Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.
Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.
What will it take to turn around a city's underperforming public schools in just five years? It's a bold question a group of Jacksonville philanthropic funders set out to tackle in 2012.
Ninety-five percent of everything is unimportant baloney, crap that we humans use to torture ourselves and each other. Neckties. Eye shadow. Funny hats. Hair length. Only five percent of what we deal with is true and important and lasting.
In what other part of our society would we accept 8% approval without demanding change - change that we control?
Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."
How are Brazil and other Latin America countries innovating mathematics education? This year, 35-year-old Brazilian mathematician Artur Avila became the first Latin American to claim the prestigious 2014 Fields Medal.
A specter is haunting America - the privatization of its public schools, and Big Money has entered into an unholy alliance to aid and abet it. Multi-billionaire philanthropists and others are making common cause to hasten the destruction of public schools.
Haynes and a growing number of other schools around the country are trying to flip the script by making learning the constant, and time the variable.
STEM is indeed critical for American economic competitiveness and progress. So naturally you'd expect that STEM subjects would be among the best researched of all, right?
By breaking outside of the traditional classroom environment, teachers can help new lessons and new leaders emerge.
Public policy for public education is destroying it. Wholesale. That's the only conclusion I can draw from screening "Rise Above the Mark," a new documentary designed to spark a much-needed conversation about what is happening to public education.
Some of the classic Not-Entirely-Truisms of the Reformster Movement have been quietly retired. For instance, one rarely hears the claim that teachers had major input in creating the Common Core anymore because there's hardly a soul left who can say it with a straight face.
A great failure of our educational system today is its inability to reaffirm -- much less inspire --the sense of a larger purpose in American youth.
The only way to improve data-driven scores en masse is to use public policy to address the main cause of low test scores: poverty. The only way to improve them in a given school is to teach to the test.
"90% of Canadians polled in a national opinion survey supported study abroad and nearly as many believed that financial support should be available."...