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A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

The Misleading Argument That Blames Teacher Tenure

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

In short, if you're a tenured teacher, you are an impediment to Excellence. The only way you can help children is by getting rid of your tenure, standing up straight and walking to Arne Duncan in Washington DC and saying, "Please sir, I want to be fired for any reason."

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West -- A School in Beijing

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

As for the skills that the Chinese higher education system is looking for, that is a topic that is currently under public discourse due to recent policy changes.

Meet Me Back in Kindergarten: Why Kindergarten Shouldn't Be About Tests

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Rainesford Alexandra

Gone are the days of snack time and learning to share toys with your neighbor, or learning through trial and error how to be kind. Kindergartners are no longer little humans on the cusp of their Big Adventure and learning how life works.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

Inauthentic Reading Assessment

Peter Greene | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The type of reading we demand students do on reading tests is a type of reading that isn't done anywhere except on reading tests. Well, and of course now, also, in all the classrooms that are trying to get students ready for these inauthentic reading tests.

The Global Search for Education: Girls and Science

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Learning both art and science - both coding and designing - is needed. You need to position yourself so that when the world changes, you're ready f...

The Two Words That Make Every Student Cringe

Claire Klodell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Teen
Claire Klodell

Standardized testing. Two words. Five syllables. Every single teenager is aware of its infamous reputation. Whether it be the SAT, ACT, OAA (in Ohio) or another assortment of random capitalized letters, these tests are dreadful.

Welcome to Common Core Hospital

Peter Greene | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Nurse Duncan: Welcome to Common Core Hospital. How may I assist you? Chris: My name's Chris Wobble. I was just in a car accident. My arms seems to be broken in about three places.

The Tea Party and the Common Core: Right Answer, Wrong Reason

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Victor Dorff

Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.

Rigorized Reading for Eight Year Olds

Peter Greene | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

One of the most odious policies to emerge from the Reformster swamp is the mandatory retention of all third graders who don't pass the Big Test in reading.

Crossing the Line: How the Academic Rat Race Is Making Our Kids Sick

Vicki Abeles | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

We are raising a generation of chronically sleep-deprived, anxious, caffeine-addled kids who believe that grades, rankings, AP and SAT scores, and -- of course -- college admissions are the ultimate measure of their worth.

The Death of Creativity in the Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

The more importance that is placed on standardized tests, the more teaching to the test we will see, including the administering of entire series of practice tests. We will see an increase in scripted, cookie-cutter lesson plans because when administrators' jobs are on the line.

Common Core -- Curriculum or Not?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core is not a national curriculum, because it is not a curriculum at all. It is only a set of standards, and that's completely different from the scope and sequence of curriculum planning. But like that terrible Match.com date you went on, the standards/curriculum distinction only looks good on paper.

Is Teacher 'Appreciation' Enough?

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

What do we mean by "appreciation" when we talk about our nation's teachers? How do we appreciate those who give so much of themselves while constantly hearing the fabricated refrain of public school failure?

A Teacher's Words to Louis C.K.

TNTP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

I'm not out to criticize Louis C.K. or to throw fuel on the firefights over Common Core. But from the perspective of this particular third grade teacher, I respectfully disagree with him. Let me tell you why.

Joy Resmovits

American Students Perform Worse As They Reach Higher Grades

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

High school test scores released by the federal government Wednesday provide fresh evidence of a troubling theme in American education: Students seem ...

Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

When America stares into the mirror of education, we see our societal self staring right back. So I was particularly disturbed by a story about a kindergarten show in New York that was canceled so that the students could continue to work towards becoming "college and career ready."

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Why We Chose to Opt Out

Jason Endacott | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

Federal laws clearly give us the right as parents to guide the education of our children. While the Secretary of Education has recently pushed for changes to those laws in order to give corporations as much access to your child's data as any teacher or administrator has, he hasn't been able to take away our right to decide what's best for our child. Not yet anyway.

Joy Resmovits

Will The New SAT Be A) Shorter B) Harder C) Less Literary D) All Of The Above?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

The College Board on Wednesday released blueprints for a redesigned SAT test, giving an early first look at what's in store for many students with col...

Don't Squander Teachers' Support for Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Until now, teachers have helped protect Common Core State Standards against those who want to bury them. Yet if teachers don't get more support for te...

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

How My Third-Grade Daughter Feels About Standardized Tests

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

As long as my daughter is in school in a town and state and nation where this is the law, I suppose she'll have to comply. But we're never going to pretend that we think this is a valuable tool.

Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This week begins the make-or-break, do-or-die standardized testing that will label your child a success or a failure. I urge you not to let your child take the state test. Opt out.