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Linda Darling Hammond

For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

In pursuit of the unattainable aim of "100 percent proficiency" for all students by 2014, nearly every public school in the United States has been deemed "in need of improvement" or "failing," and is meant to be in some form of intervention.

Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

As members of very different "camps" on school reform, we think there is more common ground than has yet been evident in the political process surrounding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its later iteration, No Child Left Behind.

EduScholar Rankings: Where Education Policy Should Be Going, Versus Where It Is

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

There is a gap--no, a chasm--between what scholars find to be at the root of achievement gaps and what we must do to narrow them, and the agendas that many policymakers continue to push.

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

A Basic Flaw in the Argument Against Affirmative Action

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Think of how different the school years of all kids -- rich and poor -- would be if education were aligned with life, instead of tailored to the needs of Princeton statisticians. We might begin to make progress after decades of failed education reform,.

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Students abroad who engage in these experiences are learning to become scientists, researchers, and innovators. U.S. students will fall behind if they continue to spend their time perfecting the art of choosing one answer out of five -- a skill they will never use in the real world -- rather than engaging in more useful work.

Moving from 'Test and Punish' to 'Support and Improve'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled in Vergara v. California that the solution to the long-standing, complex challenge of ensuring all children, particularly underserved children, have access to high-quality public education is to strip teachers of their rights. Period. End of story.

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

Will States Fail the Common Core?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

If the Common Core is sunk--by default or design--it will undercut our ability to give all kids access to what they need to succeed and, of course, will undermine confidence in public education.

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

Commission Imposes Tougher Test To Become School Administrator

edsource | John Fensterwald | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, an independent education nonprofit. Alone among states, California has permitted passing a primarily m...

The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Linda Darling-Hammond

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.28.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Investing in high-quality teaching is the centerpiece of any successful educational system. Intelligent societies understand that teaching is the profession on which all other professions depend."

Educating for Democracy: Awakening From the American Dream

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It seems to me that "magical thinking" dominates the words of the easy promisers who present the "American Dream" of the future as if it were a reality today.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Asteroid Mining, The Republican Brain, Science Education On 'The Point'

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.05.2012 | Science

I was recently invited to guest host "The Point," presented by "The Young Turks'" YouTube channel, TownSquare. As the Science Correspondent (and resid...

To Toot or Not to Toot? For Teachers, That Is the Question

Rae Pica | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Rae Pica

Today's educators are under tremendous pressure and are facing a scrutiny unlike anything they or their predecessors have experienced in the past.

What Value Is Added by Publicly Shaming Teachers?

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

We've already created a climate where good, hard-working educators feel justifiably discouraged and unjustly maligned. The irresponsible use of value-added models will only make things worse.

Heeding the Evidence on Teacher Quality

John Thompson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had had any idea what the latest Gates Foundation project would find, would he have gambled so heavily on test-driven policies in Race to the Top and his other "teacher quality" reforms?

School Choice: It's Not for Everyone, and that's the Problem

Maureen Costello | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

When we talk about school choice -- which is most often associated with charter schools -- we can't let feel-good words and a glitzy campaign prevent us from providing our children with the best education possible.

Obama's Educational Report Card Grade Is F

Alan Singer | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Obama's educational plan not only fails according to my standards, but worse, it fails according to his own.

Occupy Our Schools

Rick Ayers | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Take over these schools. Occupy them. Sit in. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We built these schools with our taxes, our labor, our commitment to students and communities. They are not just playthings for overfed business dilettantes.

Joy Resmovits

Antonio Villaraigosa: Tough on Teacher Tenure

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.20.2011 | Education

School districts around the country are toughening standards for grading teachers. And if Antonio Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles could be next....

Education DEFORM and Media Hearing Loss

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

I'm convinced that unless something changes dramatically, the end of public education in America is inevitable.

Educating for Democracy: Looking for Education 'Reform'? Follow the Money

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Joanne Barkan demonstrates how most of the "reforms" advanced by these groups have proven to be ineffective, if not harmful, to public education.

Educating for Democracy: Linda Darling-Hammond and the 'Opportunity Gap'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It is surprising to me that Linda Darling-Hammond, admired by educational progressives, has accepted the "national standards" movement as a way to deal with the education "opportunity gap."

Lessons From Finland's Education System

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

To gain insight into what Finland's doing right, I sat down with Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture.