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Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

Common Core Means No Child Left Untested

Alan Singer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The more I look at the Common Core approach to reading, the more it seems to be a shill for publishers like Pearson to sell new "Common Core" aligned textbooks, workbooks, and online packaged learning programs.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Join the Obamas and "Opt-Out" of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Sasha and Malia Obama attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC where tuition is about $35,000 a year and students do not take high-stakes Common Core aligned tests. Michelle and Barack chose this school because it offers children an enriched curriculum, not constant test prep.

Stop Bullying Kids Over Testing Issues

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.27.2015 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

I'm not sure why reading a book is not acceptable. Perhaps because the child might learn something? More likely, other kids taking PARCC might be envious and also decide to opt out.

A Month of Opting Out of Standardized Tests: Week 1

Jason Endacott | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

I get a lot of questions about education from friends, family, friends of family, family of friends and random people on the interwebs.  One of the most difficult questions I get is "Why did you choose to opt your kids out of standardized tests?"

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

As usual, it is those who need the most help who are crushed under the heel of the educational-industrial complex.

Selfish Politicians Who Politicize Vaccination Endanger the Public

David Ropeik | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

Parents can opt out of having their kids vaccinated for either philosophical or religious reasons, depending on the state. Posturing as a defender of individual liberty, when people already have it, is selfish political grandstanding and nothing more.

Society's Bias Against Motherhood Is Creating a New Problem With No Name

Lisen Stromberg | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Lisen Stromberg

The sad reality is that professional women who want or have children are often told to hide or deny this side of ourselves. We are told if we don't, our careers will be even more stymied because the research shows the bias against mothers is real.

Why Tulsa Teachers Risk Their Jobs to Opt Out of the Testing Madness

John Thompson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Some non-educators are taken aback by the series of reports on the way that testing eats up incredible amounts of class time -- up to 80 days a year.

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

No Amount of Data Can Replace a Good Classroom Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

Administrators keep feeding teachers the basic nonsense that we could do much better teaching now that we have data we can use. So we keep giving tests. But learning has become something teachers try to sneak in whenever it's possible. And for students, enjoyment of learning is a dim memory.

Rebecca Klein

Hundreds Of Students At This Colorado High School Refused To Take A Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Hundreds of seniors at a Colorado high school refused to take a statewide test Thursday and protested outside, criticizing standardized testing and co...

Will a Florida County's Bold Decision to Opt Out of State Testing Catch Fire?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Imagine schools where children were tested every three or four years, at transition points, as in the world's top-performing nations. Imagine schools where teachers wrote their own tests and used their professional judgment.

Back to School - Or Not? Five Reasons to Consider Learning Without Schooling for Your Teen

Catherine Gobron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Gobron

Here we are in August and teens across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Some of them are looking forward to it. And some are not....

Home Economics: Give Mom a Little (Professional) Respect

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

This Mother's Day, we can all do three things that will bolster mom's value and support gender equality. We can stop making throwaway negative comments about mothers. We can acknowledge that mothers do real work, and we can value that work more highly.

Why We Chose to Opt Out

Jason Endacott | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

Federal laws clearly give us the right as parents to guide the education of our children. While the Secretary of Education has recently pushed for changes to those laws in order to give corporations as much access to your child's data as any teacher or administrator has, he hasn't been able to take away our right to decide what's best for our child. Not yet anyway.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?

John Thompson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

In a rational world, the public school test prep season wouldn't heat up during the winter and the first of April wouldn't signify the beginning of th...

Do We Want Our Children to Believe 'Life Is a Test?'

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.18.2014 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

In a recent editorial, the Chicago Tribune asks, "Where is the harm in a child taking the ISAT?" The piece makes several interesting claims about why opting out of the test is a bad idea. I guess the Tribune thinks these parents don't have a case, but I'm not so sure that's true.

Opting Back In: Not As Peachy As it Seems for the Divorcée

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 04.21.2014 | Divorce
Quenby Wilcox

Why is it that when these women enter divorce courts, they and the contribution they have made to their family and husband's career is treated with such disregard and disdain by the courts?

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Kim Siegal: Lean In? Opt Out? All I Know Is I'm Dizzy

Kim Siegal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Don't look at your neighbor and wonder. Know that your children will remember the time you spend with them, not without them, and make that time together count. Don't let momentary sadness cause you to regret your big decisions -- remember, there will always be trade-offs.

The No-Choice Generation

Janis Powers | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Janis Powers

I've had a high-powered career, been a stay-at-home mother and returned to the workforce. As I read the media coverage about the challenges of working women in America, I have to wonder what would have happened if Atalanta and Young John had reunited... and had a baby

How Organizations Can Take Advantage of Employees Who 'Opt Out'

Rose Stanley | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Rose Stanley

As Sylvia Ann Hewlett describes in her book, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps, many women are lost on re-entry, and companies miss the chance to leverage this talent pool.