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Public Education Reform

What the Video of the South Carolina School Incident Tells Us

Byron Garrett | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

As an officer of the law, this detective took an oath which he not only violated but soiled the very intention behind having school resource officers in the first place.

An Open Letter to America's Parents and Teachers: Let's Make Our Testing Smarter

Barack Obama | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Barack Obama

When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn't the way they prepared me to take a standardized test. What I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself. To be curious about the world.

Why Eight Students' Legal Case is Pivotal to Educational Reform

Paul Caccamo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Paul Caccamo

America has an epidemic of youth violence that must be addressed. If we don't put some of the responsibility on our public schools to tackle the impact of this violence, then we have few alternatives for addressing it at the scope that is required.

Teacher as Talent

Philip Kovacs | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Philip Kovacs

Google "teacher shortage" and the results are frightening. As a former teacher, and as a former teacher educator, I am not surprised.

Education Doesn't Need to be Reformed - It Needs to be Transformed.

Laura Flores Shaw | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Laura Flores Shaw

All sides of the vitriolic public education debate are missing a fundamental point: our changing society presents new challenges that require us to fundamentally rethink our concept of school.

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

Teachers Have Had Enough!

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers are banding together like never before on Twitter and Facebook and using their voices to speak the truth about what is happening in our public schools.

The Straw That Broke the Teacher's Back

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.08.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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.