Richard de Meij

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People who don't spend 5 hours a week online learning will make themselves obsolete, says AT&T CEO

Adapt, or else, is apparently the new marching orders for employees of AT&T.

Faced with competition from not just from Verizon and Sprint, but also Google and Amazon, the telecommunications giant is working aggressively to make sure its employees catch up and get ahead of the changing technology of …


School policies have gotten smarter in the decade after ‘No Child Left Behind’

Michael J. Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Chester E. Finn Jr. is a distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus of the institute. Both hold fellowships at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

A decade ago, U.S. education policies were a mess. It was the classic …

Common Core

Is homework stupid?

The average American high-school student spends seven hours a week on homework. The average for students across all developed countries is about five hours (pdf).

Is it all a colossal waste of time?

Mark Barnes, a former teacher and author, says yes. He tells Quartz his experience teaching, and …


Response: Principals Must Support Teachers in 'Quest of Continuous Improvement'

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(This is the first post in a three-part series)

This week's question is:

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Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits, Johns Hopkins study finds

As some may know, dopamine is the chemical that gives us pleasure whenever we receive a reward.

So what if you promised yourself to start getting up …

The Brain

Udemy Thinks It’s Cracked the Future of Online Education

And says it has the users to prove it

On the advice of my new writing instructor, I’m penning this story with a focus on clarity, eliminating what he calls “fuzzy thinking.”

My teacher, Shani Raja, has a long list of other grammatical peeves: Unsightly widows, misplaced modifiers and jargon, to name …


Secret Teacher: parents, stop undermining us in front of your children

I left school crying recently after parents’ evening. But it wasn’t a student who reduced me to tears – it was her mother.

I had just finished giving my speech about becoming who you want to be, leading by example and using lunchtime sessions to focus on learning, when I looked to her mum for …


The French Are Dumping Their Language

The French just announced that they will make some major changes to their language. This is a major move, quite different from other moves by other countries. You see: the French are not only the great bastion of culture, they are the great bastion of culture because they were the first …


The teacher recruitment crisis: views from the frontline

The National Audit Office (NAO) has laid bare the extent of the recruitment and retention crisis in teaching. The number of teachers leaving the profession has increased by 11% over three years and ministers have failed to hit their recruitment target for four consecutive years (despite a £700m …


She? Ze? They? What’s In a Gender Pronoun

WASHINGTON — What happens when 334 linguists, lexicographers, grammarians and etymologists gather in a stuffy lecture hall on a Friday night to debate the lexical trends of the year?

They become the unlikely heroes of the new gender revolution.

That’s what happened here earlier this month anyway, at …


Testing: An Unfortunate Roadblock In Student Learning

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It's state Regent time in NY and that pretty much means we stop classes in the high schools and allow …


I quit: why do so many young teachers abandon the profession?

Illustration: Andrew Dyson

New teachers fear they won't be registered in time for school
• Government considers plan for teachers to make the grade

With …


Technology has hijacked family dinnertime. Watch the Pepper Hacker reclaim it.

The Most and Least Paid Teachers in the World — Chalk Talk

Even the education industry has a 1%

Ever met a teacher making over $138,000 a year? Maybe you should talk to educators in Luxembourg, where the …

Salaries & Wages

Dutch Language Acquisition

During the Dutch Language Acquisition lessons the students are learning more about the Dutch language and culture. Most students show a lot of …


English Language Learners: Differentiating Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities

This unique guide for special education teachers, teachers of English language learners, and other practitioners provides the foundational …

Language Learning

Noam Chomsky's Theories on Language - Video & Lesson Transcript

Language and Its Acquisition

Few would argue the significance of language in the evolution of the human species. Language serves many critical …

Don’t Walk Into a Classroom Without Knowing This About Non-English Speakers | The Edvocate

Let’s have a brief discussion about English Language Learners and Limited English-Proficient students.

Students who are not proficient in English are …


Krashen's theories of language acquisition- do they still have value in the ELT classroom?

Robert William McCaul and Marek Kiczkowiak debate the merits of Krashen’s theories on second language acquisition. Can second languages be learned in …

The Fairy Tales That Predate Christianity

Using techniques from evolutionary biology, scientists have traced folk stories back to the Bronze Age.

Stories evolve. As they are told and retold to new audiences, they accumulate changes in plot, characters, and settings. They behave a lot like living organisms, which build up mutations in the …

Fairy Tales

Let's Replace Transcripts With Portfolios

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The transcript has been a tool …


France Thinks Its Keyboards Are Ruining the French Language

The French government has been dictating what counts as the proper French language for almost 400 years now (save for a nasty little break during the French Revolution), but while it may have picked fights with words like "software" and "hashtag," it's apparently never bothered to standardize the …

French Language

The case of the missing “u”s in American English

When my American editor asked me to research why Brits spell their words with so many extra ‘u’s, I immediately knew he had it all wrong. As a British journalist, it’s perfectly obvious to me that we have the correct amount of ‘u’s, and that American spelling has lost its vowels along the …


Everyone Uses Singular 'They,' Whether They Realize It Or Not

Talk about belated recognition. At its meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, the American Dialect Society voted to make the 600-year-old pronoun "they" their word of the year for 2015. Or more precisely, a particular use of that pronoun that grammarians call the singular "they." This is the …


The Most Common Language Spoken in Your State, Besides English and Spanish

The news: Despite growing efforts to make English the official language of the U.S., America's linguistic landscape is only becoming more …


America's Lacking Language Skills

Budget cuts, low enrollments, and teacher shortages mean the country is falling behind the rest of the world.

Educators from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., this past Thursday to lobby in the interest of world languages. It was Language Advocacy Day, an annual event on Capitol Hill …


There are a lot of ridiculous myths out there about raising bilingual kids - Quartz

By the age of two, children are typically able to say a few hundred words. My son, Alexander, was able to understand almost everything in both languages—Greek and English—but he could say only six words.

Our concerns grew as we watched younger kids overtake his speaking ability. Like many parents, …

Language Development

The 33 books every teacher should read

1. How Children Succeed: grit, curiosity and the hidden power of character by Paul Tough

Chosen by Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education and

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

CEO David Bailey describes how he taught himself French in only 17 days

Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.

I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation fluency in 17 days using the following techniques. Note that I had previously …


Five alternative careers for teachers

Teaching can be an enormously rewarding and attractive career, but it’s not for everyone. A growing number of teachers are choosing to walk away (the numbers of new recruits leaving the profession has tripled in the last six years) with a large number blaming heavy workloads.

But the decision to …