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Business Group Pledges $500,000 Campaign For Common Core -- Who Will It Really Benefit?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Someday, maybe 12 years from now, they think, all children will be college-ready, even if they live in squalor or have no home, even if they attend overcrowded classes with inexperienced teachers. Are they gullible? Or do they believe the public can be easily deceived?

Here to Change the World: Emerging Artists Turn Downtown Dreams Real at University Settlement and The Door

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Jaime Lubin

The emerging artists from US and The Door have certainly made an indelible impression on how I think about the world -- here's hoping they continue to do so for a lifetime.

Where Does Dance Live In Our Society?

Luna Dance Institute | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Luna Dance Institute

As humans we are compelled to create, to play, to love and to communicate through movement -- after all, gesture was our first language. Dance gives us life and brings us joy and hope.

Tony Huffman: Comparing Eastern Kentucky's Highest and Lowest Performing School Districts

Centre College | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Centre College

In eastern Kentucky, many children lack the tools to escape the depths of poverty due to the struggling educational structures in place.

Ready, Set, Resist: New Jersey Families Defend Public Education

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Despite efforts to silence and outspend dissent, in city after city, in town after town, New Jersey students, parents and teachers are fighting for their public schools.

Why Don't Kids Trust Us?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Our society is more fractured than we may realize. The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual survey, found only 18 percent of Americans expected bu...

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This is crazy stuff, and it makes it difficult if not impossible to have a reasonable discussion about the pros and cons of the Common Core.

Why Public Liberal Arts Colleges?

Bill Spellman | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Bill Spellman

The answer, I believe, is rooted in a particular history and vision of what post-secondary public education in a healthy democracy ought to look like.

Violation of the Spirit of Brown V. Board of Education

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Rev. Al Sharpton

Educational inequality isn't a notion from the past; it is happening right now all across this nation. And the facts simply don't lie.

What I'd Do if I Could Create a Charter School

Chris Goering | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Chris Goering

As a high school teacher and professor I've often dreamt of having my own high school, one designed in the spirit of all of my ideas about what education should and shouldn't be. My pretend school is called the Progressive Institute of Student Awesomeness (PISA).

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

Understanding Brown v. Board of Education

James E. Ryan | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
James E. Ryan

To understand the impact of Brown, it is crucial to understand Milliken v. Bradley, which is far less well-known. Indeed, the latter decision has in many ways had an even more lasting impact on education.

60 Years After Brown v. Board, Will Congress Revive A Dual School System?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

On the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, Congress is set to expand a dual school system. One bound by laws, the other deregulated. One free to select the "winners, " the other bound to accept all.

Do You Want the Good News Or...

Patrick Corvington | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

Pushing towards graduation is a worthy pursuit -- an important and achievable goal. And graduating 80 percent of kids on time -- phenomenal. But with these 12th grade math and reading scores, it does raise the question: What is the quality of these graduates?

Does Debt Forgiveness Work? Ask Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Corruption, natural disasters, wars, bad policies, and bad luck made it impossible for African governments to keep up with debt payments without cutting basic services to their people, who were already poor and getting few services in the first place.

Leadership: A Big Thing

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I sometimes hear school and district leaders ask the question: What's the one thing that we should do to help our schools improve?

What Powerful And Greedy Elites Are Hiding When They Scapegoat The Schools

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Instead of looking in the mirror, our politicians blame the schools. They say that we lost those jobs because our schools were preparing students poorly, not because the "job creators" wanted to export jobs to countries that pay their workers a few dollars a day.

On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?

What If You Could Learn Like a Jedi

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Matt Murrie

People change, beliefs change, systems change, everything changes. When education doesn't evolve with these changes, it affects our present and future.

What It Feels Like to Be a Teacher (in a Six Second Vine)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

We feel this sums it up as best as you can in only six seconds.

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.

War: The Cry of the Republicans

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Republicans are shouting for war. Unlike our forefathers, they are not fighting for democracy and equal rights, but rather for a plutocracy.

Sasha Obama, My Daughter, and the PARCC Test: An Open Letter to President Obama

Rebecca Steinitz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Rebecca Steinitz

The the Common Core State Standards won't succeed if the tests used to assess them are confusing, developmentally inappropriate, and so hard that even good students can't do well on them.

Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

How can the nation's "newspaper of record" be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?