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Teacher Jim Bentley on the Importance of Civic Education

May 22, 2010

Tags: civic education, civic education in america, civics, jim bentley, joy, joy hakim

Because of what I do, I meet great teachers. They are the ones who come to conferences and booksignings, who seek out a writer. California’s Jim Bentley is one of those great ones. He teaches fifth grade and, in addition to having his students read history, he has them actively participate in civic activities.

I asked him some questions recently and, as I expected, he gave me much to think about.

What is the proper role of civic education in America?

Here are Jim’s words: (more…)

Test Scores

April 15, 2010

Tags: Tags: Civic Education, civic education in America, civics, Jim Bentley, Joy, joy hakim

The test scores keep rolling in: Reading scores stay “flat” as the gap between rich and poor becomes a chasm. In science we rank somewhere in the middle of the international scene, gazing wistfully at places like Singapore and Finland where students excel in math and physics. Are their kids smarter than ours? Are their teachers more skilled? I don’t think so. But I do think we are off-course in some of our teaching methods. (more…)




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