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Educational Reform

A New Direction for Our Nation? Let's Go by the Book. But Which One?

Larry Paros | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Books inform the human intelligence and speak to us individually in quite a different way. They speak less to topical issues but to those universal in nature, providing a perspective on our life, how we live it, and our relationship to the larger culture.

Reflections of an Octogenarian IV: Whatever Happened to the Core in the Core Curriculum? Now You See It, and Now You Don't

Larry Paros | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Educators are still talking about a core curriculum, but nothing about its core. A few isolated voices call out for a "national conversation about race," but, for the most part, it goes unheeded.

Reflections of an Octogenarian III: My Students, My Loves -- A Visual Tribute

Larry Paros | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Larry Paros

We speak of the impact teachers have on their students. This post is how students affect the life of their teachers. Memories of my students have been an ongoing source of comfort, meaning, and inspiration for me during my lifetime.

Citizenship Deficit Disorder: A Failure of Education, Expertise and Experience

Frank Islam | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

The United States of America is suffering from a serious and potentially fatal case of Citizenship Deficit Disorder. This disorder is due to the failure of our educational system and the cumulative lack of experience and expertise of the American citizenry.

HOT FLASH: ISIS Takes Responsibility for Deflation-Gate

Larry Paros | Posted 01.23.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

We've seen this movie before. Or have we? A barren desert background, a masked Islamic terrorist or two, the ISIS flag, a forlorn prisoner in ...

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Kids, What Do They Know Anyway? How to Raise Their Social/Political Literacy

Larry Paros | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

The year was 1965. It was a warm fall day, and I was driving Paul Goodman, the noted thinker and prominent social theorist to his hotel. He was to be a guest speaker at a program I had created for area high school students to dialogue with prominent writers, artists, and politicians.

Fiscal Fitness: Higher Education Must Be Run Like a Business

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Without exception, each and every college and university must keep their fiscal house in order at all times by maintaining a balanced budget with "rainy day" funds that promote freedom, action and innovation.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

Too Many Students Rely on Social Promotion

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Despite my efforts in making sure that students were updated about their grades, many times they really didn't see a connection in their mastery of the work and their final grades. Eventually after reviewing all of the student records and in all of that data (attendance, test scores, etc.) I realized the real issue. Most of my students were in high school due to social promotion.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

Not So "Common Core": The Reforming of Educational Reform

Frank Islam | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Frank Islam

From 2009 to 2013, there was a rush to develop, embrace and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education. Since then, there ha...

Educational Rankings: Why Are We So Obsessed With Rating Everything?

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The things that matter in life can't always be ranked and rated. Spend the money instead to make education higher quality and more accessible. That would be time and money well spent.

WHiP It! 'The Real Deal' Education

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Amy Elias, MS

As a woman who has dedicated her life to connection, to health, to the natural laws of the universe, to whole education, to integrity, to authenticity...

Education: It Takes a Community

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

If we want to strengthen schools serving those most in need, we must strengthen the communities in which they are located. Yet, the trend across the country has been to close "poor performing" schools thus attenuating the community-school connection.

Bored-o-ed: An Educator's Plan for Making NYC Public Schools Work, Part 2

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

Consider the virtuous circle aspect: If teaching in public schools were to become prestigious (again), a higher caliber of college graduates would be drawn to the profession. More intellectual rigor all around would bring up everybody's game.

How Should We Teach the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington?

John Thompson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

Once test-driven "reform" is consigned to the ash pile of history, I want to see education resume its role in helping to bend the arc of history to justice.

Income Immobility -- Educational Implications? Part 1

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

Most importantly for those interested in the role education plays in our society, and the progress of society itself, one must ask the extent to which current school reform efforts can make a difference given this study's findings.

Duck and Cover: Educational Fallout Shelters for a Sputnik Moment

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.17.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally published in Kevin's blog, MyMediaDiary.com I'd only been through this doorway a few hundred times in my life -- and ...

WATCH: Mexico Teacher Protests Result In Four Arrests

AP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Mexican prosecutors say four leaders of violent teachers protests have been arrested on charges of sedition, terrorism, rioting and property damage. ...

When Students Say They Want to Change the World -- Listen to Them!

Angela Maiers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

If we are to reach real peace in this world... We shall have to begin with children. Mahatma Gandhi Most conversations about changing the world are m...

Essay Grading Software is Insulting

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.08.2013 | College
Steve Nelson

There is an exciting new development of essay-grading software. This innovation, coming courtesy of the EdX people from Harvard and MIT, may have finally closed the diminishing gap between "educational reform" and parody. The only possible response is, "Are you kidding me?"

Our Future Is Unprepared

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Overall we have the best universities in the world, but our high schools are producing legions of people who are barely literate and who are, for the most part, blissfully unaware of how unprepared they are for the real world.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Elsa Nunez | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

What can we do about it? States need to enact multiple initiatives simultaneously -- policies that will help to create a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework.

Information Age Populism

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Harry Boyte

On November 27, in the midst of arguments about taxes and the debt, another debate took place in Washington. This one involved two political traditions eclipsed in recent years, now stirring again to life: civil society conservatism and progressively-inclined populism.

Teachers Matter: What I Learned at UNESCO's World Teachers' Day in Paris

Dan Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the international consensus suggests, we must put all the resources we can into investing in the village it takes to raise quality teachers.