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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.

Shortcuts, School Reform and Private Foundations

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

The root of the word "foundation" means "discovered." It would be nice if foundations learned that their job was to discover solutions instead of trying to invent and push their agenda on the rest of us.

(SATIRE) L.A. Private Schools Endure Third Annual 'LAUSD-For-An-Hour Day'

Brock Cohen | Posted 07.31.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Private schools throughout Los Angeles suspended their normal schedule for what has become one of the most significant and controversial dates on the calendar: LAUSD-For-An-Hour Day.

Shrinking Budgets Demand Smarter Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.21.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In the midst of Duncan's "New Normal," community schools make more sense than ever.

Don't Know Much About -- History, Geography, or Civics

Alan Singer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

In recent weeks, ignorance of United States history and the functioning of the U.S. government made the front pages again.

The Missing Link in School Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education
Diann Woodard

It's time to open up the debate about school reform to the people who will be responsible for the delivery of the promised results

How The 1970s Small-Schools Movement Has Stayed Alive

Mike Klonsky | Posted 07.11.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Deborah Meier is considered the founder of the modern small-schools movement. She founded the Central Park East Schools, the first of the teacher-led small schools, in East Harlem in 1974.

Mold, Cancer, Viruses and... Walmart?

Kevin Welner | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

In the end, I fear that students will indeed continue to be losers as our public schools are turned over to private corporations.

Chris Christie Says Obama Is 'Great Ally' On Education Reform

Posted 06.20.2011 | Education

By Dave Warner New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday declared himself an ally of President Obama and his administration on educ...

A Backlash Against Education Reform Would Throw Out Good Ideas Along With Bad Ones

Richard Whitmire | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The school reform movement -- roughly defined as those who believe that schools alone can make a dent in the problems arising from the confluence of race and poverty -- is headed into a major beat down.

Add Trash to the Curriculum?

John Merrow | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Here's what I envision: Working in teams, middle school kids could use a phone to "map" their neighborhood intersections with photos that answer one question: is there a trash can on the corner?

Alex Wagner

What Does Cathie Black's Departure Mean for Education Reformers? | Alex Wagner | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education

Thursday's ouster of New York City schools chief Cathie Black prompted a fair share of grimaces inside City Hall and served as vindication for skeptic...

The Time Is Right to End "Zero Tolerance" in Schools

Gara LaMarche | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Gara LaMarche

It is too early to know whether the current wave of school reforms will lead to lasting improvements in student achievement. But it is not too early to note that many of these reforms have a troubling consequence.

Common Core Curriculum -- Who's on Board? Who's Not?

Mike Klonsky | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

A diverse group has coalesced around the idea that there is or ought to be a common culture, expressed through the school curriculum, tying together the country's education system.

Why Michelle Rhee Remains At The Core of the Controversies

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Until Rhee's opponents can effectively paint her as a cheat/fraud/failure, it is likely we will see more governors and Republican-controlled legislatures unleash Rhee-style reforms.

Take Action for Safer Schools

Ari Solomon | Posted 05.30.2011 | Education
Ari Solomon

On March 8, Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), S. 506.

The Education Reformers' End Game

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

In short, how do you finance and maintain a bureaucracy that actually has to deal with the nuts and bolts of educating hundreds of thousands of kids when everyone is on their own?

"Waiting for Superman" Doesn't Have Any Magic Bullets

Franklin Schargel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Franklin Schargel

There isn't any argument that education in America needs to be improved. Politicians on all sides of the spectrum agree. The discussion is not about whether it should happen but how it should happen.

Why Not Empower Parents with the Dollars to Reform Education?

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

If parents wanted to put together learning co-ops they could pool their money to do that. Parents and their children, rather than the government, would determine what was best for each family.

School Bullying: What You Haven't Heard

Rosalind Wiseman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rosalind Wiseman

As educators on this issue, we owe it to the families we work with to give them our best. We have to look at our standard protocols ask ourselves: Do we give people effective information?

The Education of David Brooks

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

If he continues down the path charted in The Social Animal, we might get to see David Brooks join Diane Ravitch on the front lines of Wisconsin.