Common Core Standards is the equivalent of a steamed burrito in a plastic pocket--enough nutrition but not enough nutriment. Those who are truly feeding their minds, and those of their children, are not seeking their intellectual calories from what, essentially, are empty warming trays of mystery meat.
Poverty isn't like polio, which can be cured in one treatment. The factors that lead to a child being in a disadvantaged family at preschool are likely to persist afterwards, and top-quality education is needed at every age to help children overcome effects of poverty.
The messages we convey to students matter. They are deeply embedded long after they leave our classrooms. As we begin this school year, let's make sure we choose the right message.
TNTP have decided to stake out a middle ground on the tenure wars, claiming that we don't need to eliminate it -- just fix it. And to that end, they have eight proposals to create "a more balanced system." It's all in this very fancy "paper," which I am now going to "respond to" in this "blog post."
School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.
In order for us to one day achieve the vision of providing all children with excellent education, Teach For All and other social impact alliances must increasingly come together to improve the breadth and depth of work being done.
What are the benefits of students being exposed to both an Eastern and Western education during the course of their high school years? How would you steer the experience towards optimal learning and how might today's technology enhance the experience?
I did my best to sum up how education policies are destroying education and, more importantly, harmful to students, on a recent HuffPost Live segment.
I stumbled upon a hidden treasure recently, right in my backyard of Princeton, New Jersey. The Gilded Lion is a wonderful antique store, located at 24 Chambers Street, where it has stood since 1989.
When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.
I have seen everyone give their opinion how to teach. I consider myself a somewhat intelligent man -- never a genius -- but a hard working individual. I attended public school, went on to a respectable university, and then continued with two masters degrees. But I have to bow to people who are in the trenches with me everyday.
Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.
It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.
The U. S. Department of Education has just released draft regulations that will substantially change School Improvement Grants (SIG). Within the doc...
In order to elevate ourselves to a better situation financially, and to properly set-up our young people for life, we have got to stop believing that what worked in yesteryear will work today. With job attainment and security now proven to be a myth for many both young and old, people need to start thinking outside the box.
I may not be skilled enough to set a broken leg or brave enough carry a person from a burning building, but I, like my colleagues, can work to inspire a teenager to believe in his own potential, to see that her future depends on hard work and perseverance, to teach them the math they will need in high school and beyond.