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Public Education Reform

Getting Along to Get Ahead

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

What, really, do our children learn in school? While standardized tests and teacher accountability are the buzzwords of the day, our schools may be missing one of the most important lessons our children must master in order to reach their highest potential.

Workforce Education Should Start in Kindergarten

Sandi Vidal | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Sandi Vidal

As we interviewed the students, their level of preparedness became apparent. Those who had researched, tailored their materials, and prepared were head and shoulders better in the interview than those who had put less time and thought into it.

High School Principles

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

What we need the most is a comprehensive reform of public education that is attentive to raising the ceiling but that does not accomplish this worthy goal by making it even more likely that we will leave many a child behind.

What Public Charter Schools Have Taught Us About Public Education

Nina Rees | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Nina Rees

After two decades, it's clear what charter schools can accomplish. The challenge for the next 20 years is to build on these accomplishments to ensure that every child can realize the benefits of a high-quality public school education.

Education Reform: We're Having the Wrong Conversation

Susan Naimark | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Susan Naimark

Until we understand the deeply racialized history of public education in the United States, not even the best policy efforts will fully address the educational achievement gap.

Empathy for a Teacher

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Teaching is the most difficult, most rewarding job out there. Yet we tolerate or participate in conversations about school reform that paint teachers into a two-dimensional corner.

Neal Boortz Blames Public Schools For President Obama's Election

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

Neal Boortz, conservative talk show host, denounced public school education at a Tea Party rally in Tampa Monday. During his speech at the Unity Ra...

Some Kids Need More to Get the Same Result

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

I recently heard a story that explains why the community schools model -- a reform approach I've been touting for about twenty years now -- is so effective at helping children succeed in the classroom.

Educational Colonialism

Chris Lehmann | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Chris Lehmann

There are a lot of powerful folks right now who are advocating for a pedagogy that they do not want for their own children.

Pushing Children Out of School -- A New American Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?

Swift to Hear; Slow to Speak: A Message to TFA Teachers, Critics, and Education Reformers

Camika Royal, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Camika Royal, Ph.D.

Philadelphians are strong. We endure. The school district of Philadelphia is the second oldest public school system in the United States of America. And throughout that almost 200-year history, our schools have faced some severe challenges.

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.