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Attacking the Teaching Profession

David Macaray | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
David Macaray

By now, thankfully, most people have come to realize that the so-called "reform movement," nominally dedicated to improving America's public schools, is as bogus, misleading, and greed-driven as those tricked-out, bundled-up, sub-prime mortgages that almost sank Wall Street.

School groups question proposals for armed security

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan FerrissThe Center for Public IntegrityAs the White House considers proposals to allocate federal money for armed guards in schools, promine...

How Long Can the Bubble-in Mania Last?

John Thompson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Why are our technological miracles being devoted to command and control, as opposed to liberating children's minds? As long as we are obsessed with primitive standardized test "outcomes," technology will primarily be used as a weapon.

Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom

Elizabeth English | Posted 03.06.2013 | Education
Elizabeth English

Educational leaders have to have the courage to reinvent our schools for real this time. And our teachers must be teachers of children as well as teachers of their subject area.

Real Reform at Last

Chas Roemer | Posted 03.06.2013 | Education
Chas Roemer

I don't believe taxpayers pay taxes to subsidize a failing government school system. What they want is quality education provided to every child. No judge or elected official should be party to any effort that would allow a single child to drown in mediocrity just because his or her family is poor.

More Educational Choice Needed in 2013

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Why is it that after years and years of trying, we can't get education right in this country? The answer can possibly be found in the famous Einstein quote about the definition of insanity which is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

A Possible Compromise on Test-Driven Accountability

John Thompson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Education
John Thompson

My initial reaction to that sort of suggestion has always been consistent; it is a bad idea to do unto principals or other evaluators what we wouldn't want done to us. But, if some key principles were nailed down, I could see this as a major breakthrough.

Ask Dr. Lynch: What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Year Round Schools?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The major drawback is the assumed detriment to family structure. This concern is not to be dismissed, as it is important to children's development to spend quality time with their families.

A Parental Dilemma: Should Children Miss School For Extended Holidays And Vacations?

Jonathan T. Hoffman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Jonathan T. Hoffman

Non-traditional travel calls into question whether it is appropriate or acceptable for children to miss school to accommodate travel that can otherwise be undertaken at a time when children are on a break from school.

Rethink School Choice

Kevin Welner | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Kevin Welner

Must teachers at cyberschools or charter schools be fully trained and certified? Should any constraints be placed on the choice decisions of parents and schools in order to avoid segregation and stratification by wealth, race, special needs, or other attributes?

An Argument For Teacher Tenure

Randy Turner | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Randy Turner

One of the enduring myths propagated by the so-called reformers is that there are thousands of bad teachers in this country who can't be fired because they have been given tenure and their jobs are being protected at the expense of brilliant young teachers who could have saved education.

The Time Is Now

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

We have been talking about the need to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist. The truth is that we are now 12 years into the 21st century. It is time to quit talking and to take action.

Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Nick Rabkin

The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.

Give Them More Time, and a Home Away From Home

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The argument I'm making is more basic: simply having more time in the school building can protect students from whatever is waiting beyond school walls.

Louisiana Voucher Students Don't Need to Be Kicked Off School Choice Lifeboat

Robert Enlow | Posted 02.02.2013 | Education
Robert Enlow

If you follow the logic of America's teachers unions -- and particularly those in Louisiana -- it's better for all children to get a lousy education than for some to get the chance to escape to a better school using a voucher.

No Middle Ground: Fighting Gay Censorship at School

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

If you thought the war on school neutrality policies were finished, you were wrong. A school district in Michigan launched a new salvo at the gay community right before Thanksgiving, suspending a teacher for embracing diversity.

Newark's School Turnaround Strategy Changes Course

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. She thought of herself as an ordinary mother of four, one who did what she could to advoca...

A Real Recipe for Improving Schools

Harriet Sanford | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Harriet Sanford

Research tells us that it's rarely one thing that turns around a troubled school. Instead, it's a series of consistent efforts focused on teaching and learning over time that is the key to improving outcomes for all students.

Why the School Turnaround Experiment Is Failing

John Thompson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
John Thompson

For the last 20 years, however, non-educators have rolled the dice in the quest for "transformative change." They have tried to blow up "the status quo" in the faith that something better would naturally emerge.

The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2012

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

Here is my annual humble attempt to identify the best and the worst education news that occurred during the past 12 months.

Making Neighborhood Schools Better: Hard Work, Not Magic

Jack Jennings | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Our job is to help regular schools, which educate the vast majority of American students, become better. Public education is for all, not for the selective few.

Minneapolis School Election Victories Backed By National Money

Star Tribune | Steve Brandt | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education

The campaign that put Josh Reimnitz on the Minneapolis school board this fall may go down as the one that brought money from national school-reform ad...

It's Broken (Not Broke); Fix It

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Larry Strauss

The people who run failing schools act as if they have a data problem -- not an education problem -- and it is the data problem they set out to repair. The system has disregarded -- or forgotten -- its purpose.

Will Conservative 'Reformers' Now Turn on Their Liberal Allies?

John Thompson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Now that the president was reelected, with unions playing a vital role as team players, and with the defeats of the most extreme "reformers" in Indiana, Idaho, South Dakota, and elsewhere, the tone of Fordham Institute's conservatives is different.

Investing in Russia, Issues with Education

Elena Ulansky | Posted 01.05.2013 | Business
Elena Ulansky

Any action plan for reforming Russia should include a full blown educational reform that would reshape the priorities of the teachers, and hence improve the outcome on the student side.