While achievement has gone up for other groups of students, we are not making the same kind of progress for our American Indian and Alaska Native students.
I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.
Before choice, I would not have understood what it was like to teach a class where eight to ten kids had been traumatized so badly that their cognitive functions had been altered. After a decade of choice, that became my new normal.
Oklahoma and Tennessee's legislators' most recent attacks on evolution started in each state's legislative session in 2011 and were carried forward into this year's sessions.
Many people don't take the term "arts" seriously. It's soft, not muscular. But we now know a lot more about learning and know that "arts integration" works.
Most educators already know that we should be teaching analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving, so perhaps our experiment with graduation exams will prompt us to follow the path we always knew we should be taking.
What do we mean when we say that beyond skills and knowledge, an arts education better prepares students for the 21st century?