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Measuring Creativity In Massachusetts

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Massachusetts is the first state to try to figure out how to teach creativity and how to measure it in our schools -- to better prepare our kids for the creative age.

Fight for NYC Schools Is Just Beginning

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

New York City schools do not need a world-class manager. They need a fighter who will stand up to Bloomberg, Steiner, and Cuomo and demand funding for our schools rather than administer budget cuts.

House To Vote On Bill To Improve School Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children. Republicans used a proced...

Education Reform: My Complex Relationship with Simplicity

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Education status quo defenders routinely call school choice "simplistic," and they mean it in the bad way.

The Appointment of Cathleen Black and the Trouble with Corporate Schooling

Gary Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Anderson

The corporate community and most venture philanthropists, persist in thinking schools should be run like businesses. This time around though, instead of the factory model school, they have bequeathed us the latest business fads.

Students Need Things We Don't Teach

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jenifer Fox

The best way to guide students toward finding meaningful work is to develop their strengths and to help them understand how they learn.

Debunking the Fairy Tale of School Reform

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Recently, I attempted to unpack the media-augmented narrative -- and national hot button issue du jour -- of public education reform within the context of a fairy tale.

State Ed Should Investigate NYC Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Not only is Klein jumping ship, but he is going to work for the enemy. His new job will be as an executive vice president for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Glitter Falling off Mayoral Control of Schools in Chicago

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

With Chicago's schools in a state of leaderless limbo, the problems of having a single autocrat running big-city school systems have become obvious to all.

Rally for Sanity in Education?

Carolyn Foote | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Carolyn Foote

Ultimately when we don't have reasonable dialogue, we do a disservice to our nation's children, because in the end failed understandings lead to failing solutions.

Teachers Taking Charge Of School Administration

The New York Times | WINNIE HU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Newark teachers are part of a growing experiment around the country to allow teachers to step up from the classroom and lead efforts to turn aroun...

Retire the Slogan of 'The Same Students in the Same Building'

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

"Reformers" do not seem to understand how hurtful it is to teachers when they repeat the false soundbite about schools that kept "the same students in the same building."

The Fairy Tale of School Reform

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Instead, the school reform debate screeches to its ignoble crescendo. For the most part, the American public has jumped onboard for yet another ride on the self-righteous victimhood express.

Operation Discourage Bright People from Wanting to Teach

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

While there's no official name for the dual strategy of micromanaging teachers and trying to root out the bad ones, it might as well be called 'Operation Discourage Bright People from Wanting to Teach'.

Students Know What Makes a Good School (VIDEO)

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jenifer Fox

Students at Urban love their school, take pride in their education and want to succeed. The model at Urban can be replicated without pouring millions and millions of dollars into a fancy new environment.

Why Should she Work for you?

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Why should a young teacher work for you? After you remove all joy, creativity, freedom and individuality from education, who will teach your child?

Of Civil Wars and Forgotten Words

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Gottlieb

I met a couple of friends for a drink last week. They had been feuding online and I thought our own little beer summit might calm the waters.

Strengthening Our Schools: A Legislative Framework to Remove Poverty-Related Barriers to Learning

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Laracy

We all know that a quality education is our best tool in the fight against poverty. But it's up to all of us to ensure that tool is as effective it can be.

Volunteers Help Fill Voids In Philly Public Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Hundreds of volunteers across Philadelphia have stepped up to help students in the city of brotherly love make the grade this school year, reports the...

Technology In Schools: Weighing The Pros And Cons

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As Google, Verizon, Microsoft and the Department of Education pour millions into providing schools across the nation with technology's newest gadgets ...

The Cult of Personality

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jenifer Fox

Instead of provoking a positive re-thinking about what we expect from all teachers, highlighted by examples of excellence, Rhee's cult of personality appeared as a dictatorial head hunting spree.

Louder Than a Bomb

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

The stars of Louder Than A Bombare a diverse mix of students, teachers and parents, acting powerfully as agents of their own teaching and learning through the power of hip-hop and spoken word.

Supermarkets, Not Superman

Diann Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Diann Woodard

The real needs of children in our public schools continue to go begging. Superman is not going to save the day for students -- especially inner city kids.

How to Sell Conservatism: Lesson 1 -- Pretend You're a Reformer

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Traditionalists -- educational or otherwise -- know that it's politically advantageous to position themselves as being outside the establishment.

The Socialization Question

Michael Horn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Horn

A question I am asked frequently about online learning is: "Schools aren't just responsible for learning. They are responsible for doing a socialization job. Won't online learning hurt that?"