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No Child Left Behind

Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I'm Skeptical.

Peter Cunningham | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative government will be good...

A Conversation About Dr. James Mercer's New Book: Secrets and Shame

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Books
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Dr. James Mercer's story could have turned out very differently than it did. He was raised in a physically and emotionally abusive home. His father wa...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Fadel

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We need to re-examine college entrance requirements (and their tests).  They hold change hostage to antiquated and incomplete requirements.  Massiv...

Girls face child marriage in Moldova

UN Women | Posted 10.09.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. A Roma family challenges cultural norms by refusing a reparatory marriage. In their community, school drop-out rate is a st...

Making Sure No Child Is Left Behind

George Heymont | Posted 10.18.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

It took nearly 15 years for parents and politicians to understand that the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was a cruelly misguided mess. As noted by ...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Ravitch

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.05.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"In my view, historians will look on this era as a period of failed mandates, of willful and ignorant attacks on public education and the education pr...

Want To Understand Your Child's Test Scores? Here's What To Ignore

The Conversation US | Posted 09.30.2016 | Parents
The Conversation US

Now that the first month of school is over, parents can get ready for the next milestone of the school year - they will soon get reports of the state tests their children took last year.

What Is College For?

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.14.2016 | Education
Charles Kolb

The shortcomings of our K-12 system carry over into the postsecondary years at considerable cost. We still have too many instances of social promotion where high school diplomas go to "graduates" who can't do third-grade math.

Why Third Grade May Be The Most Decisive Year In A Child’s Education

Ossa Fisher | Posted 09.07.2016 | Education
Ossa Fisher

A week into her second grade year, as we lay snuggling at bedtime, I asked my daughter Anna what she thinks will be the hardest part of school this ye...

Why The Opt Out Movement Is Crucial For The Future Of Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

In the past 14 years, parents have seen the destruction of neighborhood schools, based on their test scores. They have seen beloved teachers fired unjustly, because of their students' test scores. They have seen the loss of time for the arts, physical education, and anything else that is not tested.

Reformers and Educators Can Stand With Hillary Clinton

Peter Cunningham | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Kudos to Hillary Clinton. After some anti-charter rhetoric earlier in the campaign she had the guts to tell 7,000 members of the the National Educatio...

Why Are So Many Kids Dying From Undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes?

Peg Abernathy | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Peg Abernathy

An Open Letter To The Non-Diabetes Medical Community At Large and All Parents With Kids of Every Age, Everywhere! Dear pediatricians, nurses, medical...

EdSel(l)s: Assessing For-Profit Schools

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.02.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

For-profit schools have no incentives to consider long term educational or social goals. Obsessed with achievement metrics that might persuade consumers to purchase their product, they often exclude students with cognitive, emotional or behavioral problems.

What Education Policy Can Learn from Composting

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I've been very excited about the potential of the evidence definitions in the recently passed Every Student Succe...

Results Are in: Common Core Fails Tests and Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The Common Core Standards were officially launched in 2009. The 2016 high school graduating class was in fifth grade. In June 2010 the final Common Core Standards were released to the public and state education agencies. The 2016 high school graduating class was in sixth grade.

Beyond Textbooks: Uganda Needs More Qualified Teachers

James Kassaga Arinaitwe | Posted 04.26.2016 | Education
James Kassaga Arinaitwe

Recently, the U.S Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac, commissioned the distribution of more than 1.5 million student textbooks and teacher instructional guides to more than 5,000 schools in Uganda.

A Fresh Start, With Students at the Center

Harriet Sanford | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Harriet Sanford

The Every Student Succeeds Act is an opportunity to look at what works when it comes to improving teaching and learning. By Harriet Sanford Now tha...

Education Secretary John King: It's Time To Stop Ignoring The Arts And Sciences

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

The No Child Left Behind Act, the controversial Bush-era education law, promoted an emphasis on reading and math, sometimes at the expense of other su...

Thousands Refuse Common Core Testing, Calls for National Opt-Out and Washington March

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State began 2016 Common Core aligned English-Language Arts testing on April 5. On Long Island, a major opt-out center, thousands of students ...

No, You Cannot Test My Child

Daniel Katz | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Daniel Katz

If you do feel the need to persuade me that the testing ritual is excellent and worthwhile, you should know that I have heard most of your arguments, and, frankly, you need new ones.

We're Doing Preschool All Wrong, Says New Book

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents

Disappearing are the days when preschools were havens for free play and make believe. They're now factories for rote memorization and dry instruction,...

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

Next Steps in Closing the Gaps in Arts Education in Our Schools

Jesse Rosen | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Here are some highlights of why as a parent, nonprofit leader and arts advocate, I am so pleased with the direction of the new law, but also concerned about next steps.

Music Hits A High Note In Education -- Finally!

Lydia Kontos | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Lydia Kontos

If our public schools are going to truly help their students reach their full potential, they need to be unified in the view that music is a necessary subject in all of our schools.

The Every Student Succeeds Act: A Promising Step Toward Putting Students at the Center

Nicholas Donohue | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Nicholas Donohue

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law recently. This response to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) - the 2002 rendition of t...