...]

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