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America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.

Students for Education Reform

Forrest Richardson | Posted 08.29.2012 | College
Forrest Richardson

Our education system needs to adapt if America is to remain strong, but steps required to keep America globally competitive are not being taken.

Schools Should Rethink Bigger Classes In Early Grades: Study

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.15.2012 | Education

Small class sizes are crucial for learning at the younger grades, but may be less important as children mature, according to a new study. The repo...

Will Our Federal Government Renounce Their Proposal to Increase Class Size?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Not only is class size reduction one of the top priorities of parents and educators as shown in numerous surveys and polls, it is one of only a handful of reforms that have been proven to work through "rigorous evidence."

Arbitrator: District Teachers Overworked, Underpaid

Posted 04.05.2012 | Education

Portland Public Schools officials overstepped in forcing district teachers to take on more classes and students, and owe affected educators a total $1...

Coal for Christmas

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

With class sizes increasing due to teacher layoffs, and the dismissal of reading specialists, it is not far-fetched to say that learning is being jeopardized by less money being spent on education.

Education Reform: Where's the Debate?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Schools do not operate in a vacuum. Poverty has devastating effects on a child's social and emotional development. For our poorest students, just getting to school can be a challenge.

All Classes Great and Small

Ellen Siminoff | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Ellen Siminoff

While we strive to serve students with more personal attention and a comfortable learning atmosphere, it is important to recognize that not everyone learns optimally in the same way. Some subjects may be more effectively taught in a larger setting.

VIDEO: How Do Class Sizes Affect Student Success?

| Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

According to the Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) study, students placed in small classes of 15 students, compared to students placed in large...

My Class Size Matters

Larry Strauss | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Class size matters, and it matters for all of us, except, perhaps for the very least effective teachers, those who are either completely incompetent or who have cynically stopped trying.

Joy Resmovits

Tradeoffs: Reduce Class Sizes Or Increase Teacher Pay? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- Every morning at PS 148 in East Elmhurst, Queens, teacher Monique Bertolotti greets her 27 third graders, who speak English as a second la...

Obama's Speech to Congress: So Why Am I Skeptical?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

We've witnessed several years of this administration generally unconcerned about rising class sizes and teacher layoffs. The truth is that for the past two years, their priorities have pointed in an entirely different direction.

Joy Resmovits

Rick Perry 'Full Of Contradictions' Say Texas Teachers | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Texas students and teachers went back to school Monday, 10 days after the man they cite as the cause of their schools' funding-related woes announced ...

Does Class Size Really Matter?

Salon | Peg Tyre | Posted 10.07.2011 | Education

This article was adapted from the new book "The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve," available Aug. 16 from Henr...

Why Do Politicians Blow Up When Asked Where They Send Their Own Kids to School?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Rahm Emanuel, the new Mayor of Chicago, walks out of an NBC interview when asked when asked what school he intends to enroll his children in. He intones: "My children are not an instrument of me being mayor." But everyone else's children are.

Why Class Size Matters

David Kirp | Posted 08.29.2011 | Education
David Kirp

Radically different approaches to teaching and learning change the equation. They demonstrate why small classes matter.

Joy Resmovits

How It Feels To Be A Teacher In Wisconsin On June 27 | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education

Margarette Allen was never ashamed to be a teacher. She still isn't -- for the most part. "I'm proud of what I do," the Manitowoc, Wis., high scho...

The Top 10 Universities With The Highest Percentage Of Small Classes

Posted 07.31.2011 | College

Yesterday, US News and World Report released their list of universities with the highest percentage of small classes. Unwieldy, research-centric univ...

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.

Teachers, We Honor and Respect You!

Leonie Haimson | Posted 07.03.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

It's teacher appreciation week; and in a letter in EdWeek published Monday, Arne Duncan attempts to convince teachers that his policies actually reflect respect towards their profession.

Obama and Duncan on South Korea: What Can They Be Thinking?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Recently, South Korea's former minister of education warned Americans against praising the "educational zeal" of South Korean parents, saying that Korean schools had become too test-centered.

A New Approach to Holding Charter Schools Accountable

Seth Andrew | Posted 06.04.2011 | New York
Seth Andrew

On paper, Harlem Day Charter School should be a resounding success. It spends more per pupil than most suburban schools. Class size is small. Yet student achievement is unacceptably low.

Letter to the Lawrence, Kan. School Board

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Reducing class size, particularly in the early grades, is one of the very few educational strategies proven to increase learning and narrow the achievement gap.

Lessons From Finland: Teachers And Unions In The World's Best Education System

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

On March 16, I sat down with Finland's Minister of Education, Ms. Henna Virkkunen, for a discussion of the Finnish educational system -- and what less...

In the World of Corporate Ed Reform, Failure Is no Impediment to Success

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Zeke Vanderhoek gets more publicity for failure than most people do for success.