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The Problem With Proficiency

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Others (especially reform critics) have made the same arguments countless times before. Yet an emphasis on proficiency rates over student growth is still entrenched in state and federal policy.

Cancer Makes Strange Bedfellows

Dan Duffy | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Dan Duffy

I've come to realize over the past few years that real opportunities are few and far between. No matter what the situation, they all require one simple thing: you need to see them when they come.

Fulfilling Her Mother's Dream

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.19.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Why is it that even as new populations of low-income African-American and Hispanic students enter higher education in even greater numbers, the new mantra of the elite commentariat is that maybe we need more job training, less Shakespeare and more socket wrenches?

The Folly of a Preemptive & Deceptive Attack on Diane Ravitch's New Book

Kevin Welner | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Kevin Welner

Although (like Cunningham) I have not seen an advance copy of Ravitch's new book, I did read a review that says the second half of the book offers an alternative agenda, and my hunch is that it does go beyond a direct focus on poverty.

Do the Tweeting Birds Dump Flame Inhibitors on the Passion Fires of Learning?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.18.2013 | Technology
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No matter what the cause, the United States is in jeopardy of collapse if we deemphasize educational, and yes, intellectual excellence.

A-Rod: The American Tragedy in Action

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 10.16.2013 | Sports
Joseph W. Gauld

We Americans should be more disturbed by our unwillingness to realize the part we are playing in this tragedy, one that has been repeated in the fall of sports heroes like Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, Joe Paterno and Lance Armstrong.

How To Figure Out What You Want To Do In Life

Jasmine Tsai | Posted 10.15.2013 | Technology
Jasmine Tsai

If you have no idea what or who you want to be and feel the pressure of the world demanding a clean interpretation of you, resist it and hang on to your complexity and questions. The only way to know what you want to do is to try a lot of things and break expectations.

What if School Were Out Forever?

Matt Murrie | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

From the work and ideas the movers and makers at IDEC 2013 are developing, you can see for yourself how it may not be a question of what if schools become extinct, but when.

Back to School: Lock and Load

David Beem | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
David Beem

Is the United States of America a country where guns come before books? Arming teachers represents a major step in advancing our cultural arms escalation. Consider: Teachers aren't "supposed to be" soldiers or law enforcement officers.

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

How Fast Can You Get a New School Open, From Scratch? Turns Out, the Answer Is Six Weeks

Judy Burton | Posted 10.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Judy Burton

How quickly can you open a new public school in Los Angeles? Do everything it takes to get a school open: Find a principal. Hire teachers. Buy supplies. Figure out the curriculum. Recruit parents and students. It often takes years.

Living the New On-Campus Sustainability Experience

Richard Chapman | Posted 10.16.2013 | College
Richard Chapman

A major part of our new on-campus sustainability initiatives focuses on green residence halls, dining facilities and classrooms -- the places where our students spend most of their time on campus.

WWMD? (What Would Marcus Do?)

Mona R. Washington | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Mona R. Washington

Brother, I'll let that insult slide because I know you're feeding into some repressed anger right now. You need to get with that sankofa, reflect on our history. Know where you came from.

Chickens and Roads: Why Compulsory Schooling Is Unnecessary

Catherine Gobron | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

I work at a teen educational program where students have full control over their own schedules and have no academic requirements. Years of enforced, rote tasks may increase a person's compliance with an uninspired adult work life, but is that a worthy goal for education?

Teens and Money: The Jobs of the Future

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Natalie Pace

One of the most important decisions we ever make is what we are going to grow up to be. Astronaut or the Lone Ranger score high when we are in kindergarten, but by high school, many of us are completely clueless as to what we want to do for the rest of our lives.

On Teaching (and Activism)

Melissa Browning | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Melissa Browning

In our hearts, I believe most of us who teach are teacher-activists whether we name ourselves in this way or not. Teaching isn't just a job -- it's a vocation.

El Guapo's 3 Essential, Simple Tips for Having a Successful School Year

El Guapo | Posted 10.15.2013 | Comedy
El Guapo

Make no mistake about it -- a person who went to college is a better, smarter, altogether superior human being than one who didn't. Fact.

Is Silicon Valley Beginning to Invest in Disrupting Education?

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel

There's an utter lack of infrastructure in homes and schools that live side-by-side to some of the most sophisticated and tech-fluent corporations and startups -- preventing civic engagement and technological fluency among Silicon Valley's youth.

Joy Resmovits

A Return To Bush Education Law? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Kansas, Oregon, and Washington -- Arne Duncan is putting you on notice. On Wednesday, Deb Delisle, the U.S. Secretary of Education's assistant, wro...

Live By the Test, Die By the Test

Tom Allon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Tom Allon

Last Spring, my very intelligent 13-year-old daughter came home and told me she took this very hard statewide test. "Daddy, I had to skip eight questions. We didn't even learn that stuff. Why would they test that?"

It's the Complexity, Stupid

Arnold Dodge | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Arnold Dodge

The next time you hear a politician or a talking head or someone who has no knowledge of education insist on a simple answer to a complex issue about our public schools, I have a suggestion. Just say no.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Student Loan Deal

Chris Lindstrom | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Chris Lindstrom

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has repeatedly said that college affordability is a priority for this administration. Now it's up to Secretary Duncan and Congress to act before this new plan's high interest rates kick in.

Chasing Dreams: From the Classroom to City Hall

Mark Otto | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Mark Otto

I have spent years blaming others for the failures of our system while encouraging my students to fight back, to take action, to believe in the power of one person to make the changes we need. But I've failed to stand up myself -- until now.

15 Back-to-School Questions to Ask Your Kids

Andrea Reiser | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

Once the gang has the new school year in their crosshairs and we know what we can do to be most helpful and supportive, everyone's ready to hit the ground running. And then all that's left to do is get all those smelly Sasquatch feet fitted for new back-to-school sneakers!

Do These Tests Have Educational Value?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

The new Common Core Standards tests are really being used as weapons against teachers and schools to force them to adopt questionable but expensive curriculum being marketed by test prep companies that seem to have enormous influence over politicians.