There's a promise we make to the next generation: Graduate from college and you can get ahead. Yet, as we make this promise, public higher education institutions nationwide are facing a troubling trend of disinvestment. Students deserve better, and now is the time to act.
No Child Left Behind was awful, but it imposed high-stakes testing on only about one fifth of teachers. The worst harm was inflicted as Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers extended bubble-in accountability to every educator.
The bottom line is that "equal" and "accountable" sound great in a political speech or interview, but in reality they lead to resegregation and the disproportionate denigration of educational experiences for children who are not white.
How can we protect against school owners' ability to befriend, cajole, bully and buy the regulators and elected officials who are supposed to be holding them accountable for their use of taxpayer funds? That's the real puzzle.
If reformers want to hold us accountable for each child, wouldn't we have to hold them accountable for every child damaged by their policies? Wouldn't we end up in an even greater education civil war? Or maybe we should...
"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.