Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.
I respect education policy debate and discussion, but the division and bickering on the Common Core State Standards initiative has me "sick and tired." Not only are education reformers embroiled in a growing verbal death match, but partisan politics has once again taken precedence over doing what's right for kids.
I just read a fascinating book, Restoring Opportunity, by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane. It describes the now-familiar problems of growing inequa...
"It breaks my heart to think there are children out there who are not being exposed to Arts education. We have to change this!" - Ashley Brown As...
Once these implementation wrinkles are ironed out, we believe that over time, a commitment to higher standards for every student will go a long way towards closing the achievement gap.
"So, how's school, fifth grade this year, right?" I asked. Kim's face fell, all the bounce--and light--went out of her. "I'm not an A student," she whispered and looked down at the floor. If you knew Kim, her evident shame and embarrassment would surprise you as much as it did me.
Having studied in both Korea and the U.S., we do not find much to admire about the Korean education system. For all its faults, the "liberal" American system cultivates initiative and ingenuity like no other, a fact which might explain why the U.S. still leads the world in technological and cultural innovation.
Could a failure to integrate learning technology prove detrimental to an educational institution's long term sustainability?
Conversations about education reform have been hijacked by school privatization and longstanding suggestions that have not significantly moved the ach...
The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States.
In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...
Despite shorter schools days, less homework and fewer standardized tests, Finnish students have maintained an exceptional track record in PISA tests over the years, topping the world charts in Math, Science and Reading.
This week thousands of parents and students marched to save their schools and fight for the right of every child to receive a quality education. The march was in response to the mayor's newly announced charter school co-location policy.
Big, emotional battles over policies like the Common Core can dominate the conversation. They flare up, for a time, then burn out, replaced by the next big, emotional policy battle. We say, don't think so much about the headlines. Do your homework.
How do we make room for bold and inspirational public servants if those who dare to take on big issues become largely vilified -- like Cami Anderson?
Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.