This is a quick round-up of what happened on the CASTLE blogs last week…


Sue King discussed her thoughts on wrapping up another school year.

Barbara Barreda noted that we need to rethink learning and curriculum resources when we move to 1:1 laptop programs in our schools.

Angela Maiers wrote about students who read without meaning.


Justin Bathon was busy last week! He wrote about the always-exciting area of teacher pension funds, the digital efficiencies that may come with electronic textbooks, an editorial in The Atlantic about K-12 education, and Senator Harrison Williams. He also highlighted the National Conference of State Legislators’ online bill tracking database and wondered if NCLB is a ‘hostage of fortune.’

In addition, Justin teed off on a news story about student sexual harassment:

The operating assumption here, and it is explicitly acknowledged in the article, is that kids are sexually harassing each other all over the place. Kids are probably exposing themselves everyday, fondling each other, forcing kisses on each other, raping each other. That is the clear modus operandi of all teenagers because they are "hormonally charged." To support these assumptions, she quotes a consultant who would benefit if such was the national perception. We must assume the worst, and that assumption must override any data … because, well, we all know that schools and tennagers are bad, in all cases.

Dangerously Irrelevant

Posting here at Dangerously Irrelevant was light as I was busy with Summer Book Club preparation. I posted two book club updates:

I also squeezed in a quick note about why I never let my visitors’ ability to comment on my old posts expire.

Happy reading!