The federal government now requires states to formally test their teacher candidates before certification is granted to assure parents that their kids' teachers are "highly qualified" to teach. Makes sense... except almost every test-taker passes every state's teacher test.
Good teachers have long known the importance of knowing their students, both as learners and as individuals. But building and strengthening the relationship between teachers and students has become central to efforts to improve teaching.
There's no doubt we have the students capable of achieving the heights of Spelman's students. Our challenge is increasing opportunities for more students, especially women and minorities, to study STEM fields. A national STEM fund would be a sound foundation for every state.
Pearson's corporate slogan is "always learning," but banners at the rally claimed it should be "always earning." The protester had a giant mock-check made out to Pearson from New Jersey taxpayers and took it on the ferry across the Hudson River to New York.
How do you define a failing school? Brookside Elementary is located in a pleasant, middle-class neighborhood of split levels and tidy ranch homes, in Norwalk, Conn., a 50-minute train commute from New York.
As a Native New Yorker, black daughter of an interracial marriage, and a... uh ...member(?) of an interracial marriage, I like to think I will raise my sons to feel as comfortable with diversity as my husband and I do.
There is no reason your kids' brains should go unused this summer just because school is not in session. When they are not outside enjoying a trip to the water park or backyard barbecue, they can tap into educational opportunities on their iPads and touchscreen devices.
For as long as there have been schools, each fall teachers have probably looked at the uneven readiness of their new students, shaken their heads, and quietly wondered to themselves, "What were those other teachers thinking?"
Without a willingness to face uncertainty, it is difficult to create well-capitalized companies. This apparently contradicts the view that we are a country of entrepreneurs. We are a creative people, but we are not willing to risk what we have in order to achieve goals.