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What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 03.09.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

We Have to Stop Ignoring Adverse Childhood Experiences

John Thompson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Even as the study of children's response to trauma pointed to the need to focus on the socioemotional needs of students, the test-driven school reform movement drew a line in the sand; the mention of adverse childhood experiences was dismissed as an "excuse." Top-down school reformers imposed an educational version of faith healing on schools.

New York Parents and Teachers Challenge Cuomo's Mis-Education Plan

Alan Singer | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On March 12, New York City parents, teachers, and students plan to create a "ring around" the school building at every New York City public school before the start of the school day to press demands that Cuomo's plans be stopped. NYSAPE is planning a similar statewide protest for March 26.

Cuomo and New York State Continue to Fail Minority Youth

Alan Singer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Politicians whine. Politicians bluster. Politicians blame. New York State Governor Andy Cuomo does it with the worst of them, especially when it comes to education. It is easy to blame teachers.

Civic Agency and Executive Function: An Emerging Conversation

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

A conversation is just beginning between practitioners and theorists of civic agency and scholars and educators promoting educational experiences which develop Executive Function. It may have large potential.

Youth in the Lead

Rick Ayers | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Too often we talk about "education" as if students were faceless automatons and the body of knowledge were a single thing, a set of settled truths, a desirable accomplishment that promises an end to poverty and a happy life.

Learning From Failure

John Thompson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Most innovations fail. And like NPR Planet Money's Adam Davidson explains, "life span of innovations has never shorter, meaning that failure happens more quickly." So it is not too soon to start to contemplate of the obituaries of the contemporary school reform movement.

The Global Search for Education: How to Improve -- From Australia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In his paper, "Is School Reform Working?", Professor Geoff Masters explores whether or not the policy settings for Australian schools are on track to ensure future improvements in that country's decade-long decline in the PISA test. I caught up with him recently to get some answers to the questions I had.

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: What Will it Cost in the Long Haul?

Diane Levin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Diane Levin

It is urgent that we begin to ask what the school "reform" mandates will do in the long haul to our children, our schools, or families and beyond. Who has any sense of the longitudinal effects of the current model in 10 or 20 years?

Stupidity and Value-Added Models

Gregory Michie | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

There's no convincing research to show that value-added models have done anything to help teachers improve or kids learn, and growing evidence shows them to be wildly inaccurate and erratic.

Teacher Regulations Worthy of George Orwell

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.01.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Who will remain to teach the nation's schoolchildren when the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) succeeds in its plan to force every single pupil, teacher, school, college and university to conform to its Orwellian plan for constant surveillance and measurement of teachers via standardized tests and surveys?

Why Rescue the Latest Failed 'Chief for Change'?

John Thompson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Tulsa's choice is doubly perplexing at a time when the new chair of the Senate Education Committee, Lamar Alexander, is crafting compromises that will undo the policies that coerced states into adopting value-added evaluations, and pulling the plug on the failed SIG that Gist promoted.

New Data Illuminates Long Island's Education Inequities

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 03.31.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Given that New York has the most segregated schools in America, according to the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, these studies should be the basis for a regional commitment to addressing these inequities.

Why Won't Arne Duncan and Other True Believers in High-Stakes Testing Face Reality?

John Thompson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
John Thompson

As high-stakes testing becomes even more unpopular, we can also anticipate more of his efforts to pretend that it isn't punitive. But the use of test scores to punish is, by definition, the use of tests to punish.

An Obituary for an Unattained Education Goal

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.21.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

Let 2014 slip away, with that noble but unattained goal. In 2015, let us use experience and research to find a better way to improve the schools. Students, educators, parents, and the country as a whole deserve better.

Give High School Students the Same Freedom as College Students

Blake Boles | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

Real learning thrives when students have real choices. Give high school students the same freedom as college students, and we'll take education a step in the right direction.

Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of hedge fund executives aiming to direct more taxpayer money to charter schools pooled their own vast resources to help elect...

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

The Wisdom of Kristof's and WuDunn's 'A Path Appears'

John Thompson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Speaking of love, a book like A Path Appears could not have been produced by the intellect alone. Kristof and WuDunn are obviously motivated by a passion to help their fellow human beings.

To Fix School, Make it Consensual

Blake Boles | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." Education is no exception. To become a self-directed learner is to become, in the words of my friend Ethan Mitchell, a consensual learner.

Teacher Prep and Better Resources: How to Reach Urban Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their schools are often thrown into the "lost cause" category.

The Japanese Philosophy of Kaizen and U.S. School Reform

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Education may very well be the single most important ingredient in allowing a person to achieve success in life. The ascendancy of each individual defines the prosperity of our society; education is the backbone of a continuously developing society.

Dana Goldstein Explains How Teachers Became America's Most Embattled Profession

John Thompson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Goldstein's history of top-down efforts to control teachers is a reminder of the truism that history repeats itself, ultimately as a farce. To liberate our profession, however, teachers must fight the larger battle, so that history doesn't repeat itself as a tragedy.

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

School Reformers and Teachers Unions Battle In California Education Race

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 9 (Reuters) - A former charter school executive aiming to unseat California's education c...