Schooling made new

Technology can break the cycle of mediocrity in America’s public schools and bring down college costs, argues Glenn Harlan Reynolds in The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself.

In constant dollars, education spending rose from $1,214 per pupil in 1945 to nearly $10,500 in 2008, writes Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor who blogs as Instapundit.

Online education and “gamification” will liberate public school students from the education bureaucracy and help homeschooling expand, he predicts. Young people seeking higher education will have low-cost alternatives to brick-and-mortar colleges.

Reynolds is the author of The Higher Education Bubble.

“I am a new breed of warrior that is trying to infiltrate from the inside by actually teaching math as it should be taught,” writes Barry Garelick in Letters from John Dewey/Letters from Huck Finn. “This means—I am told by teachers getting ready to retire—that I should teach in a private or a charter school. ”

As “John Dewey,” Garelick chronicles his journey through ed school as he pursues a second career as a math teacher.  Writing as “Huck Finn,” he describes his experiences as a student teacher and then a substitute teacher grappling with the “ideological, political and cultural divide in math education.”

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