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The False Promise of Core Knowledge

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

The Common Core famously emphasizes evidence-based reading and writing. For Common Core assignments and exams, students only get full credit if they answer questions using evidence from the passage under consideration. Why?

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

Is the Common Core an Attack on Progressive Education?

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Lisa Nielsen

When we insist on measuring the performance of students with cognitive disabilities by giving them a curriculum that is beyond their reach and assessments we know that developmentally they will be unable to read, we are setting everyone up for failure.

Is This The Best Chicago Visitors' Guide Ever?

Posted 02.06.2013 | Chicago

When it comes to Chicago visitors' guides, it is typically blindingly apparent to locals (a) how much time its author actually spent in the city and (...

Teachers Breaking Out of the Box

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

The common core doubters need to dispense with the ideology and focus on what teachers -- and students -- need: a rigorous, comprehensive, and aligned (vertically and horizontally) curriculum.

An 'Act of War?'

John Merrow | Posted 10.09.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Schools do not teach what isn't going to be tested, and they do a bad job of teaching a subject when all that matters is the test score. Treat a human being as little more than a number, and the results are predictable.

Who Is America's Most Influential Educator?

John Merrow | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
John Merrow

A month or so ago, I speculated about the most influential person in American education, then put forth four nominees -- Wendy Kopp, Big Bird, Arne Duncan and Joel Klein.

E.D. Hirsch, Linda Katz, and Mike Smith Weigh in on Reading Development

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Focusing on vocabulary drill can lead educators to forget how kids in affluent homes actually acquire their wonderful lexicon.

Educating for Democracy: Linda Darling-Hammond and the 'Opportunity Gap'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It is surprising to me that Linda Darling-Hammond, admired by educational progressives, has accepted the "national standards" movement as a way to deal with the education "opportunity gap."

Good and Risky: The Promise of a Liberal Education

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

The rise of inter-disciplinarity has not diminished the hyper-specialization in the academy, and the resultant pursuit of status through esoteric language has deepened the gulf between humanists and the public.

Educating for Democracy: Why Johnny (or Janie) Won't Read

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

One of the biggest problems American public education is facing today is a decline in literacy. If I sound like a cultural Puritan, I accept the charge.

Educating for Democracy: E.D. Hirsch's Naive Solutions

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

The emphasis on test scores which, in NY, could lead to the closing of a school if no "improvement" is shown, has created fear in schools with low-performing students.

Aloha, Mr. Hand

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

For all his reliance on social science research, in The Dumbest Generation Mark Bauerlein doesn't present any evidence to justify his assertion that this generation is the dumbest in American history.