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Parents Know Best: Let's Start Acting Like It

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Why is the education community so fearful of increased parental involvement? Isn't that what we say we want? The answer lies somewhere at the intersection of power and control.

On the Ethics of Selling Slingshots

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Slowly, but hopefully surely, the progressive community is learning that Goliath is no less of a Goliath when he shows up to battle wearing a t-shirt that says "I heart kids."

Finding Value in the Business of Schools

Paula White | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education
Paula White

The idea of education as a business tends to conjure up images of schools where there is little regard for workplace quality or for joyous endeavors. But the fact is, successful schools, like many successful businesses, can be client-driven, adhering to the adage that the customer comes first.

Lawmakers Object To Funding Islamic School, But Offer Vouchers To Christian Schools

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

Sectarian feuds reignited in Louisiana last week when lawmakers debated whether to provide federal funding for Muslim and Christian schools under a ne...

The Problem With Mitt Romney's Education Plan

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education
Patrick O'Connor

A thoughtful look at the education policies of both candidates leaves very little to cheer about for true education reformers.

The Trouble With Differentiating Differentiation

Dan Ross | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

Why are America's high school student so dramatically and devastatingly unprepared to succeed at the highest levels of scholastic achievement? The answer is simple: differentiation.

Teacher Appreciation -- More Than Just a Week?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Teacher Appreciation Week soon will be over. Will America's teachers continue to be subjected to degradation and prevented from having a meaningful say in their profession? Or will their dedication and desire to help kids be respected?

Sending Teacher Bashing Out of Style

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 07.01.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

When I saw Kenneth Cole's short-lived billboard, which falsely pitted "teachers' rights vs. students' rights" and asked the public where it stands on the question, I was so angry I could barely see straight.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Moving From Pilots to Policy

Richard Buery | Posted 06.03.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

If the incoming mayor really means to narrow achievement gaps, he or she must increase access to early childhood education, parenting supports, health and nutrition programs, and after-school and summer enrichment programs.

Will Rich Students Get First Dibs At Community Colleges?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.18.2012 | Los Angeles

After millions of dollars in budget cuts over the last few years, Santa Monica College says that help is on the way -- thanks to a controversial new p...

When Making a Great Teacher Is a Team Effort

Andrea Gabor | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education
Andrea Gabor

A handful of his more experienced colleagues who had observed Baiz, both in the classroom and giving math presentations to the faculty, saw his potential and made a case for keeping him at the school; but Baiz was convinced that his days were numbered.

No Child Left Unmotivated

Bryan Balin | Posted 05.02.2012 | Education
Bryan Balin

With a better understanding of what motivates students, we can help our educational system to regain the dynamism it once had -- and help U.S. workers become more competitive on the world stage.

'Bad' Women, Teachers, and Politics

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Our field has been under bipartisan attack for a while now, as our feminized profession (76% female) has joined the ranks of all the other "bad" women throughout history accused of threatening society's well-being.

Educational Inequity Is No Accident

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

What's good for the goose is evidently not so good for the gander. In America's current educational environment, the disparity of experience is bad and getting worse.

Social Media Could Be The Key To Ending High Stakes Tests

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

Parents of all children can come together to stand up and unite against the government's attempt to control their children.

SFC & SB 130: "Innovating" Around Teacher Voice?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

It's a rare thing to meet a public school stakeholder who honestly believes politicians and corporate-funded lobbying groups should have more say over education than educators do. Yet that's exactly what's happening.

A Charter School Prayer for the New Year

Dan Ross | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

I worry much more about a different, less acknowledged way in which school prayer has reinserted itself into our national conversation about education. I am talking about the supposed birth of our dear saviors, the charter schools.

A Literate Nation for 2012

Patricia G. Mathes | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Patricia G. Mathes

If I could change one thing in 2012 to improve the quality of life for every American, it would be to ensure that every child in the nation left school literate.

Using Time to Improve Student Performance

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Research shows that time may be the most essential resource of the education system. However, it is important to recognize that merely increasing the amount of time students are in school is not a panacea for improving student performance.

Magnet Schools Are an Important Option for LAUSD

Gary Orfield | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Gary Orfield

We need to make sure that students from all parts of the city have the right to participate in this important alternative, which is one of the only real paths to college, particularly for disadvantaged students, that's left in the City of Los Angeles.

What If Education Reformers Focused on Just One School District?

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact
Melanie Lundquist

Education reformers today can point to pockets of success and hopeful trends, but they have yet to produce a dramatic district turnaround -- that singular, watershed moment when the public sees and finally believes it can be done.

High School Seniors Talk Turkey about Deeper Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.27.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Deeper Learning delivers the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in a world that is changing at an unprecedented pace. Earlier this mo...

Have We Gotten It Wrong on School Reform?

Jack Jennings | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We are unique in pursuing so much testing, punitive measures against schools and teachers, and the creation of so many independent charter schools. At the same time, we are ignoring financial inequality among schools and school districts.

Evaluating Bloomberg School Reform -- Do You Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

According to CUNY college tests, only 1.1 percent of the New Height Academy's graduates were actually prepared to do college level work without remediation. This is for a charter school that received a grade of "A" from New York City Department of Education assessors.

The Future of Education

Sharon Mizrahi | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Sharon Mizrahi

Together, me and a group of inspiring teens and adults debated, experimented, sketched, asked questions, and explored. We created something truly amazing. Now that's the future of education.