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Nancy Pine

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Specialist Teachers in Elementary Classrooms?

(18) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Strange question? Although most in the U.S. would prefer not to have China's all-controlling exam system, we covet the high scores of that country's students. We then decry our students' test scores, lamenting our "failing schools" and chastising teachers. Why can't we excel like they do?

Well, there's a...

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Longer School Days Not Good for Quality

(10) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:25 AM

I never thought I would be agreeing with Chester Finn, Jr., but his recent Gladfly post, comparing educational goals in Singapore and the United States, strikes a chord. While Singapore is pushing mightily to increase educational access for its citizens, it aims at quality and increased access...

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Disruptive Schooling

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 2:31 PM

At a time when more and better education is crucial to economic strength and international competitiveness, the public schools have been reduced by over 300 thousand jobs in the last four years, declares a New York Times editorial (10/7/11). Class sizes are rising at the same time children...

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Teachers Need to Take Control of Their Professional Lives

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 3:18 PM

Value-added scores and teacher assessment are not going to disappear from the educational landscape anytime soon. Several states are already including value-added scores in future evaluations. New York State will make them 25 percent of teacher evaluations in 2013; Pennsylvania and Ohio already use them. So do many districts in...

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Technology Not the Fix for Low U.S. International Ranking

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 1:02 PM

The United States has slid to "average" ranking in the new K-12 international assessment administered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Results of this news are predictable. There will be a call for 'more rigorous' teaching, for 'higher standards,' for better resources, and a rush for quick-fix...

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