Since its launch just 5 months ago, Pass The Chalk has touched on a broad range of issues, including the Chicago teachers’ strike, how to support students’ mental health, coming out as a teacher or student, life in our nation’s Native American communities, and most recently, the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But there's also a ton of stuff we didn't talk about. As we approach year's end, we asked some of your favorite contributors to reflect on the most overlooked education stories of 2012. Here’s what they said.
(Note: Pass The Chalk will be on hiatus until January 2, 2013. We look forward to resuming our regular publication schedule in the New Year. Have a wonderful holiday!)
One issue I’d like to have seen more coverage on is the sheer proliferation of charter schools in Minnesota (and other areas) and the consequences—both positive and negative—it has had. Working in the first state to allow charter schools, I see some massive issues (students switching schools on a weekly basis as they “shop around”) and also some massive strengths (Minneapolis’s Hiawatha Leadership Academy was ranked No. 1 in the state for closing the achievement gap). I haven’t seen tons of coverage looking at both sides of this issue, along with states that still don’t have charter schools. (Blair Mishleau, Twin Cities '12)
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Chicago Youth Violence
I was disheartened (though not entirely surprised) not to see more in the media on the violence that wrought devastation in Chicago this summer. For many reasons, the Chicago teachers’ strike not least of all, this story never seemed to own a news cycle. I was particularly curious to hear how educators were approaching this topic in their classrooms. (Ursa Scherer Robinson, Teacher Leadership Preparation and Development)
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