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Walk for Water: 250 Third Graders Walk Water To Those In Need

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

School's back in session, and lessons abound. In the Mineola School District in New York, the students of Jackson Avenue School are learning the impor...

What Is College For?

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.14.2016 | Education
Charles Kolb

The shortcomings of our K-12 system carry over into the postsecondary years at considerable cost. We still have too many instances of social promotion where high school diplomas go to "graduates" who can't do third-grade math.

I Don't Want My Son To Read In Kindergarten

Jessica Smock | Posted 09.01.2016 | Parents
Jessica Smock

I realized that my son would probably do just fine in public school kindergarten, but only if he could go back in time and attend kindergarten in 1980, not 2016. My son is not ready for kindergarten in 2016.

Of All People, Educators Should Understand Cause And Effect

Peter Greene | Posted 08.11.2016 | Education
Peter Greene

One of the linchpinny foundational keystones of education reform is a confusion between correlation and causation.

Pearson Profits Sag, Stock Plummets, U.S. President Sacked, and More Pearson Blues

Alan Singer | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In January 2015, Jennifer Reingold wrote an article for Fortune magazine that she titled, "Everybody Hates Person." Here are some more reasons why to ...

A Little Ditty About Donald and Diane

Peter Cunningham | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Donald Trump thinks the Common Core State Standards are a disaster and so does education historian turned anti-education reform advocate Diane Ravitch...

If Test Scores Go Up Did Education Improve?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

On Friday afternoon July 29, 2016, New York State released the results of student test scores on Common Core aligned standardized tests administered last spring.

Why Libertarian In 2016? An Interview With Thomas Simmons

Jed Ryan | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Jed Ryan

It's easy to forget that there are more than just two political parties in the United States. The Libertarian Party, officially formed in 1971, is the third largest nationally organized political party.

Dallas Police Shooting Is Not Start Of Civil War

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Saying Black lives matter does not demean other lives; it is not intended to belittle or even "wage war" on the police. It is rather a cry for help from the people who are living in that reality and those who care about them.

The Origami Algorithm And C3 (Common Core Confusion)

Alan Singer | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Common Core math, for better or worse, is no longer about calculations; it is about reading.

Know My Name; Know Me

Teach Plus | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Shawnta Barnes My father, James; my mother, Lisa; my sisters Alice and Sherry and me, I was named Shawnta. "Shawn-ta. Sha-want-ta. Shawn-na. Shaw...

Failure Is a Part of Success: The Gates Foundation Should Be Praised for Owning Up

Peter Cunningham | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.

FedED Threatens Opt Out Movement: New Dog, Same Old Tricks

Alan Singer | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Just when the current crop of presidential candidates was making Barack Obama look good, John King, the new "dog" at the federal Department of Education (FedED), pulls an Arne Duncan and attacks the opt-out movement with the same old set of tricks.

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The Gates Foundation has done remarkable work across the globe. How about taking some of your formidable resources and bringing them on home to America's children and communities?

PARCC Gets Parked: What Testing Companies Don't Want Parents to Know

Alan Singer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Testing companies do not want us to know that Common Core and its high-stakes testing regime are a disaster that do a grave disservice to this nation's children.

Some Educators Have the Know-How to Turn Schools Around - Meet One

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

For the past few weeks I have been writing about Artesia High School in Southern California and the remarkable improvement the school has been making ...

Common Core "Field Tests" Boycott

Alan Singer | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) is calling on New York State parents to support a boycott of new high-stakes assessments being field-tested i...

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The following is a guest post from my colleague, Tracy Dell'Angela, a former Chicago Tribune journalist who has worked for a variety of education poli...

For California's Artesia High School, New Assessments Provide Less, Not More, Information -- at Least for Now

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In which I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. Today, I report on Artesia Hi...

4 Things Worse Than Not Learning To Read In Kindergarten

Gaye Groover Christmus | Posted 08.01.2016 | Parents
Gaye Groover Christmus

The year Sam started kindergarten, he turned 6 in October. He was one of the oldest children in his class, and he didn't know how to read. When he sta...

NY Times Mocks Opt-Out Parents, Fails Common Core English

Alan Singer | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If you are the type of creative mind that starts without a plan, and has to experiment and learn by doing, you need someone to see you through the long and difficult time it takes for your art to reach its true level.

Lost Arts

Michael Elliot | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Michael Elliot

The trajectory of my life was forever changed by Eileen Daniel Riddle and James Gilchrist, two high school theater arts teachers who worked at my pre-busing, segregated suburban high school in the early 1970s.

Results Are in: Common Core Fails Tests and Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The Common Core Standards were officially launched in 2009. The 2016 high school graduating class was in fifth grade. In June 2010 the final Common Core Standards were released to the public and state education agencies. The 2016 high school graduating class was in sixth grade.

Common Core Math: I Don't Hate It

Emily Gallo | Posted 04.29.2016 | Parents
Emily Gallo

When my son first asked me to help him with his second-grade math homework, I was all, "Heck, yeah! Let's do this thing!" I was prepared to be a math ...

How to Approach College Admissions Essays

Ishan Puri | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

The college admissions process is getting more and more competitive each year. In order to apply to US colleges, students usually submit an applicatio...