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In Public Education, It's the Family, Stupid

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dr. Jim Taylor

Early intervention is both cost effective and economically efficient. It has better outcomes than remediation because it's easier to prevent rather than remediate a problem.

As NCLB Comes Under Consideration, We Need to Value Teachers More

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The law's many loopholes allow and encourage educators to cheat. It says that everyone has to be proficient by 2014 but lets states decide what constitutes proficiency. This is an invitation to deceive.

Dear Legislators, Support Education and Avoid Being the Next Ozymandias, King of Kings

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Levinson

There must be a way to exert influence beyond one's reign or term. And, of course, there is. Education.

The International PISA Tests Are Leading America Astray

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

This is only the beginning of what must be a serious effort to end the endless reliance on test scores, nationally and internationally, and focus on the needs of the workplace in the future.

Margaret Spellings, Former U.S. Secretary of Education, on Education Policy and Reform

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rahim Kanani

On Monday, Obama called on Congress to revamp the "No Child Left Behind" education law by the time students start a new school year in September. Spellings and I discussed the way forward for U.S. education policy and reform efforts.

No Child Left Behind's Fatal Flaws: Restructuring A System Of False Premises And Harmful Effects

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

While NCLB's goals are laudable -- bringing all public school students to academic proficiency and closing the achievement gaps -- how it seeks to achieve them is fatally flawed.

Both Sides Now w/ Huffington and Matalin: Who Blinks in Washington... in Wisconsin? Also, DOMA, Watson, and Mardi Gras

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgThis week's show heard sharp differences on the federal budget standoff and an epic battle in Wisconsin. Was the prank call from "Koch" to Walker a smoking gun?

Why Politicians Need to Spend More Time in Classrooms

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

"You can see a lot in three minutes," an assistant principal once told me. Maybe. But you can miss a lot, too.

Testing, Accountability... Marriage? (VIDEO)

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dan Brown

High-stakes testing is on the rise. Since it works so well, why not export it to other parts of American life... like marriage?

Parents Across America Say Enough Is Enough!

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Parents will no longer sit on the sidelines and accept the dismantling of their children's public schools. Enough is enough!

On Michelle Rhee, Cyber Bullies and Teacher Pay

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Dear Friends, This is a big week for us at Learning Matters, because of the unofficial release of The Influence of Teachers. It has received some won...

Law of Unintended Consequences

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

We do not need to "wait for Superman" to turn American education around and provide all America's children a high quality education. The 112th Congress can and must save the day by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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.

Educational Success: America's New Industrial Policy

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Charles Kolb

When it comes to the quality of our K-12 education system, the results are risible. We have now had nearly 30 years of rhetoric, much of it aspirational -- but with few solid results.

Hearing One Another Out: Both Sides of the Argument

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

My joining the education blogosphere, even in my own limited way, connected me with more like-minded -- and not so like-minded -- folks in education than I could have imagined.

Classroom Teachers Collaborate With Arnie Duncan on Education Policy

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Cosgrove

For 30 days, during the first phase of The VIVA Project, hundreds of teachers from 27 states offered ideas on how they would direct federal funds to improve "teacher quality".

The Honest 'Public Education Crisis' Narrative

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

The "public education crisis" narrative, while being dishonest, is absolutely brilliant. According to the reformers, American public schools are failing.

The State Of The Union: No Time To Slow Down On Education Reform

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kati Haycock

We need the president to ask more -- not less -- of our students and our schools because, given the state of the union, we have neither a moment nor a child to waste.

Educate to Innovate

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sen. Michael Bennet

There is no reason public school reform should be a partisan issue. And my time at the Denver Public Schools taught me that it can't be.

Staring at Superman

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

On Tuesday, the President will deliver his State of the Union Address. In all likelihood, education will be a prominent consideration, sparking a national debate and setting the cogs of Congress into motion.

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

Students 'Left Behind' When Teachers Focus On Test Prep, Not Teaching

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

Never have I perused the ELA tests and not found objective errors (grammar, mechanics and typos). Many classroom teachers agree that the ELA tests are often too ambiguously worded

Value-Added Measures vs. the Love for Learning

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

Our children are being denied quality learning experiences and our teachers are forced to treat children as possible test scores. The future of teaching and learning in our public schools is in danger.

In Christina's Memory, Let's Refocus on the Children

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

Of all the tragedies that befell Tucson last Saturday, the one that seemed to tear most deeply at the heart of our nation was the murder of Christina-...

Guest Column: Obama on Education -- A-Plus Values, F-Minus Policies

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Chris Weigant

Roughly once a year or so, I turn this column space over to a guest author. This usually happens when a point of view is presented to me either in pu...