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Public Education Reform

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The following is a guest post from my colleague, Tracy Dell'Angela, a former Chicago Tribune journalist who has worked for a variety of education poli...

Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris Attack Anyone Who Disagrees

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Recently, a prominent American citizen released a video urging the next president of the United States to spend one day teaching in a high-poverty sch...

Why Both Political Parties Need Education Reform

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Conservatives argue that markets will solve social problems more efficiently and effectively than the public sector while liberals insist that markets...

"Why Do We Need to Take This Test?"

Teach Plus | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Michael Macchi I sit upright at my desk wondering what is happening. Ms. Austin says that it's time to take the MCAS. She distributes the test and...

My Skin Color Gives No One The Right To Give Me a Different Education

The Skillman Foundation | Posted 05.10.2016 | Education
The Skillman Foundation

Oh no, I've got it -- it's because we're just poor black kids from Detroit who don't have a future anyways. Why promise us anything when we probably won't live past 18, right?

Thank You for Teaching

Fernando Reimers | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Fernando Reimers

Fifty years later, I still remember Madame Liliane and all the good things I learned with her. My love for learning, and for teaching, is deeply rooted in the memories of that year in kindergarten.

Foundations Must Think Globally and Act Locally

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Sylvia Bongo Ondimba

In business, "think global, act local" has become a well-known saying, but in nonprofits and foundations, we sometimes forget to do both. It can be e...

7 Ways to Repair the Public Education System

Anya Hollis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Anya Hollis

We need politicians to get their hands out of education and actually give it back to the people who love it. Give education back to the teachers.

In Boston, Student MBTA Passes Are an Equity Issue

Ayele Shakur | Posted 01.31.2016 | College
Ayele Shakur

It's no secret that the T is suffering from significant financial and structural problems, including a $242 million budget deficit and aging trains that often fail to run in cold and snowy conditions. But many parents are already struggling to send their children to school, and finding the extra money for a fare hike seems like an unfair burden.

Why Educating Older Workers Is Crucial To Maintaining Economic Vitality

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

A new study from the American Psychological Association (APA) is the latest mark in how 21st century longevity must become a driver for profound social and economic change. APA underscores that education for older adults isn't simply a question of economic participation, but of health.

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.