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Why Obama Is Losing the Battle Against Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
John Thompson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?

What's Wrong with Teaching to the Test? (Part 2)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

What I do know is that everyone is focused on the tests. Insofar as those tests are assessing critical academic and life skills, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but judging a student, a teacher or a school by those scores is not getting us where we need to be.

What's Wrong With Teaching to the Test? (Part 1)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Now I don't claim to be smart enough to understand the whole testing debate, but from a classroom teacher's perspective, it seems like everyone ought to relax and start with the things reasonable people can agree on:

The Win-Lose-Win School of Reform

John Thompson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
John Thompson

By now, social science shows how and why the win-lose approach of test-driven "reform" has failed. Now, we must document the costs of these political wins for corporate "reformers."

Celebrating 10 Years of Working Hard and Being Nice

Jennifer Davis | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Jennifer Davis

Attending the KIPP 10th Annual School Summit last week gave me the chance to reflect on my early work with KIPP, its intersection with my organization, the National Center on Time & Learning, and what the future holds for both.

'Going Stealth': A Complicated and Dynamic Family Decision

Wayne Maines | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Wayne Maines

It was a very difficult time in so many ways. Imagine a brother and sister keeping this vital secret at such a young age. Every day we worried that someone might find out and we would have to move again.

Make Me Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools

Dan Ross | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Dan Ross

If my experience alone doesn't impress you, then I present to you my Eleven Point Plan to transform the nation's 18th largest education system into the finest in the land. (That's right. My plan goes to eleven.)

Teacher Union Boss Bends To School Reform Winds

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education

By James B. Kelleher DETROIT, July 31 (Reuters) - In the maelstrom of criticism surrounding America's unionized public teachers, the w...

Public Education: A More Holistic Approach

Dan Cardinali | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

With 22 % of the nation's children now living in poverty and a persistently high unemployment rate, public education must reframe how it educates students to realize its purpose.

Standardization Will Destroy Our Education System, If It Hasn't Already

Eric Sheninger | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Do we want schools to squash creativity and reinforce a model that worked well in the 20th century but will not prepare our students for their future?

Until Schools Are No Longer Separate, We Must Strive for Equal

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

I wish my students experienced more cultural diversity. I wish my students interacted with peers of different socio-economic status. But that is not the case where communities in our country remain defined by race and class.

Let's Build Schools Worthy of American Democracy

John Thompson | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
John Thompson

To build an education system for the 21st century, we must get back to our roots and visualize schools that are worthy of American democracy.

Listen to the Teacher

Kurt Wootton | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Kurt Wootton

In reaching for solutions to our education problems, we have silenced the voices of those who matter most. We are seeing across the United States -- and in many countries around the world -- the disenfranchisement of our teachers.

Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, But States Still Slow To Implement Reforms

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed promise to assist education, but some of its results have yet to be realized. While education sti...

Debate Over Year-Round Versus Traditional Schools

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- By the time summer's over, many families can't wait for school to start. Working parents have struggled to find camps or babysitting, kids...

New Orleans Teachers Get Justice, but Schools in Jeopardy

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

In moving toward privatization and free-market ideology, the New Orleans school system has become in many ways much less accountable and less democratic.

Private Consultants Shape Public Schools Transformation, Shaving $50 Million

| Benjamin Herold | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of a partnership between the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks The Boston Consulting Group has...

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Immigration Reform Is Education Reform

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

I lie whenever I stand in front of my seventh graders, and say: "Work hard and you can go to college anywhere you want and be anything you want to be." The truth is that their education, their career, their life will be influenced by immigration status.

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

Two Cheers for the GERM Theory of School "Reform"

John Thompson | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Just as healthy schools that value diversity are the antidote to GERM, a healthy, cooperative reform movement that respects the diversity of policy positions is the antidote for the destructive virus known as teach-to-the-test.

Requiem for a Success Story

Brock Cohen | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Brock Cohen

I'm sorry for Alaina and for all the extraordinary teachers throughout California who have been unceremoniously dispatched -- and to the multitudes of students whose education will suffer for it.

Teachers Will Run Community's 6th Turnaround School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's turning one of its low-performing schools over to its teachers and the teache...

National Report: School Funding Practices Largely Unfair Across States

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education

A Tennessee student receives less than 40 percent of the funding received by a similar student in Wyoming, according to a new report that assesses the...

Schools Should Rethink Bigger Classes In Early Grades: Study

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.15.2012 | Education

Small class sizes are crucial for learning at the younger grades, but may be less important as children mature, according to a new study. The repo...