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Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 01.23.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

Rebecca Klein

Politicians Introduce Bills That Would Work To Reduce The Role Of School Standardized Testing

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

In the same week that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held its first hearing on the issue of rewriting No Child L...

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Parents, teachers and policymakers who listened to Tuesday night's State of the Union address heard an earful from President Barack Obama about his in...

An Open Letter to Lamar Alexander: Don't Forget Rule #84 in 'The Little Plaid Book'

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Just say no to annual testing. No high-performing nation does it, and neither should we. We are the most over-tested nation in the world, and it's time to encourage children to sing, dance, play instruments, write poetry, imagine stories, create videos, make science projects, write history papers, and discover the joy of learning.

Smart Reauthorization of the ESEA Law Necessary for Student Success

Marc H. Morial | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Marc H. Morial

Reaching the American Dream begins with opportunity. As young people of all races, creeds and backgrounds march courageously to address issues of police misconduct and disparities in the justice system, they are also highlighting additional deep inequities that threaten our great nation.

Joy Resmovits

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

When Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) children were young and their preschool stood on the brink of closure, she snapped into action. She gathered them i...

Joy Resmovits

The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the ...

The Destruction of Democracy and Creativity in Our Schools: Mission Accomplished

Arnold Dodge | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Like the banner on that aircraft carrier and the promise of "No Child Left Behind" to make all kids proficient by 2014, the entire reform enterprise is a lie. But those who have influence and wealth, claim that they have performed miracles as they boast of their accomplishments.

An Obituary for an Unattained Education Goal

Jack Jennings | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

Let 2014 slip away, with that noble but unattained goal. In 2015, let us use experience and research to find a better way to improve the schools. Students, educators, parents, and the country as a whole deserve better.

Republicans Push To Update No Child Left Behind

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Re...

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits)

Alan Singer | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Just Ensured That His Education Legacy Will Last After He Leaves Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is inviting states to apply to renew their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. And according to guidance issued Thursd...

A New Paradigm for Accountability: The Joy of Learning

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Whatever you call it, Race to the Top has hurt children, demoralized teachers, closed community schools, fragmented communities, increased privatization, and doubled down on testing. But I have an idea for a new accountability system that relies on different metrics.

Rebecca Klein

What The White House Is Doing To Make Sure Low-Income Students Get Good Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

The White House on Monday took a step to ensure that schools serving low-income areas get their fair share of the nation's best teachers. New guide...

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

Peter Greene | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.

Rebecca Klein

Kids Are Substantially More Likely To Take ADHD Medication During This Time Of Year, Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

While the number of children medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kid...

Why Many Inner City Schools Function Like Prisons

Alan Singer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I've come to realize that Common Core and its high-stakes assessments are just another piece in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Will students as individuals and we as a country have to be threatened with our education being taken from us to understand the value of learning for the sake of learning?

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' test scores in this international exam?

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Time Travel to the Past! Welcome to School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As summer turns to fall and parents are buying children their new backpacks, it is time to think of how our schools work and whether they are inspiring true learning. The schools of today are largely those of our great-grandparents.