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School Reform

Let's Blame All the Teachers!

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

For teachers who choose to devote their life's work to some of the most difficult classrooms in America, such as here in D.C., the testing imperative becomes a monumental disincentive to stay in the classroom for any length of time.

Three Reasons San Francisco Public Schools May Not Be for You

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.24.2011 | San Francisco
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I hold no ill will towards those who have made the choice NOT to participate directly in the public school system, but my wife and I have chosen to raise our three daughters here in the city and are committed to public education.

The Question Anderson Cooper Forgot to Ask

Michelle Chahine | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education
Michelle Chahine

Education must be the top issue in the election season ahead. It is a question of economics, growth, basic social justice and human rights.

Disruptive Schooling

Nancy Pine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

We envy the academic achievement level in China. There are many reasons for their achievement. But one is that instructional time is respected. The teachers teach -- uninterrupted. Not a second is lost.

Charter Schools - The True Purple Solution to Public Education

Lanny Davis | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Lanny Davis

Today we have a concept called "a charter school," which uses private market forces and competition to improve our public school system -- by breaking the traditional monopoly franchise of the public school district, run by local boards of education.

Occupy Our Schools

Rick Ayers | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Take over these schools. Occupy them. Sit in. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We built these schools with our taxes, our labor, our commitment to students and communities. They are not just playthings for overfed business dilettantes.

The Missing Dimension of the Education Debate

Tish Jennings | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Tish Jennings

How can we better prepare and open students' and teachers' minds and hearts for presence, resilience, receptivity, communication and learning?

Arne Duncan's Second Chance

John Thompson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
John Thompson

The NCLB waiver process provides an opportunity for the Duncan administration to extricate itself from the assault on teachers that was initiated by its predecessor.

Faulty Data Wrongly Placed School Among Worst In State

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

A Delaware middle school will no longer receive hundreds of thousands in additional funding after it was mistakenly named one of the worst schools in ...

Occupy the Lives of Children in DC

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.11.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Real justice is about service to others, not ourselves. A movement that is only about expressing anger over our own individual hurts will soon disintegrate for lack of an achievable common cause.

Why Students Should Evaluate Their Teachers

Jonathan Jeffrey | Posted 12.10.2011 | Education
Jonathan Jeffrey

These evaluations should be accessed solely by the teachers about whom they are written. As a result of this confidentiality, teachers can learn how to improve their instruction quality, without fearing retribution. The evaluations can be a tool for growth, not as a cause of stress.

Avoiding School Reform Roadblocks

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Reform is about creating an environment in which students are the priority and we as their teachers assist them in starting and finishing their journey to becoming educated citizens.

Why I Send My Children to Public Schools

Robert Niles | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Robert Niles

I don't believe in the people who are attacking our public schools. Sending my children to public schools is the ultimate sign of support, and helps keep me more deeply involved in a precious public resource that needs, and deserves, our support.

Anti-bullying and the Seat Belt Law

Sean Slade | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

There have certainly been great strides in highlighting the issue from columnists, pop stars, the secretary of education, and even the president and first lady, but we still have some way to go to make the shift widespread and automatic.

Bridging The Gap Between The City And Its Schools

Joanna Rees | Posted 12.04.2011 | San Francisco
Joanna Rees

If San Francisco's economic future depends on a well-trained workforce, we must address the growing trend of families leaving our community in search of better schools.

Adopting a New Paradigm in K-12 Education

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The disheartening reality is that America has billions of dollars to fight a two-front war, but cannot or will not properly educate its children.

Applying the Japanese Philosophy of Kaizen to School Reform

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Kaizen is the idea that one does not need to wait for something to be broken in order to fix it. One should always look for opportunities to improve upon current processes, making things incrementally better.

School Days and the Arts: a Perfect Match

Nick Rabkin | Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago
Nick Rabkin

Whether the school day is extended or not, the arts should be part of every day for Chicago students and schools should be filled with the visual arts, music, theater, and dance.

President Obama, NCLB and the School Reform Blame Game

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Society in general needs to understand that the lack of quality teachers, effective administration, and parental involvement are all factors that contribute to the current state of our educational system.

Learning From D.C. in Dallas

Richard Whitmire | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

For Dallas, moving from basic to intermediate is possible, but not easy. It will only happen with inspired, persistent and consistent leadership ... which isn't easy to find.

New York Leaps Into the Middle School Trap

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

What was so odd about Dennis Walcott's announcement that NYC was opening 50 new middle schools is that the most recent research suggesting that a middle school grade configuration is probably not the way to go was done in his city.

What's Driving Educational Reform in America?

Franklin Schargel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Franklin Schargel

Is it the governors who are demanding that schools be more effective while making draconiana cuts eliminating teachers, closing schools and eliminating subjects that children come to school to enjoy?

Do Schools Matter?

Whitney Tilson | Posted 11.18.2011 | Education
Whitney Tilson

The color of your skin and your zip code are almost entirely determinative of the quality of the public education this nation provides. This is deeply, profoundly wrong and is contrary to everything this nation stands for.

Time to Learn: Revisiting the School Calendar Debate

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The nine-month school calendar that emerged over a century and a half ago has proven resistant to change.

Why Education "Reform" Could Bankrupt Us

John Thompson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
John Thompson

America can no longer afford to separate education, health, and social services into separate silos. And we risk bankruptcy if our schools continue to focus on a narrow portion of our children's brains.