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Some Governors and the Common Core: 'Hot Friends Cooling'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Hoping to advance your own political career? Better be quiet about Common Core. Amazing how a number of formerly outspoken, pro-CCSS governors have strategically opted for silence (or some other form of distance) regarding the now-highly-charged CCSS.

How Do We Build Schools Worthy of Our Democracy?

John Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Sustainable gains must be inextricably rooted in the strengths of our constitutional democracy. Lasting improvements must be organically connected to an open society which prizes the exchange of ideas.

Longer School Days Not Good for Quality

Nancy Pine | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education
Nancy Pine

Every time I head for China, U.S. teachers and parents ask me how we can get our students to be more like the Chinese students. Meanwhile, the Chinese tell me how much they long for American-style education.

The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Nick Rabkin

If more education policymakers begin to recognize the poor returns that school reform has brought, we may, even in this time of deep economic strain, see a new openness to the arts in our schools.

Class Bias, Class Size and Online Learning

Leonie Haimson | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

It seems that the D.C. think tanks are absolutely dedicated towards further encouraging this trend and destroying any efforts to retain equitable class sizes in our public schools.

Can the Philanthropic Billionaire and the President of the AFT find common ground?

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

There's nothing wrong with trying to raise the bar on teacher quality. But if Gates' reform strategy is to make all teachers equal in skill, he's barking up the wrong tree.

Education Reform Debate Needs Bigger Battlefield

Karen Symms Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Symms Gallagher

Few will dispute that more education reforms are needed. But many of the prescriptions may not be up to the task of dramatically improving student achievement.

We Need Business Leaders Who Know About History

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If we are going to break out of this economic crisis, we don't need business leaders trained in business schools. We need leaders who know and understand history.