Originally, one attended a "university" to study the universe and to seek one's niche in it. The best universities are still such places, where the connections that bind us to one another and to the cosmos are unveiled. Being an educator -- helping students celebrate the mystery and explore the connections -- is, on good days, magical indeed.
Our society is more fractured than we may realize. The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual survey, found only 18 percent of Americans expected bu...
A few nights ago I attended our high school choir concert. It was particularly bittersweet because our young choir director has had quite a year.
No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.
Education under a CCSS regime is not "one size fits all." It's "all must fit one size." It's not "We'll try this on for size and if it doesn't fit, it sucks to be you." It's "You must fit this, or there will be consequences. You will be punished for not fitting what we made for you."
Some women have it all, leaving us wondering, "How DOES she do it?" Melissa Miles is no exception.
The rhetoric has shifted from condemning the soft bigotry of low expectations and leaving no child behind to declaring that education reform is the civil rights issue of our time and initiating competitions to race to the top.
For the last few years, eight of the nation's lowest performing schools selected, have embraced the arts and art integration -- teaching other disciplines through the arts -- and the results have been extremely encouraging.
In both the education and health care contexts, among the more common objections to adjusting performance measures is the idea that doing so represents "setting different expectations" for institutions (schools/hospitals) based on the people they serve.
One of the most odious policies to emerge from the Reformster swamp is the mandatory retention of all third graders who don't pass the Big Test in reading.
Is it a good idea to warn students that a given work might be upsetting? Absolutely. That's just good pedagogical practice. The real question is whether institutions should be mandating formal trigger warnings on syllabi and before showing potentially objectionable films.
We are raising a generation of chronically sleep-deprived, anxious, caffeine-addled kids who believe that grades, rankings, AP and SAT scores, and -- of course -- college admissions are the ultimate measure of their worth.
I've seen real people have reasonable conversations about guns in America. I've even seen people who support gun ownership agree with those who don't,...
In Arizona today, there are about 100 schools that earn an F grade from the state and are failing so abysmally to meet their responsibility to students that they need to be closed.
Pushing towards graduation is a worthy pursuit -- an important and achievable goal. And graduating 80 percent of kids on time -- phenomenal. But with these 12th grade math and reading scores, it does raise the question: What is the quality of these graduates?
Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.