Handing millions over to the likes of Michelle Rhee is idiocy. Rhee is nothing more than some Frankenstein creation of bored philanthropy. Be careful, mainstream America. In promoting Rhee, you are confusing cash flow for substance.
TFA is not only sending young, idealistic, and inexperienced college grads into schools in neighborhoods different from where they're from -- it's also working to destroy the American public education system. As a hopeful future teacher, that is not something I could ever conscionably put my name behind.
Nearly one year ago, a teenage girl was shot by gunmen for defying a Taliban campaign to close schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Her name is Malala Yousafzai.
We propose a Welfare to Homework program. In this program, parents would be trained and paid not to leave home to go to work but to stay home and become part of the educational team. These parents might even been paid a bonus for their children's attendance and performance at school.
"Schools are driven to place too much emphasis on test scores that capture what can easily be measured. In doing so, they neglect other important sk...
This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. Foreign language requirements have long been a core requir...
Texas hasn't gone soft. As a parent of two sons in public school, I can vouch that we all still want our kids to get good grades so they can go to good colleges. But the tests, which were promised to bring improvements, are increasingly impediments to education.
While traditional education reforms to incorporate greater flexibility and higher standards into the system are still necessary, they are not sufficient. Even more important is to restore the student at the center of system, and refocus on improving learning.
Let's make it happen and empower today's youth so that they can empower the generation after them and beyond.
As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expen...
I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.
Momentum around reclaiming the promise of public education is growing. Yet market reformers still seem to operate in an evidence-free zone.
Someday we will say, as we should be saying now, that we cannot tolerate the loss of so many young lives. We cannot continue to blame teachers, principals, and schools for our society's collective abandonment of so many children.
I recently had a conversation with my guidance counselor and according to her, I'm Asian, but I'm not "the typical Asian student," which I'm sure she intended in the best of ways. What an interesting statement to make.
We believe that these 20 teachers are role models: They are working against the odds to create the kind of just, humane and forward-thinking educational system we all yearn for.