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We Need Young People to Become Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

It is nothing short of a miracle that we still have so many excellent teachers in our schools. I want young people to become classroom teachers. The first step toward making that a reality is to let teachers know they are wanted and valued.

What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Linda Esposito, LCSW

While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

Here's What Is Wrong With the Common Core

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Larry Strauss

How do we teach creativity, innovation, collaboration, and intellectual empowerment to our students in a system that is oppressive, repressive, based on mistrust and fear?

8 Questions About The Common Core You Should Know How To Answer

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. If you keep hearing about the Common Core but don’t know exactly...

Coddling, Competition and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick

Parents feel that they are pawns in a race to outperform other countries. Parents don't care about how their kids are faring in relation to Finland or South Korea. They care about the education and well-being of their children.

Coddling, Competition, and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal

We need to change the rhetoric.

Lessons We Can Learn From White Suburban Moms and the Common Core

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

This incident has offered an important opportunity to assess the nuanced realities of what test scores can, and cannot, tell us about schools, and whose voices are, and are not, being heard. If Secretary Duncan takes it as such, future efforts to improve education will likely be more successful.

Will States Fail the Common Core?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

If the Common Core is sunk--by default or design--it will undercut our ability to give all kids access to what they need to succeed and, of course, will undermine confidence in public education.

The Problem With the Common Core Math Standards

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

When discussing politics, citizens should speak to one another as clearly and sincerely as possible. Right now, the Common Core literature uses technical terms and tortuous prose to sell an educational philosophy that may not deliver what it promises.

5 Reasons the Common Core Is Ruining Childhood

Katie Hurley | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

The people behind the Common Core might think that they are ensuring college/career readiness, but what they are really ensuring is a generation of anxious robotic children who can memorize answers but don't know how to think.

Joy Resmovits

Big Obstacle To New Common Core Teaching Standards | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- On a sunny summer afternoon, teachers fill a bright red auditorium in the basement of the Soho headquarters of Scholastic Inc., the educat...

Pro-Gun Group Wants To Stop 'ObamaCore'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

Do the Common Core State Standards promote an anti-gun agenda? That’s what the Tennessee Firearms Association apparently thinks. The nonprofit p...

How Does The Common Core Compare To Previous Standards?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the sta...

But Why The Common Core?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A decade ago, American education leaders received some alarming news: On a pair of international tests, U.S. students were far behind their peers in c...

Common Core Standards for Mathematics: The Real Issues

Edward Frenkel | Posted 12.10.2013 | Science
Edward Frenkel

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have been adopted by 45 states and District of Columbia, and are due for implementation in the fall of 2014, but controversy around these standards is continuing unabated -- alas, for all the wrong reasons.

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

Jim Shon | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Jim Shon

The promise of a more meaningful, and deeper, learning experience held out by the idealized Common Core Standards cannot thrive within the traditional factory model of a school.

These People REALLY Hate The Common Core

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

Parents and students of America, beware. A new set of education standards is already at or coming soon to schools around the country, and it seems to ...

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

Joy Resmovits

This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Growing up in downtown Manhattan as the son of a psychiatrist and a college president, David Coleman never wanted for stimulation. At the ...

The Test of the Common Core

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

We should be leery of the forthcoming "core-aligned" tests -- especially those in English Language Arts that people are rightly anxious about. These tests could endanger the promise of the Common Core.

Why I'm for the Common Core: Teacher Bashing and Common Core Bashing Are Both Uncalled for

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Teachers in a typical American classroom cannot rely on their students having acquired any specific item of knowledge. But effective classroom teaching depends on key prior knowledge being shared by all the members of the class.

Joy Resmovits

'Truly Disturbing' Number Of High School Seniors Unprepared For College Or Work | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Only one-quarter of high school seniors who took the ACT college admissions test this year scored high enough to be considered ready for college or th...

Joy Resmovits

Jeb Bush Defends Obama-Backed Education Plan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush once again defended the Common Core education standards in front the American Legislative Exchange Council's highly-prote...

Joy Resmovits

The New Curriculum Wars? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

As politicians bicker over the controversial Common Core education standards, some states are already well into the process of teaching them, accordin...