We do not just train students for particular jobs; we prepare them for a lifetime of change and adaptation and provide them with the most important skill of all: the skill to learn new skills.
In a divisive education policy conversation which pits one set of schools and politicians against another, educators must lead the charge to learn from other schools. We must stand on the shoulders of those who work alongside us.
The STEM fields do indeed contribute to our technology-based economy, but whether they do so for good or ill depends upon how we grow these new educational shoots and to what end.
Few educators would argue against the importance of using media and technology in the classroom. Yet, we have made very little progress in implementing any media literacy curriculum on a national, or even statewide, level.
We've witnessed several years of this administration generally unconcerned about rising class sizes and teacher layoffs. The truth is that for the past two years, their priorities have pointed in an entirely different direction.
"Smart" and "cool" needn't be kept apart, and many smart kids who want to be artists and artistic kids who want a rigorous academic program have been frustrated by the need to make a choice.
You might be of the view that social media sites have revolutionized the way that people learn from each other. But if you are, you probably aren't serving in the legislature of Rhode Island.
Art, we are told again and again, is a business, but teaching art is also a business. For a growing number of artists, professional training is taking...
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and AFT President Randi Weingarten are not the only union leaders who are bending over backwards to help reform education.
The fundamental principle of school reform, in the Age of Bush and Obama, is measure and punish. If students don't get high enough scores, then someone must be punished.
No education reform is comprehensive that does not entail progressive taxation, a stronger labor movement, and environmental and social justice more broadly.