Schools today must provide opportunities for young people to create knowledge out of the swirling clouds of information that surround them 24/7. You went to school because that's where the knowledge was stored. That was yesterday.
The team at PBS consists of dedicated people; constantly looking for ways to increase their audience. But there is always a danger, in any organization, of only seeing the world from the top down, and then counting heads to measure whether something is good or not.
Some will continue to debate whether apps are appropriate for kids at all -- regardless of income. But we've found that not only are touch screen apps intuitive and age-appropriate for young children, they also have powerful learning potential.
Last night I watched a review copy of a stunning new Alzheimer's documentary, produced and directed by long-time elder activist Scott Kirschenbaum. It's set to premiere on PBS's Independent Lens series on March 29.
The real problem is not the Constitution's limits on the federal role in education. For all its talk of public education as 'the civil rights issue of our time," this Administration, like the one before it, simply does not have a powerful vision of what genuine education might be.
The PBS presentation spent 75 percent of the four hours reporting on 25 percent of the story, the issue of "scandal," omitting the substance and policy achievements of the Clinton presidency, issues that affected the lives of most Americans and that they care about most.
The next time your dad worries about who will take over his condo in Boca once he passes on, ensure him that you've got his back. Promptly fall in love with your cousin and gain an immediate heir to the estate.
The Education Trust's Amy Wilkins used her family experiences as evidence to condemn Tracey and Abby Sparrow's piece, "The Voices of Black Men." No other organization has attacked teachers in a way than has upset me more than has the Education Trust.
Who have been the primary beneficiaries of "school reform?" Duh, the for-profit companies! While consultants and think tanks have done OK, the real money has been in testing and textbooks and technology and construction.
This nearly four-hour documentary by Barak Goodman, a long-time "American Experience" producer and director, is a smear job, though more the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach than a straight-ahead takedown.
I am still searching for the one right word to describe teachers today. Reviewing the candidates: competitors, policemen, social workers, surrogate parents, counselors, health care providers, nutritionists and ringmasters.
When California Governor Jerry Brown recently called for fewer standardized tests and less time on test preparation, he probably expected to be praised. Instead, his proposal has been greeted with cries of outrage from teachers, administrators, and students.