Education is overwhelmed with an allegiance to mandated curriculums and standardized testing. Students are tired and weary. Teachers must not think and create on their own -- they must follow the mandated path.
How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.
Every Native American language is in extreme danger. Some of them are looking at language death in the next decade, and some are trying to just stabilize the number of children who are learning and speaking their ancestral languages.
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
The STEM gap is a real and complex issue. We cannot overcome the challenges we face without the collaboration of educators, parents, industry partners and mentors and policymakers with the courage to fight for bold investment in STEM education.
Too often, we fail to strive for excellence or greatness because we believe it is not probable, so why try? Or, we accept the status quo, even if it is mediocre or sub par. "Good enough" will not be adequate to solve the huge number of issues facing our nation.
With computers, the walls of the school and the limits they imposed, no longer existed. Computers are used to find information, track student progress, reinforce the work covered in class, diagnosis weakness in a students' understanding and prescribe an instructional remedy.
Despite the ubiquity of the "bottom third" and similar arguments (which are sometimes phrased as massive generalizations, with no reference to actual proportions), it's unclear how many of those who offer them know what specifically they refer to.
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.