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The Market for Teacher Voice

Allie Kimmel | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Allie Kimmel

The teachers unions are under attack -- and not just from Scott Walker. In addition to attacks from politicians, media, and the public, some teachers have also voiced criticism of their unions.

Obama Rally Party Crasher

Concord Patch | Tony Schinella | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

Before the bus even pulled up to the Statehouse, Charles Pewitt, an independent activist who supported Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in t...

Career Educators Are An Investment Too Easily Squandered

Shaun Johnson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

There are quite a few key players out there suggesting that short-term teachers, alternatively trained and certified, are going to solve all of our problems, particularly in urban areas.

Joy Resmovits

Court Decision Could Affect Education As Much As No Child Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.30.2012 | Education

When Althea, a student in Mauldin, S.C., started taking Yvonne Mason's senior English class, the pregnant teen only wanted one thing: to graduate. ...

On the Ethics of Selling Slingshots

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Slowly, but hopefully surely, the progressive community is learning that Goliath is no less of a Goliath when he shows up to battle wearing a t-shirt that says "I heart kids."

Rethinking the Learning Experience: Part II

Tom Segal | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education
Tom Segal

The enthusiasm with which states and districts have taken to the Common Core is certainly heartening, but it still remains to be seen what implementation of the standards will look like within the classroom.

Solving the Puzzle of Athletic Excellence and Academic Mediocrity in Urban Schools

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Marcus Bright

The widespread occurrence of academic mediocrity and athletic excellence in urban schools presents a significant challenge for students, parents, policy makers, and the collective society.

Lessons Learned for Educators From the Wisconsin Recall

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

With no friends in the state house and little strength left with labor unions, Wisconsin teachers, and perhaps educators nationwide, might need to think about taking individual stands on principle.

When Ed 'Research' Makes You LOL

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

We owe it to students and to ourselves as tax-payers and public school stakeholders to make sure that our education policy is made on the basis of sound evidence, instead of joke-worthy reports.

Transforming Schools to Match the Needs of a Minority-Majority Nation

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Brain-based research is starting to demonstrate that the benefits of being bilingual go a lot deeper than knowing another language. And the schools -- and states -- that are ahead of the curve are acting accordingly.

School Board Votes to Stop Caring About Test Scores

Tony Phillips | Posted 07.31.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

So the intermediate Gatsby is, as it turns out, not Gatsby at all -- it's something 67-pages long that panders to possessors of feeble vocabularies, probably the types of kids who vomit before standardized tests.

Romney Shifts Focus To Education, Teachers' Unions

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Originally planning to focus on education, Mitt Romney instead reignited the debate over his business credentials on Wednesday, wel...

Activists Targeting U.S. Schools, Backed By Big Bucks

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon May 15 (Reuters) - During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rh...

How Science Works

Priyamvada Natarajan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Science
Priyamvada Natarajan

The reality of how science works is in sharp contrast to the way most Americans seem to see it--perhaps as definitive, time-limited, and based on speculation or assertion.

News Flash: Tea Party Dies in Colorado

Auden Schendler | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
Auden Schendler

The school district announced that it was moving to a four-day school week. Children in the county will now get an inferior education -- something that will hurt them later in life, and hurts businesses in the region that need an educated workforce.

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Professionals - Part 1

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Here's a powerful challenge to the world of education: Improve the profession of teaching.

Group Writes Scathing Report: What Kind Of President Would Romney Be On Education?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

President Barack Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney haven't been talking much about education's toughest questions aside from recent attention o...

The Missing Teachers

Jay Mandle | Posted 06.30.2012 | Education
Jay Mandle

The quality of public school education almost certainly was damaged. Between May 2007 and May 2011, the number of teachers in the United States decreased by 223,770 -- a decline of almost 6 percent.

Why Subcontracting Causes More Problems Than it Solves

Ethan Miller | Posted 06.27.2012 | College
Ethan Miller

How can we keep both our university administrations and these large corporations in check and help fix some of the problems that subcontracting causes?

The Link Between Housing, Education, and Opportunity

Jonathan Rothwell | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education
Jonathan Rothwell

Reforming discriminatory zoning laws and taking other steps to promote residential and school integration could have potentially large benefits to the nation's future by making educational opportunity more equal.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Moving From Pilots to Policy

Richard Buery | Posted 06.03.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

If the incoming mayor really means to narrow achievement gaps, he or she must increase access to early childhood education, parenting supports, health and nutrition programs, and after-school and summer enrichment programs.

Our Very Own Hunger Games: How to Fix Standardized Assessments

Dan Ross | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

However, now that March has come and gone, I recognize another link between The Hunger Games and those 31 violent days: March is the month during which most states put their students to the slaughter, more commonly known as standardized testing.

Evolution Meets Education (Again)

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Christopher Brauchli

Oklahoma and Tennessee's legislators' most recent attacks on evolution started in each state's legislative session in 2011 and were carried forward into this year's sessions.

Why College Students Need to Support Their Professors

Ethan Miller | Posted 05.28.2012 | College
Ethan Miller

So what causes professors who have advanced degrees to be paid poverty wages while students go into thousands of dollars of debt to pay for school? A lot of this comes from the increasing corporatization of colleges and universities, a trend that was started in the late 20th century and has continued since.

A People-(Em)Powered Evaluation System

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

We owe it to our students, and our shared future, to marshal the resources and the public will necessary to create school systems that invest in their people instead of tests.