Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.
There is one area of education where we are still stuck in the middle ages -- and it's having an increasingly deleterious effect on our society. For lack of a better term, sex education, is a too often ignored area of study and it's high time we had a candid discussion about it.
The Fall College Application Season has arrived. And kids are showing up on college campuses nationwide, dressed in their finest duds, scouting out the hallowed halls of the ivory tower.
While much is being said in the media about the diversity discrepancies in specialized high schools, no one's saying that the test itself is at fault. So why are the mayor, the chancellor and the DOE working so hard to change it?
Common Core has a brand problem. Two separate national surveys demonstrate rapidly declining support for the Common Core State Standards initiative.
There is certainly little evidence to support test-based accountability with substantial consequences for schools and teachers as it is being used today.
Testing young children doesn't measure anything important and the tests have collateral effects that may be long-lasting.
Let's be clear: No one likes homework. Children groan at the thought of more school work biting into their increasingly diminishing free time. The stress of this added load often degenerates into yelling and tears -- often my own. So when a progressive public school in Quebec announced it was banning homework for elementary school children, I cheered.
Think tracking your spending is all there is to money management? You might notice your debt shrinking and your savings growing, but you could be doing a lot more to fatten your piggy bank.
OK, here is a math word problem for you: How many different ways can you arrange five keys on a circular ring?
As Latinos, as Americans, as citizens of this world, we are called, now and always, to act. We are called to educate. We are called to support our children and help them reach their full potential. You too can Teach Orgullo. Create oportunidad. Join us.
We no longer need textbooks. Nor do we need the simple, outdated, standardized-tests used to weigh how much content that students have consumed.
Marc Tucker, president and chief executive of the National Center on Education and the Economy, recently unveiled a proposed accountability plan for public schools that includes significantly reducing the number of tests students take, and building extensive professional development time for teachers into every school day.
If we want to deconstruct the walls and instead build opportunities, then we must elect a state superintendent with the ability to recognize and address the specific needs of all students, including our minority and first-generation college students.
As a high school history teacher, I know first hand that it can be tough being a student, particularly a teenager. Teachers are a critical support system to care about students and consider the needs of individual students.
If you don't regularly work with sign language interpreters, you might not know that there are certain rules and expectations. To avoid complicating the conversation, making the interaction uncomfortable, or even offending the Deaf individual, here are some basic guidelines to follow:
Social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and private sector leaders are all pioneering new models of teaching and learning, new methods of training teachers, and better systems of evaluation.