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Marc F. Bernstein is a New York-based education consultant and Adjunct Faculty Member at Fordham University Graduate School of Education, having recently retired after a 35 year career in public education, including 21 years as a district superintendent of schools. His commentary/oped pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, and Education Week. His professional articles have appeared in several professional journals.

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Where All the Teachers Are Above Aveage

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Below is a reprint of the September 30, 2014 Wall Street Journal guest op-ed piece that I wrote. It appeared on page A13 of the newspaper under the title (as chosen by the paper "Where All the Teachers Are Above Average.")

"New York recently released evaluations that rank 95% of...

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Average Is Over

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 5:01 PM

The New York Times columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, recently wrote about three recent advances in technology -- self driving cars, robotic factories and artificial intelligence. The (present and near future) result of these incredible advances has been (will be) the replacement of human labor with "machines."

He then added...

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The Common Core -- A Terrible Implementation

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 4:45 PM

The incredibly poor implementation of the new educational standards -- the Common Core -- has become a rallying cry for parents opposed to standardized testing and for teachers who question the fairness of being evaluated based upon the common core's more demanding curricula.

This introduction could have, and...

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The Impending Teacher Shortage

(18) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 6:30 PM

By the year 2020 there will be a serious teacher shortage, especially in the more demanding subject areas of mathematics and science. Fortunately, there is time to take the necessary steps to turn this shortage into a meaningful education reform that will improve the quality of and broaden the racial...

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Raising the Bar for Future Teachers

(59) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 5:39 PM

My regular readers may remember my May 28, 2013 blog entitled "Everyone Passes Teacher Certification Exams," in which I reported that the passing score among all of the states was at least 15 points below the average score of those taking the state required teacher examinations.

What this...

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Income Immobility -- Educational Implications? Part 1

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Part 1

With income inequality having become a major issue for both economists and politicians, and will most certainly be a factor in the upcoming 2014 congressional elections, a new study regarding income immobility will resound.

This study has found that where a child lives -- the degree of...

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Declining Educational Attainment

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 12:43 PM

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a nonpartisan, international policy Institute which collects and analyzes data and recommends public policies, has issued the latest edition of its education-focused annual report, "Education at a Glance."

This report is significant since it includes data gathered following the 2008 worldwide...

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The Federal Government's Role in Education: School Vouchers?

(39) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Some of my regular readers might remember a previous blog entitled "School Reform or Tuition Vouchers," in which I predicted that if Americans continued to see their public schools as failing their children, they would advocate for government-financed vouchers to pay for tuition at private schools chosen by parents.


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Everyone Passes Teacher Certification Exams

(80) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:19 PM

The federal government now requires states to formally test their teacher candidates before certification is granted to assure parents that their kids' teachers are "highly qualified" to teach. Makes sense... except almost every test-taker passes every state's teacher test.

Across the country, according to the Secretary's (of Education) Ninth...

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School Reform or Tuition Vouchers?

(37) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:08 PM

Seventeen states offer vouchers to pay the tuition for students to attend elementary, middle and high schools that are NOT their normal local public schools. This accelerating trend has paralleled recent years' declining public opinion regarding the quality of public schools.

The following statements are not figments of my...

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Don't Blame the Kids for Not Learning Math -- Part 2

(13) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 12:55 PM

In my last blog, I shared the results of a 2007 National Science Foundation-sponsored study which found that more than 40 percent of middle school math teachers reported themselves less than well-prepared to meet many of a teacher's most significant responsibilities such as:

  1. Monitoring student...

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Don't Blame the Kids for Not Learning Math, Part 1

(63) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Every 10 or 12 years, since 1977, the National Science Foundation (most certainly not a right wing partisan group) has sponsored a study of who is teaching math and science to our kids. A couple of months ago, Horizon Research, Inc. published the results of the most current study, the...

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Is All of 12th Grade Necessary for All Students?

(23) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 8:21 PM

With the coming of spring, so comes the rite of senioritis, that time when high school seniors do very little of an academic nature, and, as a result, often get themselves into trouble due to having too much time, accompanied by too little structure. Actually, senioritis started last year when...

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Can Blended Learning Save America?

(20) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:16 PM

Online education is beginning to revolutionize the instructional delivery system on the college level; it can, and must, do the same in our high schools. As Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz wrote: "Unless current trends in education are reversed, the situation (income inequality and limited economic growth) is likely to get...

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