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Education's Trojan Horse

Julie Cavanagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Cavanagh

Edu-philanthropists cloak themselves in the slogan of reform; they have gained access to our public education system with their wealth. They seek to dismantle our public education system from the inside.

Gates and Weingarten Together On Fixing The Nation's Schools

Newsweek | Daniel LyonsDecember 20, 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Can the billionaire philanthropist and the president of the American Federation of Teachers find common ground--and fix our nation's education system?...

Student-Written Play About Education Reform BANNED

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Fourteen students from two New York City schools -- Jamaica High and Queens Collegiate -- wrote an impressive play about school reform under Superinte...

It's Time to Debate Teacher Tenure

John Merrow | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
John Merrow

What's the right course of action? Get rid of tenure while maintaining due process protections? Make it more difficult to achieve? Or perhaps have term contracts for five or ten years at a clip?

Gates Foundation Minimizing Great Tools For Helping Teachers Improve Their Craft

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

I don't support the present effort by the Gates Foundation that's spending millions of dollars using student scores on standardized tests as the measure used to evaluate teachers.

Becoming a Nation of School Leaders

Lisa Belzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Belzberg

A 2004 study on school performance couldn't find a single documented case where troubled schools were turned around without the intervention of a powerful leader.

Students Protest: 'It's Not Teachers' Fault' School Is Failing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Fifty Rhode Island high school students walked out in protest earlier this week -- to demand the administration include their voices in the effort to ...

Superman As A Public School Teacher

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Superman's voice is barely audible above the din. The most omnipotent superhero in the universe is rapidly losing control of his class.

School Reform's Greatest Challenge: Leadership

Steffen Thybo Moller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steffen Thybo Moller

Instead of waiting for superman and playing the usual blaming games, true education reformers should begin by improving public school leadership.

Accountability Starts at the Top

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

DPS has rigorously followed a transformation strategy of throwing stuff on the wall to see what sticks, and almost nothing has stuck. So now it is time to start afresh.

What Do School Reform Technocrats and Failed Urban Renewal Schemes Have in Common?

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

Many school reform technocrats seem to echo the call of urban renewal advocates who years ago searched for easy answers by "wiping the slate clean" and "starting over."

Making the Case for a New Direction on Teacher Evaluation

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

What is presently being pawned off as a reform of teacher evaluation has little grounding in education research and makes for bad policy.

Lucia Graves

House Education Chair: U.S. School System Is 'Failing Our Country' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. students ranked "average" in an international education assessment released on Tuesday, but House Education and Labor Chairman Geor...

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."