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Entries by Tom Vander Ark from 06/2009

American Tests Fail the Test

| Posted 06.02.2009 | Politics

One of the top two reasons we don't have the schools we need is the way we test kids (the other is work rules for adults, but that's subject for anoth...

US Public Ed Like GM in the 80s

| Posted 06.05.2009 | Politics

The challenge is inventing (and investing in) the future of learning. This is a task for entrepreneurs and the risk takers that support them.

New edu-employment bargain key to good teaching

| Posted 06.07.2009 | Politics

The 'good teachers make all the difference' research is now driving edu-investment. The theory goes: make good teachers, schools get better. I sub...

Duncan Needs a Big Lever to Close 5,000 Bad Schools

| Posted 06.11.2009 | Politics

Edu-curmudgeon Diane Ravitch wants to kill NCLB and go back to local control. Most folks working in education would agree with her EdWeek commentary ...

New Leaders for New Schools

| Posted 06.17.2009 | Politics

The first big challenge is getting state and district officials to do the right thing and close failing schools. It's politically difficult to close bad schools, even the worst have a constituency.

More Bad Education News (And Some Bright Spots)

| Posted 06.19.2009 | Politics

For someone that spent most of the last 10 years working on this problem it is discouraging to see the grad rate dip this low.

Innovating or incrementing?

| Posted 06.21.2009 | Politics

The New York Times asks "Can governments till the fields of innovation?" The story profiles John Kao who recently launched The Institute for Large Sca...

Dropouts: Attitudes and Antidotes

| Posted 06.24.2009 | Politics

About half of low income and minority students fail to graduate. The causes are complicated. Perhaps most foundational are our attitudes about and aspirations for young people.

School Choice for Equity

| Posted 06.27.2009 | Politics

Education is political -- especially in America. We argue about ends (standards), means (pedagogy), how students show what they know (assessment), sc...

Brooks Suggests Education Course of Action

| Posted 06.30.2009 | Politics

I'm trying to figure out whether the stimulus bill and a hard charging Secretary of Education will produce any real progress.