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America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.

Grading Schools, Failing Schools

Tim King | Posted 05.06.2012 | Education
Tim King

Closing schools is a decision with far-reaching consequences that shouldn't be undertaken for the credibility of any particular movement, but only as a final measure in support of undeserved students.

By Richard Branson

Richard Branson | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Richard Branson

Space tourism may seem like an excuse for joy rides for the rich, but in reality it's the start of a new and vital private sector industry that will help develop safer, cheaper and cleaner space travel and result in technology that will lead to broader innovation and discovery.

New Teachers Reflect on Teaching in 2011

Susan Sawyers | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

To wind down 2011, we asked some first-year public school teachers to tell us what they've learned now that they have some experience in the classroom.

Classrooms for Tomorrow

Joel Arquillos | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Joel Arquillos

The New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow conference was a discussion on how technology will continue to impact how children learn and how schools may change to accommodate this revolution.

Who Can Wait?

Jeanne Allen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Too many state leaders are still failing to do what they can to put laws to work in the best interest of kids. They boast of "sound processes," "collaboration," and various interpretations of law. They avoid the "fierce urgency of now" when making decisions.

New York Leaps Into the Middle School Trap

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

What was so odd about Dennis Walcott's announcement that NYC was opening 50 new middle schools is that the most recent research suggesting that a middle school grade configuration is probably not the way to go was done in his city.

Do Schools Matter?

Whitney Tilson | Posted 11.18.2011 | Education
Whitney Tilson

The color of your skin and your zip code are almost entirely determinative of the quality of the public education this nation provides. This is deeply, profoundly wrong and is contrary to everything this nation stands for.

What If The Secret To Success Is Failure?

New York Times Magazine | Paul Tough | Posted 11.17.2011 | Education

Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School -- which is odd, because he's the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York...

They Dropped Out Of Princeton - For Education Reform

USA TODAY College | Elizabeth Held | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education

For the past three years, Princeton University has been home to Catharine Bellinger and Alexis Morin, and their non-profit organization Students for E...

Florida Schools Receive Grades, New Charter School Earns F

Posted 08.31.2011 | Education

Despite higher writing standards in Florida's public elementary, middle and non-high-school combination schools this year, school performance remained...

The Charter School Debate: KIPP And Its Critics Are Both Right

John Thompson | Posted 06.17.2011 | Education
John Thompson

By pretending that KIPP serves our most vulnerable students, society is given an excuse for starving alternative services for our most traumatized kids.

Study: KIPP Charter Schools Pull In More Cash Than Other Schools

Sarah Garland | Posted 06.03.2011 | Education
Sarah Garland

A new study attempts to prove KIPP provides unfair advantages over traditional public schools, including more advantaged students and more private money at their disposal.

Child Abuse Takes Many Forms

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

And so thousands and thousands of little kids will sacrifice huge chunks of childhood in service of this ill-considered nonsense. It is heartbreaking to think of what these policy-makers are doing to children.

Rebutting 7 Myths About Teach for America

Whitney Tilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Whitney Tilson

There are no silver bullets or 100 percent solutions. In reality, we need 100 1 percent solutions -- and TFA is clearly one.

Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as "defenders of the status quo." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Education's Blockbuster Moment

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

As 2010 -- a year that might as well be known as "The Year of Education Reform" -- comes to a close, I feel like our field is facing its own series of Blockbuster moments.

Should The School Day Be Longer?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Extending school hours may be a cornerstone of future reform, one that President Obama argues would elevate U.S. education standards closer to those o...

Retire the Slogan of 'The Same Students in the Same Building'

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

"Reformers" do not seem to understand how hurtful it is to teachers when they repeat the false soundbite about schools that kept "the same students in the same building."

Is Waiting for 'Superman' Kryptonite for Real Education Reform?

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Milewski

Even though I love the world of comics, I'm always suspicious when someone suggests that the solution to long-term systemic problems involves superhuman efforts.

Work Hard, Be Nice: Reflections on Michelle Rhee

Jessica Rauch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Rauch

I deeply respect and admire Rhee's tenacity and dedication to children. But I was disappointed by her approach. Her reforms were never going to be sustainable without support throughout her ranks.

Critics: How Do We Know Harlem Children's Zone Is Working?

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

President Obama created a grant program to copy his block-by-block approach to ending poverty. The British government praised his charter schools as a...

No Longer Waiting for "Superman"

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Davis Guggenheim may be good at outlining problems with the environment and with the schools, but he basically has no real solutions to offer.

Waiting for a Fair Shake: The One Sidedness of 'Waiting for Superman'

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Paras Bhayani

"Waiting for 'Superman' " may well perform a valuable service by shining light on a long-neglected issue. But I can't help but focus on the fact that it seems flawed in its two principal policy arguments.

Classroom Heroes: Harriett Ball Sings Students To Success (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Four years ago, Connie Walthall and her son Tony knocked on the door of Harriett Ball's Texas home. The young man and his mother were eager to surpri...