Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.
My third grade teacher was fabulous; in fact, in my 20 years of education I had a lot of really wonderful teachers. However, it is Mrs. Mason who inspired me to take on the challenging work of reforming the way teachers are evaluated, compensated, hired and retained.
Real progress comes from young renegades thinking outside the box willing to take risks to challenge the status quo. It is this kind of science that gets lost in the shuffle every time the giant pork machine dispenses its largesse to the usual suspects.
Given the enormous changes, challenges and opportunities facing the entire educational industry and every individual college, a critical foundation of effective organizational stewardship that will foster the imperatives of change is harmony.
Communicating in a large, heterogeneous and complex enterprise can be difficult, very much like trying to make waves by throwing a pebble into a tar pit. This is true whether an organization is mission-based, margin-based or a combination of both.
We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.
Many of us head into the new calendar year with optimism, resolutions and business/career plans. But how do you ensure that you're not among the "resolution-breakers" for 2013? Here are a few practical tips.
The sub-text of the report is that those in charge of the Near East Bureau and Diplomatic Security dropped the ball, though the Review Board was careful to not find the senior leadership to be so derelict of duty as to warrant immediate discipline.
The people who run failing schools act as if they have a data problem -- not an education problem -- and it is the data problem they set out to repair. The system has disregarded -- or forgotten -- its purpose.
Whether it is in the U.S. presidential election campaign or as a result of the debt crisis in Europe, people on both sides of the Atlantic are debating the role of the state. Do we need more government or less of it?
The promises we make speak volumes about who we are. Whether your promise is as casual as committing to your partner that you'll eat better foods or as serious as eliminating abusive behavior, the promises we make -- to ourselves and others -- have tremendous power.
Colleges and universities should not need government regulation to do what is right. We must begin to take more seriously the major investment that our students and their families are making with us, and demonstrate why it is a good one.