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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.

Second City No More

Andrew Broy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrew Broy

Issues as diverse as a daunting budget deficit and a stringent collective bargaining agreement might conspire to block serious-minded school reform.

Moving Forward or Chasing Our Own Tail?

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Shouldn't we be more geared toward discovering what we want our education system to do in the broadest sense than myopically focused on where we rank?

Time for Obama to Become Our Teacher-in-Chief

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We need to have a deeper reflective conversation about what powerful learning and teaching actually look like so that we can start to realign our system

Education Reformers Can't Dodge Race Issues

Richard Whitmire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

In Washington D.C. schools there is one topic that rarely gets raised, especially among white school reformers: race. Just too uncomfortable.

I Want an Uncommon Curriculum

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

It's interesting that the AFT is pushing a core curriculum. Apparently they want more than common standards; their recent release called for a "rich,...

The Night the Lights Went Out on Friday

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In two years or less my school district will not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and this in turn will begin the process that honest school reformers want -- the closing of my community's public-school system.

WATCH LIVE: Obama, Jeb Bush Talk Education Reform At Miami School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

President Obama and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will come together at Miami Central High School today to speak about education. The pair is expe...

Who Elected Bill Gates?

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Who elected Bill Gates and gave him control of a national treasure, our public schools? Would someone please suggest that he return to the corporate world?

5 Questions for an Exceptional Principal

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

People want school improvement to come from a simple fix. With variables as complex as society itself, there will be no simple solutions for all schools and all kids.

Signs of Progress or Just More Spin?

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

For the academic school year 2009/2010, Denver Public Schools achieved a graduation rate of 51.8%, up by approximately 5% from the year before. Of co...

Why Politicians Need to Spend More Time in Classrooms

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

"You can see a lot in three minutes," an assistant principal once told me. Maybe. But you can miss a lot, too.

Progress in New York City Schools Under Chancellor Joel Klein

Whitney Tilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Whitney Tilson

Along with Michelle Rhee, former New York City Chancellor Joel Klein is the best known of a new wave of reformers tackling one of our nation's most intractable problems.

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

Ed Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ed Schmidt

Whether it's with a coat of paint or a cloud of dust, this season we will say goodbye to a number of our school buildings.