This aspect of school reform has been lurking around the edges for some time-- the notion that once we find the super-duper teachers, we could somehow shuffle everybody around and put the supery-duperest in front of the neediest students.
15 Lessons from a Festschrift Howard Gardner with Mindy Kornhaber and Ellen Winner T...
New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.
market forces and consumer behavior take longer to impact academia than other institutions. Academic tradition, arcane processes and the drive to consensus are all hard to overcome. That's why Rick Levin's decision to join Coursera is so important.
"The numbers add up." But what of the lesser numbers -- the ones that are, well, less than prime -- and hence, don't quite add up? Was there anyone who would speak for them?
Democracy can be a tool to recognize the shortcomings of a nation, but it takes effort to turn it into a vehicle for equality.
Thirty years ago, there was no better progressive state legislator in Massachusetts than Tom Gallagher, who migrated to Beacon Hill after graduating from Boston College and working as a part-time public school teacher.
"History has a point of view; it cannot be all things to all people." -- Samuel Taylor When it comes to textbooks, every school district in the natio...
They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.
Should we -- teachers, that is -- be fighting to maintain job protections for our colleagues whose incompetence is at best negligent and at worst abusive? How about we concede a baseline of quality in each classroom?
"Technology is the hope for many low-income students who cannot afford the more selective institutions. It's one answer to getting costs under contro...
In honor of Independence Day, I was thinking about how America's founders would think about evidence-based education reform if they were around toda...
I have worked for CAVA for eight years -- since my oldest son was nine months old. For several years I recommended CAVA to homeschooling friends and colleagues with young children. Then things began to change.
Dr. King famously said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." The Civil Rights Act changed the face of the nation, bending the arc sharply on July 2, 1964. But much work remains. On the 50-year anniversary of its passage, let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building a fairer, more just society.
The drive to privatize educational governance, especially with respect to expansion of charter schools, has two unstated goals. One is to open up the vast education market to individuals looking for a new profitable place to invest their capital. Another is more cynical.
MOOCS are forcing us to think about online education, which is already here and here to stay. Call them MOOCS, called them distant learning initiatives, call them blended learning courses... the revolution has begun.