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Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Education is not about being taught more and more reasons about why we alone are right and everyone else is wrong. Rather, it is a process of being given more and more air, a wider perspective that affords us a grander, more Olympian sweep of everything.

The Best School Choice: The More Parents Know, the Better

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Curtis Valentine

My role as an unapologetic advocate for public education in the most affluent predominately African-American county in America often turns a trip to the park into a lesson on why large public education systems struggle, and why successful parents may be asking the wrong questions before making choices for their children.

'Choice' Denying Opportunity?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's time to recognize that "choice" risks denying opportunity -- and it's time to examine how the consequences of "choice" stand to impact our nation's productivity and future. America's public schoolchildren are dependent on us, policymakers and the public alike, to make informed choices.

Through Her Eyes, Only (How I'll See the Marysville Shooting)

Jennifer Beck Furber | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Jennifer Beck Furber

Across Rosario Strait, the streets are full of candles, flowers, teddy bears. I see these images and I see pain trying to find its way to love.

Finnish Lessons for American School Boards: Are We More Alike than We Think?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

As the mid-term elections approach, its important to highlight that the inaction of Congress to address public education has put renewed pressures on state and local governments to act.

Only Fascist and Communist Dictatorships Alter History to Promote 'Patriotism.' Conservative Attacks on Curriculum Are Dangerous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Young Americans can decide for themselves, based on every aspect of U.S. history, whether or not to protest, or vote Tea Party, or carry a gun or become a fur-hating vegan. They need all of our history in an honest manner, not just the "patriotic" version.

The Public View of Public Schools: Are the Nation's Policymakers Listening?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

This year's PDK/Gallup poll elicited Americans' opinions on a wide array of education topics, including Common Core State Standards, student standardized testing, international comparisons, school choice, and school governance issues.

Michigan Charter Schools Is Why Local Control Matters

Paul Ruth | Posted 09.06.2014 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

Democracy can be a tool to recognize the shortcomings of a nation, but it takes effort to turn it into a vehicle for equality.

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

School Official Resigns After Describing Parent As 'Chubby Wubby'

AP | Posted 05.14.2014 | Weird News

MAHOPAC, N.Y. (AP) — A New York school board president who described a PTA parent as "chubby wubby" during a public meeting has resigned. The Journ...

Pennsylvania School Proposes Policy to Force Use of Slur

Adam Goldstein | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Adam Goldstein

Once government property is set aside for an educational purpose, students have a protectable free expression right within the scope of that purpose. Students no more have a right to take control of the newspaper away from the editors than they do the right to take control of the footballs away from the football team.

"Nobody Asked Us!" School Closings, Public Decision-Making, and, Yes, There Is a Better Way

Susan Naimark | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

Last week, thousands of teachers, parents, students and community leaders showed up in Chicago's downtown loop to protest the closing of 54 schools. Chicago is not alone: from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, public schools are being shuttered in low-income, urban communities of color.

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

Teen Socialist's Big Win

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey. Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a ...

John Celock

Richard Boylan, Star Kids Project President, Declines California School Board Seat After Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

A man who has argued that aliens are interacting with human's reproductive systems in order to produce advanced children has declined to take a seat h...

Why Elect Students to the Board of Education

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Faheem Younus

There are many similarities between the candidates vying for the District 5 seat on the Prince George's County (Maryland) Board of Education: they are both women, both long-term residents of the county and both highly qualified. Yet there is a key difference: Age.

PAC Money Floods California School Board Races, Targets Incumbent

San Jose Mercury News | Sharon Noguchi | Posted 01.01.2013 | Education

With an unprecedented surge of cash from charter schools and their high-tech backers, normally low-profile school board campaigns have morphed into bi...

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.

The End of Geography (and School Boards?) in Education Governance

Peter Meyer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

We have nearly 14,000 school boards in this country and they control billions of dollars worth of taxpayer money.

Opt Out Chronicles: School Boards Opting Out?

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

What does it mean to opt out? The simple answer, in the context of the public school reform movement, is when a parent pulls their child from state mandated high-stakes testing.

Contentious School Board Battle Fought Amid Big Money

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education

RALEIGH, N.C. — Intense national political forces were focused on a local school board runoff this week in North Carolina's capital as voters re...

Education "Reformers" Next Target? "One-Size-Fits-All" Democracy

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Now that they've had some success destroying public education, the school reform privateers are setting their sights on something even more precious and fundamental to our nation -- our democracy.

Joy Resmovits

Kansas City Schools Chief's Departure Involves A Swirl Of Ethical Allegations, Profanity [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education

The abrupt departure of John Covington from his post as superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri's schools reveals how interpersonal disputes between s...

Joy Resmovits

Phasing Out State Control of Post-Katrina Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2011 | Education

With 75% of New Orleans students slated to attend charter schools next year, some stakeholders say a management split between the far-away state capit...

Required Reading: Six Education Titles Not to be Missed

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

February is a great month for books about education, with very readable releases from John Seely Brown, Richard Whitmire, Ron Dietel, Alexander Russo, and Gene Maeroff.