"Technology has the power to drive equity, but it can also widen the lead of those who have an advantage. If the technology revolution only happens for families who have money - I don't think it's a revolution."
Playing defense for the for-profit college industry is not unusual for Capitol Hill lawmakers. A high volume of campaign contributions have cemented ties between the for-profit college industry and members of Congress, especially Republicans.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for President. Let the questions begin. My question is, will she be good for public education? Clinton's track record hasn't brought her into education issues very often. But there is one huge honking squealing flashing siren wrapped in a fluorescent red flag atop a high-powered blinking crimson light.
In the Alexander-Murray reauthorization, assessments continue to eat up a notable portion of state education budgets. However, the language allows for states to seriously reduce testing time from that which is required of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortium tests.
In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.
Many children eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.
It is ironic that the Women's Rights Movement which has opened up the doors of opportunity for talented women to have a greater choice of vocation has had a negative effect on recruiting the most gifted among them for careers in education. The future course of education must be to make the profession as attractive as it has become in Finland.
Politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Arne Duncan are very excited about using data collection for teachers and Schools of Education. Here are my recommendations for ranking other professions and people as well.
Who will remain to teach the nation's schoolchildren when the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) succeeds in its plan to force every single pupil, teacher, school, college and university to conform to its Orwellian plan for constant surveillance and measurement of teachers via standardized tests and surveys?
Tulsa's choice is doubly perplexing at a time when the new chair of the Senate Education Committee, Lamar Alexander, is crafting compromises that will undo the policies that coerced states into adopting value-added evaluations, and pulling the plug on the failed SIG that Gist promoted.
Congress is Republican. ISIS is on the march. Common Core and high-stakes testing are under attack. The Affordable Health Care Act may be torpedoed by the Supreme Court. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama evidently need a softer opponent to pad their legacy. The hapless Knicks were probably not available for a pick-up basketball game.
As high-stakes testing becomes even more unpopular, we can also anticipate more of his efforts to pretend that it isn't punitive. But the use of test scores to punish is, by definition, the use of tests to punish.
If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.
Arne Duncan admits "churn," but never admits defeat. He's always already moving on to the next renaissance.
The best single prediction for the top education stories of 2015 was made by the conservative Rick Hess who anticipates: Proposals for "Smart" Policy...
Don't blame public schools or teachers. Our children cannot wait another generation for integration. This country cannot wait for a way to live together and learn with one another.