Our communities depend on the quality of educational opportunities to thrive. Yet far too many students in our country never make it to college or arrive on college campuses ill-prepared for the academic rigors of post-secondary course work.
The adoption of college and career ready standards now invite the questions: How do teachers, students, and families know students are meeting these higher standards? What expectations have been communicated to teachers about what students should be able to do with what they have learned?
We are days away from the New Tech Network (NTN) Annual Conference (NTAC) ─ six days of learning, professional development and collaboration among educators from more than half of the US states and Australia and China.
As members of very different "camps" on school reform, we think there is more common ground than has yet been evident in the political process surrounding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its later iteration, No Child Left Behind.
Koch-backed organizations and foundations are at the forefront of the anti-Common Core campaign, which is not surprising. What is surprising is that Koch money is going to the other side in the Common Core war as well.
It isn't every day I head to the White House and share ideas with the President and First Lady, but on Thursday I'm attending the White House Summit on College Opportunity, discussing ways to strengthen the college-to-career pipeline for low-income students.
Back in 2006, I was present at the first meeting of state organizations and educators to discuss the possibility of states developing a common set of education standards that were more rigorous than what states were currently using.
They can learn some of the workplace social and negotiating skills from these encounters which are relatively low-risk. But they can also learn explicitly by asking questions and for guidance. Just learning how to ask questions is a workplace skill.
People think of education as something the young engage in, but education is right at any age. Changes in the workplace have meant that the skills once adequate from a high school degree are no longer the skills that will allow for advancement today.
What is interesting is that managing all the aspects of your college career are like a job. They are training for all the things you will be expected to do in your personal and professional life later. You can feel good about yourself and your skills when you get it right.
By continuing to make schools a citywide priority -- and by tying them to the future of this City -- Bloomberg inspired everyone from private citizens to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEO's to realize that they can and must do something to help.
Employers are not happy with their new hires among young people. The issues range from the inability to communicate well, manage multiple priorities and problem-solve to being self-serving and seeking salaries above what they are worth.
Although (like Cunningham) I have not seen an advance copy of Ravitch's new book, I did read a review that says the second half of the book offers an alternative agenda, and my hunch is that it does go beyond a direct focus on poverty.
Change is hard. Raising standards is hard. Evaluating ourselves and our schools is hard. Facing the truth about the quality of education we provide is hard. But denying and distorting the truth only makes it worse for children.
Even if educators and business leaders initially speak different languages, we're all saying the same thing: we need better-prepared graduates and employees, with the skills, preparation, and qualities needed to support a thriving economy.
College students have been known to make all kinds of mistakes, including stupid ones usually involving too much beer. Here are seven scenarios where not speaking up can be a disaster. They play out far too often on campuses daily.
Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.
College is a time of transition. Adolescents are ready to take on more responsibility for themselves and have to learn sometimes that there are consequences for actions. But college is a relatively safe space to learn those lessons.
Adapting to higher standards and raising expectations may prove challenging, but they are the steps we must take so that our kids are successful in high schools and prepared for colleges and careers. Readiness is worth a celebration.