5 Best Posts of April 2014

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April was a labor-intensive month for Brilliant or Insane. With the move to self-hosting on a new platform, with a nifty design, we produced less content in April than we have in quite some time. Still, tens of thousands of loyal readers visited our much-improved blog.

Here are the 5 best posts from April, based on page views and social network shares.

  1. Noble Schools’ Discipline Policy Sure to Hurt Learning — A Chicago charter school system prides itself on strict discipline. You won’t believe the offenses that get students suspended.
  2. The Case for the Case Against Zeroes — Our education guru, Reed Gillespie, makes a thought-provoking case for teachers to eliminate zeroes from their grading practices.
  3. What if Parents Say No to Standardized Testing — As states continue to ponder the merits of the Common Core, we wonder what might happen if more parents opt their children out of state tests.
  4.  5 Things I think About Twitter After 25,000 Tweets — A fraction of the hundreds of millions of people on Twitter have tweeted 25,000 times. What exactly does this say about the tweeter?
  5. 3 Reasons to Defend James Franco’s Social Media Mistake — Brilliant or Insane managing editor, Anna Turner, puts her insightful, witty spin on the celebrity’s social network faux pas.

Bonus pick: Cleveland Indians Scrub Chief Wahoo From Their Baseball Cap Prompting Curiosity About What’s Next for the So-Called Racist Logo.

These April, 2014 posts were our most popular. So, what did you like that we haven’t mentioned. Check out more posts from April and give us your thoughts.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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