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Public Education Reform

The Straw That Broke the Teacher's Back

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Real education reform requires many voices, working on a variety of platforms, and a variety of issues. But the one voice that is consistently missing is the voice of educators. We can change that as a profession.

Why Our Kids Don't Love School Anymore

Michael Elliot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Parents and students talked about the dramatic changes in curriculum and a flood of test prep in classes and homework. Some spoke about the massive expenditures for technology and testing materials, as hands-on instructional time declined.

Am I Dyslexic: PARCC or CCRAP?

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Educators tell us the PARCC exam is developmentally inappropriate. When New York State piloted the PARCC exam, over seventy percent of students failed. Not to be all braggy, but I've got a PhD from UChicago, and found the 7th grade practice exam to be tedious and confusing.

Demand More of The Core

Tom Caramanno | Posted 02.27.2015 | Education
Tom Caramanno

As someone who works in the field of education, I witness daily the impact of the Common Core on children. Many students are indeed struggling to adapt to the standards and there are inherent flaws to them.

An Educator Samples the PARCC

Peter Greene | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Today, I'm trying something new. I've gotten myself onto the PARCC sample item site and am going to look at the ELA sample items for high school. There appear to be 23 sample pages, and I have two hours to do this, so this could take a while. You've been warned.

A Caution to Early Educators

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Katharine B. Stevens

It's important to remember that getting money in the budget isn't nearly enough to realize the promise of early education. How early learning programs are designed and carried out is as important as whether they're done at all.

By Any Dreams Necessary, Malcolm X and the Problem of High Stakes Testing

Yohuru Williams | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Malcolm X faced the kind of racial determinism that many students of color have become accustomed to today. Proponents of high stakes testing resurrect such determinism, presumably without the racial overtones, by reducing students, their hopes and dreams for the future, to test scores.

A Bold Plan to Revitalize Our Educational System

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Keep this system as it is, but build another educational system on top of it, one that addresses the deeper and unfulfilled needs of children, particularly the unprivileged.

The High Price of For-Profit Education and Jeb Bush

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Donald Cohen

Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education has been a long-time booster of K12 Inc.'s expansion, education and business model.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

Financing Public Education

Michael Beyer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

Three simple solutions anyone can understand: cut costs by reducing redundant administration, increase our tax base, and re-amortize our debt. You might wonder why our political leaders don't even mention these solutions.

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

'I Teach Students, Not Subjects'

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers, parents, and administrators are raising their voices louder, and in solidarity, as unrealistic demands for students are being handed down from education policy makers and corporate reformers.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Letter From a Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Philip Kovacs

As for your son's drive and desire to learn, I will do my best to protect both. I've picked up a few things over the 20 years that I've been teaching, and I assure you he's in good hands.

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

Tenure: Education's Friend or Foe?

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

A common public misperception is that tenure perpetuates mediocrity by permitting lifetime appointments for lackluster professors. In practice, the reverse is true: Tenure contributes to hiring the best and brightest.

Resistance to Attacks on Public Education is Not Enough

Arthur Camins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Exposés about corruption, self-interest and corporate and philanthropic influence on public education policy are not enough. Pointing out the absence of evidence to support current policies is not enough. We need to reclaim the initiative as advocates for alternate strategies for improvement.

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

The Deafening Silence of Teachers

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

In any other profession, professionals are not retaliated against if they speak out about issues in their respective fields.

The Charter School Correction

Craig Hochbein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Craig Hochbein

The very things that make certain charter schools successful, when compared with their public school counterparts, ultimately will prevent their ability to eliminate achievement gaps.

Rebuilding the Great Equalizer

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Seth M.M. Stodder

America's balance wheel is malfunctioning. Instead of operating as the "great equalizer," our education system is making our society ever more separate and unequal.

Education Reform Without Addressing the Race Gap Is Education Deform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Rev. Al Sharpton

A child's life often hinges on the level and depth of education he/she receives. We must clear out the noise and bring advocates from both sides into the same room. We cannot continue to ignore the plight of our children, and we cannot continue to attack one another.

Overcoming the Assessment Culture to Achieve Real Education Reform

Dr. Richard Elmore | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Dr. Richard Elmore

Professional development for educators is a fundamental key to large-scale improvement of learning for children.

Public Education Reform Successes of 2013

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In 2013, the American public was schooled in a lot of things. The iPhone 5s brought even more smartphone technology into the hands of consumers, Paula...