AERO E-News June 2nd 2009

Two items caught our eye…

FairTest to Honor Deborah Meier, Create Award in Her Honor

FairTest has an event in Manhattan coming up on the 4th to honor 2008 and 2009 AERO conference keynote speaker Deborah Meier. They have also announced the creation of the Deborah W. Meier Award for heroes in education. Visit here to find out more:
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Education Satire from The Onion and on YouTube

Visit our blog at: for links to a humorous article from The Onion and a great video on YouTube by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Here’s the first couple paragraphs from the article:

WASHINGTON—A shocking report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week revealed that a growing number of the nation’s educators struggle on a daily basis with some form of teaching disability.

The study, which surveyed 2,500 elementary and high school level instructors across the country, found that nearly one out of every five exhibited behaviors typically associated with a teaching impairment. Among them: trouble paying attention in school, lack of interest or motivation during class, and severe emotional issues.

“For teaching-disabled and at-risk educators, just coming to school every day is a challenge,” said Dr. Robert Hughes, a behavioral psychologist and lead author of the study. “Even simple tasks, like remaining alert and engaged during lessons, can be a struggle. Unfortunately, unless we take immediate action, these under-performers will only continue to fall further behind.”

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