As education is funded by real estate taxes, there will always be savage inequalities in schools across America. Lower real estate taxes, from impoverished neighborhoods, guarantee that students will have poorer buildings, less equipment, fewer microscopes, books and supplies.
We have a tremendous amount of work to do to ensure that all children in America have the excellent education they need and deserve. But personal attacks and inflaming the conversation to create superheroes and super-villains is underproductive and overindulgent.
Perhaps Brown would be interested in knowing that charter schools, non-union schools and schools without tenure protections actually don't outperform their counterparts.
The listening tools, consensus building techniques, and the discipline that organizing teaches will all be used by area pastors and leaders in the months to come. It's just too bad that all of these efforts can bring only justice and healing in the short and long term, instead of immediately.
Great teachers communicate their passion for their students as human beings and show them how to connect to the great thinking and caring of other people thus opening the world and a world of possibilities to them.
If you do not feel safe as a teacher -- not just physical safety, as that's a whole different blog entry -- in terms of having an administration who believes in your strengths and abilities and is willing to invest in you, then your job is a lot harder and less effective.
Amelia Bedelia The Book Report -- by Lisa Johnson For teachers and educators, the ability to creatively combine web content with interactiv...
Education is America's most important issue but at times the level of public debate borders on the ludicrous. Essays like this one devalue the hard work that so many teachers, principals, parents, students, teacher unions and yes, reformers, are doing together to get better.
As students return to school this fall with the echoes of gunshots and angry protests reverberating across the country, how will teachers address the lessons of Ferguson? Will they even be able to do so?
It's no secret there is an incredible middle-skills jobs gap right now, with not enough qualified workers to fill open positions in the U.S., especially in STEM fields, energy and manufacturing industries.
Most of us have been students, quite often for 12 or more years of our lives. And because of this, it's easy to think that we've accumulated enough experience with teachers to know at least what teaching is, perhaps even how it ought to be.
Given the well-founded concern about third grade reading, you'd imagine that policymakers would be rushing to implement proven approaches. But the reality is otherwise.
Three years ago, we launched New Voice Strategies, a nonprofit designed to close the empathy gap by giving individuals a more direct say in our public institutions.
The bureaucrats charged with implementing the Common Core dodge the flak from right and left, pointing out that the Common Core is a set of common standards, not a prescribed curriculum. This defense, while limitedly accurate, is irrelevant. The problem with the Common Core is that it drives bad education.
Last year, public education funding in the United States eclipsed the $600 billion mark for the first time. Despite the volumes written about specific...
The world is changing, but many schools are not. Are the needs of our learners being met, and will they be prepared to succeed in this world?