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Academic Standards

Reflecting on the Journey: How States Implemented Higher Standards

Chris Minnich | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Chris Minnich

No two states are exactly the same. What worked for the Cromwell Public School District won't necessarily work everywhere, but the more transparent states are about their experiences, the more they can learn from one another. For all the controversy around these standards, there are countless stories of states and districts working together for a better outcome for kids and that's the real story.

Why I Don't Trust Psychologists, Thanks to Idaho State University

Jocelyn Eikenburg | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Jocelyn Eikenburg

(Photo by Paula Silva via, licensed under a Creative Commons License) "Maybe you could talk to a counselor about that." That's what a go...

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The following is a guest post from my colleague, Tracy Dell'Angela, a former Chicago Tribune journalist who has worked for a variety of education poli...

Enhancing Student Academic Progress Through Interdisciplinary Environmental Education

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

Making the environment part of our education system will be no simple task, but it is very important. We need to create a more informed American population about real environmental problems.

Career/Technical Education Helping High Schoolers

Jack Jennings | Posted 12.09.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

Many kids today are strongly urged to go to college, but don't like the usual route to get there--an emphasis on academic subjects. Therefore, they find high school "boring." Career/technical education can be attractive to those students because its purpose is to teach skills needed to get a job.

The Brave New World of Campus Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report that compares faculty and administrator compensation. It comes as...

Lower Graduation Requirements Won't Harm Texas Students? Prove It!

Linda Rosen | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Linda Rosen

Texas has made a momentous decision to turn back on reforms that seemed to be yielding positive results. It's not enough to assert that all will go well. At the very least, the state should commit to reporting on the consequences, good or bad, of its big reversal.

Performance Funding for Higher Education

Tim_Hall | Posted 04.17.2013 | College

I'm a believer in performance funding for state institutions of higher learning, at least where some measure of sense is displayed in devising the appropriate formula.

Whence Cometh Professors' Stress?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Kate Blanchard

All life is stressful, and academic life is no exception. The wise professor is one who tries to relieve some of that stress, or at the very least, not to make it worse.

Florida Terminates $20M Contract To Build Education Assistance Website

Posted 11.01.2012 | Education

Florida’s Department of Education has terminated its $20 million contract with Infinity Software Development, a Tallahassee technology company it hi...

Are You Ready?

Jon Whitmore | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Are you ready to move on to the next course in school? To advance to the next level of piano, karate, dance or swimming lessons? To succeed in college? To begin your career? To earn a professional license or certification? To pass the bar exam?

Professing Hard Work

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

College professors are yet again being flayed in the media. This time, an opinion piece in the Washington Post follows a well-worn path, complaining that professors are vastly overpaid. Let me demonstrate why this is dangerously out of touch.

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

So what tips the scale of achievement one direction or the other for different students? We believe that expectations play a much larger role than most people realize.

To Waive Or Not To Waive

Margaret Spellings | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Margaret Spellings

This is the first of a series of posts former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is writing for The Huffington Post over the next few week...

Joy Resmovits

Expanding Charters, Bolstering Vouchers: New Round Of State Laws Focuses On Education | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Since the Republican takeover of state legislatures around the country, states have been passing loudly-trumpeted laws that revamp teacher...

It's About the Students, Stupid!

Marc Lampkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Lampkin

When was the last time a teachers' union sued to demand higher academic standards? When has a teachers' union ever demanded more accountability in our classrooms?

Your Free Market School Choice

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Shaffer

Attention everyone who has legal custody of school-age children! Just in time for the 2008-09 academic year, I announce the opening of New Paradigm A...