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Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I'm Skeptical.

Peter Cunningham | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative government will be good...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Ravitch

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.05.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"In my view, historians will look on this era as a period of failed mandates, of willful and ignorant attacks on public education and the education pr...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Fisher

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.10.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Amidst debates about college access and affordability, we think the question of employer needs should sit at the core of higher education conversatio...

Around the World in 30 Days: July 2016

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.29.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

C. M. Rubin's Global Education Report As the United States prepares to elect a new President this November, putting every student on a path towards...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Hargreaves

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.24.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"What the US now needs is a learning Secretary who promotes challenging and joyful learning for all students, uplifting and impactful learning for edu...

National Assessment of No Educational Progress

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Imagine an athlete training for the Olympic decathlon. The young man had been told that success would come by training specifically and constantly for the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles. He did what he was told.

School District Invests in "Erasing the Look & Feel of Poverty," Sees Big Returns

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.01.2017 | Education
MeiMei Fox

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years. For these students, poverty brings a...

A Successful Personalized Learning Initiative: Lessons Learned

Hippo Reads | Posted 01.11.2017 | Education
Hippo Reads

We're living proof that though money alone can't solve a school superintendent's problems, a well-crafted personalized learning program does.

Will Every Student Succeed? Not With This New Law

Alan Singer | Posted 12.06.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

I will be glad to see NCLB left behind and RTTT stopped, but I do not see how ESSA is a victory for education in the United States. Does anyone believe that low-funded poorly performing states like Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia, will create meaningful accountability systems and tests that will expose the low quality public education they offer Black and Latino students?

Thanksgiving Thanks to Teachers We Remember Who Didn't Teach Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 11.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Under Race to the Top and Common Core students, teachers, schools, districts, and states are evaluated based on high-stakes standardized tests, transforming schools from places where students learn to love learning into test prep academies.

New York State's Bogus Common Core Survey

Alan Singer | Posted 11.18.2016 | New York
Alan Singer

Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.

Obama Fails on Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 10.29.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The problem, of course, is the kind of instruction. What Obama and Duncan seem to miss is that as long as students, teachers, schools, districts and states are evaluated based on the high-stakes standardized tests, even if test time is reduced, curriculum will still be all about test prep.

Arne Duncan's Legacy: Growing Influence of a Network of Private Actors on Public Education

The Conversation US | Posted 10.08.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

Arne Duncan did not invent political networks. And yet, to use a term of education professors Janelle Scott and Catherine DiMartino, he has acted as a "gatekeeper" by bringing a private network to the fore in education, and further opening public education to privatized influences.

Evaluating Pope Francis Using APPR*

Alan Singer | Posted 10.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Let's start with Pope Francis' pedagogical strengths: Communicating with students and families, creating an environment of respect and rapport, and demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness.

OMG Barack, How Could You Pick John King?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Alan Singer

Arne Duncan is leaving as Barack Obama's Secretary of Education. Unbelievably, President Obama found someone just as bad to replace him, Deputy Secretary of Education John King who in his previous job was New York State Education Commissioner.

A Brief History of Education in the United States (Part 2)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.

Obama Made A Lot Of Promises On This Day In 2008. Here's How They're Holding Up.

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

On Aug. 28, 2008, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver. In his speech, he made a lot...

Carly Fiorina for Secretary of Education

Stanley Fish | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Stanley Fish

Carly Fiorina recognizes the danger that a technology-dominated classroom -- a classroom focused on programmable skills rather than on messy and ever-changing ideas -- will become the location of job training rather than intellectual exploration. Education's great task, she said at a recent New Hampshire education summit, is not to prepare people for jobs, but to "fill children's souls," to make of them the kinds of citizens who can contribute to a participatory democracy. And that task, she insisted, requires exposure to music, literature, art and philosophy -- the very subjects that are currently falling by the wayside in the rush to elevate the STEM subjects to the be all and end all. From where I sit, this is just common sense, but it is not the common sense coming from the Obama administration (or the Bush administration before it).

Another Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.21.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

After months of threatening that high student opt-out rates on high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests would cause school districts to lose federal and state aid, the threats have evaporated.

Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In 2015 it moved from the political margins and emerged as a full-scale social movement committed to the idea that education should be about children, not testing. States have not yet abandoned Common Core and Race to the Top mandated high-stakes testing, but as the Opt-Out movement continues to grow and its pace of growth continues to accelerate, I believe they will.

Want to Reform Education? Let Teachers Teach.

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.03.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real education reform will come when, and only when, we address poverty, fund schools properly and honor the teaching profession with good pay and the respect teachers deserve. America's teachers will do the rest - if we leave them alone to love and teach their children.

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

How Testing Is Driving More Oklahoma Teachers, and Other Educators Across the Nation, Out of the Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
John Thompson

No Child Left Behind was awful, but it imposed high-stakes testing on only about one fifth of teachers. The worst harm was inflicted as Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers extended bubble-in accountability to every educator.

Educating for Democracy: What Makes a 'Great Student'?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Many more "great students" could be developed and supported if only their schools allowed their teachers to discover who they really are and nurture their passions. At present we are moving in the opposite direction.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.