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Education Policy

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

Why Don't We Have Family Leave Policies for High School Students?

Naomi Shatz | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Naomi Shatz

Teen parents who are able to finish high school have significantly better outcomes for themselves and their children than those that drop out. That being the case, why do we offer no legal protection for teens based on their status as parents?

A Framework for Preventing Lethal School Violence: Part 2 (of 2)

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

In order to prevent lethal school violence, we need to be able to talk about it. This is a difficult topic to talk about. If we truly want a national dialogue on lethal school violence prevention, then we quickly might find ourselves at a crossroads.

Teacher Urges Congress to Fund Students Now

Teach Plus | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress want to cut Elementary and Secondary Education Act funding, and, according to the Center for American Progress, the savings will be rerouted away from high-need schools and students like mine to low-poverty schools. What sort of vision of education is that? What sort of vision of our democracy is that?

Why Now Is the Time to Go Into Teaching

Sean McComb | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Sean McComb

It's time to move the conversation from dissecting what was said, or whether a single opinion is right or wrong, to focus on why it was said. Why do those sentiments resonate among teachers? What can we do about the underlying challenges?

Rating Colleges

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Stuart Dorsey

Along with baseball and romance, spring means it's time for parents and students to get serious about college search. College is a big investment and the financial and personal payoff to making the right choice is huge.

Is Your Child's Creativity Going Unnoticed?

Mark HT Ridinger, MD | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Mark HT Ridinger, MD

Intelligence is of course an important part of the equation but what of creativity, of identifying and measuring divergent thinking, and fostering its development?

It's All About the Children

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Pocan

House Republicans ironically named their No Child Left Behind reauthorization bill the Student Success Act, which attempts to gut our public education system and take vital funding away from the neediest students. This bill is paving the way for the privatization of education through the expansion of voucher programs.

The Better Way to Improve Education: Invest and Trust

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

Democracy, opportunity, and shared responsibility are core, if sometimes contested, and not yet realized, aspirational American values. We need a society in which there is not just more equal opportunity, but more lived equity.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

Machiavelli in the Classroom

John Ewing | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
John Ewing

The notion that we can judge success after one or two years is simple ignorance. Test scores can be valuable to students, but education is far more than a few dozen tests in Math and English. Education is not naturally a part of politics, and when politicians get involved in the details, they inevitably make a mess.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

The Changing Role of the SEA

TNTP | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
TNTP

To say we're in a time of tremendous transformation in education has practically become a cliché. Unfortunately, most state education agencies (SEAs) didn't get the memo. Many still function as bureaucracies dedicated to compliance and enforcement.

Randomized Controlled Trials: Powerful, But Only When Used Right

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

RCTs are important. They are an outstanding tool that researchers have to obtain better insights. However, RCTs need to be designed better: we need more intervention arms, better control groups, better definition and measurement of other possibly affected behaviors, and longitudinal designs including follow-ups to evaluate long-term effectiveness.

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Parents, teachers and policymakers who listened to Tuesday night's State of the Union address heard an earful from President Barack Obama about his in...

EduScholar Rankings: Where Education Policy Should Be Going, Versus Where It Is

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

There is a gap--no, a chasm--between what scholars find to be at the root of achievement gaps and what we must do to narrow them, and the agendas that many policymakers continue to push.

Joy Resmovits

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

When Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) children were young and their preschool stood on the brink of closure, she snapped into action. She gathered them i...

'American Higher Education in Crisis?' -- A Fact-Filled and Thought-Provoking Must-Read

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Goldie Blumenstyk's new book, American Higher Education in Crisis?, should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of higher education -- faculty, trustees, executives, and government officials, as well as analysts and pundits.

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

The revolution we still need builds on the values of equity, democracy and community responsibility that drove these advances. The revolution we still need seeks even broader racial, social and economic justice.

With an Eye on the Future

Rep. Mark Takano | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Takano

Full-throated support for public education should be a no-brainer for Democratic candidates. They should tout their support for neighborhood schools, while pointing out how their Republican opponents want to slash funding and resources.

Joy Resmovits

The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the ...

Should We Require Computer Science Classes?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.07.2015 | Technology
Rajat Bhageria

it is precisely because we live in this modern world that this recent subject is so incredibly important; everything around us was in some sense affected by code, and yet most of us cannot even write a simple program that calculates how much gas we use in a year.

A Bipartisan Proposal for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

Just when you thought bipartisanship was a thing of the past, here comes a proposal so sensible, so much in everyone's interest, and mirabile dictu, it comes from key Republican and Democratic leaders.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...