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Obama Gives Bush a 3rd Term in Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Let me say it again: It is time to kill the Bush-era No Child Left Behind program. If judged solely by test scores, the only coin that the NCLB crowd understands, the law has been a dud.

Jonathan Alter Joins the Teacher-Scapegoating Chorus: I'm Calling BS

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Obsessive focus on cleaning house and demanding expecting superhuman performance misses a larger point.

Shalita O'Neale Pays it Forward

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Timothy Cooper

Youth should be sitting around the table with the policy and decision-makers, as no one knows the foster care system better than the youth who've lived in it.

A Tale of Two Contracts

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Natelson

While "tangible inducements" to minors may now be a forbidden tactic in credit card marketing, military recruiters continue to ply students with key chains, hats, and t-shirts in pursuit of their goals.

Looking to Entrepreneurship Education During the Economic Crisis

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Many high schools have job placement programs to help their students, but rarely do we see the possibility of entrepreneurship presented as an option.

The Single Best, Most Indispensable Essay on Reforming Education

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

We need to understand what pushes these young people out the door, and we need to provide more substantive intervention to more students sooner.

At Sea Without a Compass: Chart a New Course for Education Reform

Karen Symms Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Symms Gallagher

The federal government needs to call a public advisory committee, comprised of representatives from every stakeholder group that cares about what is happening in public schools.

NYC's Joel Klein Putting Children First

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Joel Klein has relied on three principles: developing public school leadership, incentives for teacher quality, and accountability. His approach has produced some demonstrable progress.

Re-Educating America Will Be No Picnic

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Obama recognizes that if the United States is to pull out of this recession for the long term, we must invest in education.

What Slumdog Teaches Us About Education

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

Many students from poor backgrounds -- like Jamal from Slumdog Millionaire -- fare poorly on standardized tests, but that doesn't mean they aren't intelligent.

Teacher Rx: The Perfect Storm For Reform

Rev. Al Sharpton and Joel Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton and Joel Klein

Transforming the teaching profession into a merit-based system is an obvious first step toward reducing educational inequality.

Barry Schwartz on Incentives, Education and Making Wise Choices

Rob Kall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rob Kall

It's important to understand that looking for the best is a self-defeating, misery-making strategy; that we should, in general, be looking for good enough, not the best.

Thomas B. Edsall

Michelle Rhee Threatens End-Run Around Teachers' Union | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michelle Rhee, education chancellor of the District of Columbia -- in charge of the worst performing public school system in the nation -- has laid do...

Transform Education? Yes, We Must

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sir Ken Robinson

Economically and culturally, the future of America and of the rest of world lies now in a different direction. It will depend on the vitality, diversity and creativity of all its people.

2009: "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For"

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

We are mothers, fathers, creators and nurturers. We are teachers, lawyers, accountants and writers. And the future rests in our resiliently remarkable hands.

Obama Education Pick Arne Duncan 'Poster Child For No Child Resistance'

This Week In Education | Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Many educators will be happy to know that, under Arne Duncan Chicago was the poster child for districts resisting and criticizing the law. Others may...

Arne Duncan's Task: Keep Spotlight on Education

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Focusing on what works for kids ought to come first, no matter which end of the political spectrum the idea comes from. This should remain the cornerstone of Duncan's decision-making.

Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?

Greg Palast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Palast

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.

David Brooks Made Me Wring My Hands: Obama and His Education Secretary Pick

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

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.

Serving in D.C.: Been There, Done That

Dr. Susan Neuman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Susan Neuman

There is something to be said about hindsight. Those clamoring for jobs with the Obama Administration will soon learn on their own about the burdens ...

More Schools Failing No Child Left Behind

Chicago Tribune | Tara Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nearly a third of all Illinois public schools failed to hit rising test targets during the 2007-2008 school year, one of the worst performances since ...

Educators Expect Obama To Change No Child Left Behind

Daily Herald | Matt Arado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of President Bush's most noteworthy accomplishments - the No Child Left Behind law enacted in 2002 - might undergo some fundamental changes when ...

Class Warfare with a TARP

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael B. Laskoff

It stands for Troubled Asset Relief Program, but the first word should really be Troubling. The haste with which it was created... is the best evidence of its flawed nature.

The Tale of the Tape: Child Almost Gets Left Behind

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

The way to ensure no children get "left behind" isn't more cash to schools, it's more resources to people.

"Reinvest, Don't Disinvest" in Education: Randi Weingarten Takes the National Stage

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Weingarten's speech was an impassioned call to spare the hatchet -- or scalpel -- in federal funding for education.