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Trump, State Leaders Differ On School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

The 2016 elections are now behind us, but what remains is a divided country. Some people are very happy feeling that their voices finally were heard. ...

Corporate Reform - A Scary Fable

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.24.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Once upon a time there was a nation that believed body weight was the most accurate and comprehensive way to assess ability. It had always been thus, and no one ever questioned the validity of the standard.

An Open Letter To Mark Zuckerberg And Dr. Priscilla Chan About Education Reform

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The privatizers don't need you. They have a herd of billionaires in their fold. We need you. Please help us transform our public schools into the great instrument of democracy and social justice that they must be.

Hillary's Thesis, Rules For Radicals, And Today's Fight For Public Schools

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Whether you see your foe as a coalition like ALEC, or a democratic mayor, a republican governor, a major foundation, a hedge fund, or public apathy and disengagement, it's safe to say that public school defenders need an all-of-the-above approach.

'New Economy,' Old Injustices - And School Reform

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.02.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Toni Wagner sees an economy in shambles and calls for innovators. Yong Zhao sees a nation at risk and calls for entrepreneurs. Tom Van der Ark sees ...

Without Planning And Oversight, Charter Schools Hurt Neighborhood Schools

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Donald Cohen

All children deserve great, stable schools. When charter schools are allowed to open up shop with little consideration for other public schools and the surrounding community, all some children get is disruption.

School Reform

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The Great Gates Mea Culpa by Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr. There is a wonderful line in a song in "Fiddler On The Roof" as Tevye imagines hims...

Personal Learning Plans for a Racist and Divided Country

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

All Vermont middle and high school students are now writing Personal Learning Plans (PLPs). Students articulate values, envision their college or car...

Sick of Grit? Put the GRR Back in it!

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.04.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I hope we'll soon move beyond the test-my-grit debates, beyond the focus on grit in schools, period. Sometimes it all sounds rather circular and un...

In 2016, Should Teachers Take Sides?

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

At their core, teachers and journalists have something in common. They wield questions and seek truth. At their most courageous, they speak that truth to power, and inspire others to do the same.

After School Citizens and Virtual Diversity: Harvard Report Comes Up Short

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 01.26.2017 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Turning the Tide, a report by the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard, reminds high school educators and parents that the common good is good, and...

A Strong Voice from the Classroom

Jack Jennings | Posted 01.22.2017 | Education
Jack Jennings

John Thompson is a truth-teller. A Teacher's Tale, his new book, honestly addresses the toughest issue in American education--how to improve urban schools impacted by concentrations of poor children.

The Test-Centered School

Peter Greene | Posted 01.10.2017 | Education
Peter Greene

We have districts that are looking at structural changes based not on what's best for the students or even what works best with the available physical plants. They are looking at structural changes primarily based on what will have the best effect on their test-based accountability measures.

Recognizing Great High Schools By What They Actually Do

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.11.2016 | Education
Kevin Welner

When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.

When Elementary School Crushes A Child

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 11.08.2016 | Education
Amy Aves Challenger

Elementary school has fallen and shattered over our ten-year-old's mind. It has suffocated his love for learning, piled over his kindness and trust, and eroded his childhood. Today, five years after he started kindergarten, my son, my husband and I crawl about, attempting to gather and paste the pieces of school together.

Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty

The Conversation US | Posted 11.04.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.

A Copernican Revolution Needed for Democratic School Reform

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

If we see organizing as "citizen politics," the practices of diverse people negotiating differences, working together for some common good, and developing political skills in the process, it can be taken into professions, schools, colleges -- and also electoral politics and government.

Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods are...

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2016 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 08.13.2016 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.

Educating for Democracy: What If All Schools Were Charter

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.07.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

I wonder what this eminent thinker would have to say about someone who not only repeats the same flawed procedure but then expands on it. That is what Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is doing by increasing the number of charter schools state-wide after turning over all the district schools in New Orleans to charter managers.

Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.06.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

With Congress poised to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, organizations from a broad range of perspectives are claiming the civil rights mantle in promoting their visions for the new bill.

Project Fatherhood Builds On Strengths

John Thompson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
John Thompson

Urban teachers rarely hear a negative word by a student about their mother. These fathers echoed students' devotion to their mothers which serves as the "protected territory of the hearts, demilitarized zone in lives of conflict."

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It

Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for paren...

Mess in Montclair, Attacks Get Personal, and 'Reformers' Place Kids Last

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The real problem is that Montclair Kids First is using Fine's emails to discredit opposition to corporate school reformer and high-stakes testing and to support their campaigns to weaken teacher unions and privatize public education.