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Can We Teach About Osama Bin Laden's Death If It Is Not On The Test?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.02.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

How fortunate is it for students across America that bin Laden's death took place at a time when standardized tests have been completed for this school year?

Federal Aid to the Schools -- Wasteful or Helpful?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

The proportion of students who are the focus of federal aid is growing. Thus, we should reconfirm our commitment to bringing about greater equity in education.

Add Trash to the Curriculum?

John Merrow | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Here's what I envision: Working in teams, middle school kids could use a phone to "map" their neighborhood intersections with photos that answer one question: is there a trash can on the corner?

Why We Can't Rely On Standardized Tests -- And The Companies That Create Them

Todd Farley | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education
Todd Farley

For the last ten years in this country we've regularly seen standardized tests results that can't be believed and standardized testing companies that can't be trusted.

Turning Around the Lowest Performing Schools: A Noble Goal and a Daunting Challenge

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

Low performing schools received federal grants, often $1 million over three years, expecting them to be "turned around." Even with that much money, improving these schools will be a tall order.

Is Michelle Rhee a 16th Century Throwback?

David Kirp | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
David Kirp

Descartes's "mind-body dualism" belief has long been consigned to the dust-bin of history, though the "no excuses" gang doesn't seem to have gotten the message.

Can U.S. Teachers Truly Be 'Nation Builders?'

John Merrow | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Are American teachers "nation builders?" Could they be? What tools does a "Nation Builder" (or any other builder) need to be able to get the job done?

Boosting Graduation Rates

Bob Wise | Posted 05.30.2011 | Education
Bob Wise

The economic possibilities tied to increasing high school graduation rates are far too great to ignore. More diplomas mean more jobs, greater incomes, more car and home sales, and a higher GDP.

USA Today: D.C.'s School Success Could Have More To Do With Erasers Than Reforms

Posted 05.29.2011 | Education

UPDATE: Since this story was first published, Michelle Rhee has acknowledged that some cheating may have occurred, the Washington Post reports. Thi...

How to Overhaul NCLB to Help Schools Improve: Implement Common Elements of Success

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

ESEA needs to shift the emphasis of America's school reform efforts from "tests and sanctions" to implementing what actually works in turning around low-achieving schools.

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.