It is a bit like trying to put out a fire in the closet by turning the hoses on the whole damn house. Which would be bad enough, but the policies are pouring gasoline, not water, on the fire.
"I want everyone in a school to experience a sense of joy, and to learn." -- Mikko Salonen All schools in Finland are primarily public schools, w...
As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.
Between 1964 and 1968 Yale Law School was the scene of Perspectives, whose purpose was to encourage and sustain an interest among high-school students in the issues confronting a free society by exposing them to a variety of perspectives. Our goal was the development of an analytic and questioning spirit -- elevation of their social, political, and artistic literacy.
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.
Governor Jerry Brown isn't much of a party animal, as his latest low-key inaugural festivities suggest, but he showed again that he does have a knack for making a set of impressions.
Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.
This leaves principals and school administrators tasked with conducting teacher evaluations in a rapidly changing educational environment that can be unfamiliar if not altogether intimidating.
Why aren't more students motivated and why haven't we figured out how to get them motivated? The problem with motivation is not necessarily an issue with students or even with teachers as some might think.
In a 2012 article in The New York Times called "China's Rise Isn't Our Demise," Vice President Joe Biden wrote a cogent summary of Am...
During her childhood, unsung heroine Dr. Dena Simmons often slept with the sound of gunshots echoing in the background of her family's one-bedroom apa...
As university presidents, deans, lawyers and counselors are called to task for their missteps in handling the rash of campus sex abuse scandals, the one group that has the most interaction with students is largely left out to sea -- their professors.
So let me see if I've got this right: We have drug dealers in high places, murderers on our city streets, the FDA protecting the interests of the pharmaceutical companies, racial tension in our communities, yet all the governor wants to fix is the teacher evaluation method?
I hope all teachers love their job. What does loving your job mean in the context of teaching? I don't mean you have to feel like sunshine and rainbows all the time, because it's obviously hard work with many ups and downs.
Teachers have long wanted a say in how schools operate, but the system as a whole hasn't been prepared to accommodate their voices. But more often than not, these teacher leader roles have developed by osmosis rather than intent or planning.
Like the banner on that aircraft carrier and the promise of "No Child Left Behind" to make all kids proficient by 2014, the entire reform enterprise is a lie. But those who have influence and wealth, claim that they have performed miracles as they boast of their accomplishments.