No Easy Answers: What’s New at WKCD

So much of teaching and learning falls outside the answer box.
What happens when street smarts enter the SAT? When we ask middle
school students to take intellectual risks? When teenagers meet up
with Web 2.0? When we wonder what the “Jena Six” can teach us? has some uneasy answers. Featured, too, are voices from
Burmese youth along the Burma-Thai border.
SAT Bronx: what we know that you don’t know
An upcoming book by a group of students and teachers at Bronx
Leadership Academy 2 brings educators new perspectives about the
culture of minority youth in urban schools. And students who read it
may realize just how much “insider knowledge” they have at their
fingertips. Here we present a sneak peek at one section of SAT
Bronx, which will be available from Next Generation Press in winter
Just another way to judge us?
In the crucial middle school years, what do students make of the
assessments they receive concerning their academic progress—from
teachers directly, or via standardized tests? What encourages them
to take the risks involved in real learning, and what holds them
back? Here, as part of our Voices in the Middle Grades Series, we
present students’ own words on what helps them grown into confident
Youth meets Web 2.0
Wikis, blogs, social networking, podcasts … welcome to what the
tech-savvy call “Web 2.0.” Who are its biggest users? Teens. “Teens
know that ordinary citizens can be publishers, movie makers,
artists, song creators, and storytellers,” writes researcher Mary
Madden. WKCD has compiled a list of resources for adults and youth
wanting to ride the Web 2.0 wave.
What can Jena teach us?
Most teachers believe their schools are free of ethnic or racial
bias, yet studies indicate that one in four students are victims of
racial or ethnic incidents during the course of the school year. A
growing movement of educators believes that a good education should
teach youth—particularly low-income youth and youth of color—to
understand and challenge the injustices their communities face.
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