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School Reform

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.

Play Is Under Attack in Our Schools: 7 Absurd Stories That Say It All

Darell Hammond | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Darell Hammond

Despite countless studies proving that play is integral to children's learning and health, most kids aren't getting enough space and time to play during the school day. These seven absurd stories from last school year say it all.

Creating the High Schools of the Future

Gaston Caperton | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

One of the problems with education reform is that US high schools operate under ambiguous orders.

Finding America's Narrative

Sarah Carr | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Sarah Carr

Narratives have been used to divide us not only in the conversation about school reform, but just about every major issue facing the country, including health care, foreign policy, and, yes, the debt ceiling.

The Obama Paradox

John Thompson | Posted 10.15.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Unlike many in the Tea Party, President Obama does not want to privatize schools. But, the president has essentially privatized educational policy.

The 35,000 Kids Next Door to the White House

Peter W. Cookson, Jr. | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education
Peter W. Cookson, Jr.

A few blocks from the White House, 35,000 children go to bed hungry every night, just a small fraction of America's growing number of children living in poverty. Where are their futures in the media show we have come to call educational reform?

What We Talk About When We Talk About School Reform

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Is the coherent whole what we really want to talk about when we talk about school reform? Is it something else?

Teaching Strategies That Work! (Just Don't Ask "Work to Do What?")

Alfie Kohn | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

There's long been evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of certain classroom management strategies, most of which require the teacher to exercise firm control. But how many interrupt the discussion to ask what is meant by "effectiveness"?

To Cheat Or Not To Cheat

Pamela Kripke | Posted 10.04.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

If non-educators continue to treat students like widgets and teachers like factory robots, measuring success by how many shoddy units get sold to Wal-Mart, we'll have cheating scandals in all 50 states.

Four Myths of Education Reform Nobody Is Talking About

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D.

Reformers need to get their argument straight: Is the system broken and therefore needs a radical change, or does the system work just fine as it is so long as you add more enforcement?

Why Test-Driven Accountability Is Grasping at Straws

John Thompson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Bill Gates says that his $5 billion experiment in education has not failed. Gates also claims that he trusts in science. That prompted me to reread the National Academy of Sciences' analysis of the failure of test-driven accountability.

High School Dropouts: A Burden To Themselves, Taxpayers, Economy

Posted 09.24.2011 | Education

Over the next week, NPR's Claudio Sanchez will air a five-part series on the fiscal burden of America's high school dropouts. In an overview of th...

The Right To Read

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

While we may hesitate about declaring that children have the "right" to read, what we cannot dispute is that it is our shared responsibility to create the conditions that enable them to read.

Innovation Starts With Having Autonomy

Brian Crosby | Posted 09.13.2011 | Education
Brian Crosby

Innovation in education is not going to happen in the "top-down" model currently being overly encouraged and even enforced on teachers and schools.

Did Data-Driven Accountability Cause the Atlanta Cheating Scandal?

John Thompson | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education
John Thompson

It is a result of the situational ethics of today's accountability hawks. The end, of helping poor children, is used to justify disgusting means -- the intimidation of adults to the point where some break under the pressure.

The Turtle Gets a Cheat Sheet vs. 21st Century Technology for All

John Thompson | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
John Thompson

One student did zero minutes of coursework and passed British Literature. The student explained the exam had been about, "something British. I just wrote anything."

Research Calls Efficacy Of Education Reforms Into Question

David Bloomfield | Posted 08.26.2011 | Education
David Bloomfield

Two new reports on standards-based accountability and incentive systems should end the current thrust of U.S. education policy.

Educating Beyond Poverty

Tim King | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Tim King

We credit our ability to keep significantly more students than other schools to our engaging and unique positive school culture.

School Reform Is a Dead End, Unless...

James Gee | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education
James Gee

Could it be that all our talk about school reform helps us to ignore issues too divisive and too threatening to our own slim hold on ever decreasing middle-class privilege to really engage with?

School Reform by Making a Headline or by Reading the Book?

Sean Slade | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

School reform has been the flavor of the month for quite a few months now. However, what we have seen has not been discussion or debate about what constitutes sound reform, but rather debate by headline.

California Schools In A State Of Emergency

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

I ask you to think long and hard about what the future of California -- and our nation -- will look like if our public schools go down in flames.

A Graduation Speech to Remember

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Among the reprints of graduation speeches by famous people, I was most taken by this short speech by high school senior Gracie Mungovan which I want to share it here, with her permission.