It's easy to get caught up in the headlines that paint the education world as a black and white battle field; 'for this,' 'against that,' a slew of divisive buzz words detracting from the work we can do best together. We're here to put an end to that paradigm.
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.
The nature of homework -- at what age it should start and what it should ask of children -- will continue to evolve. For now, perhaps we should want something better for our children than subjecting them to the same pressures that make our lives so hectic and stressful.
As the researchers were in Singapore, they were looking for an amazing new solution they could bring back to U.S. schools. But instead of grand key, they found that as Singapore students did their work, they were consistently reinforced with two ideas: attitude and perseverance.
When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.
Some bad news makes you question whether we, as a nation, have the smarts, the wherewithal, the old-fashioned grit to solve our problems. For example: while the rest of the world's kids seem to be getting smarter, our kids don't. But why?
If I were Arne Duncan, the first thing I'd attempt to change is the mindset that grades are the end-all, be-all. I would try to encourage people to try and not worry about if they fail, that it's OK to mess up.
The good news is that teachers and parents are open to the idea of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The bad news is that parents and teachers don't have a lot of information about what the Common Core really is
This is the essence of American education's existential crisis: if we want education to be a jobs program, we have to treat it as one. If we want it to be and do more, we have to stop treating it as just a jobs program.
The word "educate" derives from the Latin educare, understood as "to bring forth, to draw out, to support". As the French government is rethinking their secondary education, they should look across the Atlantic to learn a thing or two about the meaning of education.