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The Common Core Brake Job And The Need For A National Standards Discussion

Alan Singer | Posted 01.05.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

President-elect Trump and Secretary of Education nominee Betsy "Amway" DeVos promise to get rid of the national Common Core Math and English/Language ...

Long Island School Board Opposes Nomination of 'Amway' DeVos

Alan Singer | Posted 01.02.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

At its December 19, 2016 meeting the Board of Education of the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District voted unanimously to oppose the nomination...

Public School Curriculum Encourages Teen Poets To 'Get Lit'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts

Criticisms of the Common Core curriculum have mostly centered on its staunch adherence to keeping things new, fresh and relevant. English classrooms a...

An Anti-Trump Agenda For American Education

Alan Singer | Posted 12.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

It is not enough to be a critic. If educators, parents, and students, and progressive citizens are going to transform public education in the United States we have to develop an Anti-Trump Agenda and build an Anti-Trump social movement.

Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I'm Skeptical.

Peter Cunningham | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative government will be good...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Fadel

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We need to re-examine college entrance requirements (and their tests).  They hold change hostage to antiquated and incomplete requirements.  Massiv...

Rebranding Common Core -- Same Old, Same Old

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

New York is in the process of revising Common Core Standards, at least that is what its State Education Commissioner claims.

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 05.21.2017 | 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...