Joanne Barkan demonstrates how most of the "reforms" advanced by these groups have proven to be ineffective, if not harmful, to public education.
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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."
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.
This month, SLATE invites the public to rethink classroom design and submit ideas in a competition to build a better fifth-grad classroom.
Watch the education forum here. We have a powerhouse panel including the Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, Stanford Professor Linda Darling Hammond, and NYC Chancellor Joel Klein.
That huge sucking sound you hear is Republicans trying to control their laughter. The two groups duking it out over education are largely within the Democratic Party.
Obama is not a monarch -- Arne Duncan is not education czar -- and we are not his subjects. Educators, students, and citizens must press now for an education worthy of a democracy.
Duncan just might prove to be a Secretary who can bridge the gap between the efficiency hawks and the broader/bolder reform advocates.
The "end of social promotion" has caused tens of thousands of kids as young as 3rd grade to be left-back, despite overwhelming evidence that this... children and increases the drop-out rate.
As President-elect Obama prepares for the presidency, his attention necessarily is occupied by the deteriorating economy and the ongoing wars in Iraq ...
Calling Darling-Hammond a defender of the status quo is like calling Lincoln a defender of slavery because he wasn't as absolute in opposition as were some on his team of rivals.
Barack Obama will be the first community organizer sworn into our nation's highest office--the dramatic result of an unprecedented level of grassroots...
You'd think the studious Senator from Illinois would avoid repeating the Bush regime's horror show of unqualified appointments, of picking politicos over professionals. But here we go again.
With government as the investor of last resort, Obama has broad support to implement major changes in the educational, health care, and energy systems using federal money.
Wrap your arms around the testing mania of Joel Klein, or you're soft on accountability. Embrace Michelle Rhee's nuclear approach to administering schools, or you're a status quo-hugging wuss.
In his most recent op-ed, David Brooks offers Americans a false choice between two distinct camps of education interests. Here's hoping our new president will sweep aside that brand of discourse.
In education circles, there's no hotter topic than who is going to be the next Secretary of Education--and if it's going to be Linda Darling-Hammond.
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