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The Problem With Teach For America's 'Work Hard, Get Smart' Mantra

Sarah Matsui | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Sarah Matsui

The narrative of 'Work Hard, Get Smart' and 'No Excuses' demands individual hero sacrifice. This kind of oversimplified idealism encouraged dehumanizing behaviors among many TFA corps members and negatively impacted their well-being as people and as teachers.

National Service Chaplains: A Call to Congregations Serving Those Who Serve

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

f young people serving in the military have chaplains, why not have chaplains for those serving in our communities? This is why the Center for Faith and Service has launched the National Service Chaplaincy Initiative.

Make This Thanksgiving Unforgettable for Those You Love

Kare Anderson | Posted 10.13.2015 | Good News
Kare Anderson

Now anyone anywhere can record their story about someone who made a meaningful difference in their life.

Hurricane Evacuations Will Remain Tough for Many Black New Orleanians

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Bullard said it won't be easy for many African Americans to leave or return in the next big storm, whether it's under their own steam or the city's auspices.

The Brutal Reality of the New Orleans Education Experiment

Jamie M. Carroll | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
Jamie M. Carroll

Ten years after Katrina, many claim the changes to New Orleans education are a resounding victory. But at what costs? The disadvantaged schools have achieved these score increases by creating an education force led by advantaged, white outsiders, And I was one of them.

Teach For America Sees Another Big Drop In Accepted Corps Members

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

Teach For America, the controversial education nonprofit that places recent college graduates as teachers in disadvantaged classrooms, saw a decl...

Access, Equity and Education: The ADA at 25

Matt Kramer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Calling Out Teach for America's Myths

T. Jameson Brewer | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
T. Jameson Brewer

While TFA operationalizes and cashes in on promoting the failed school myth all the while in partnership with corps member "success stories," what is needed most are counter-narratives that tell a more honest story about what it means to be a teacher -- and in particular, what it means to have entered teaching by way of TFA.

Ten Signs Your Child Is in a Failing School District

Randy Turner | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

In these days of Common Core State Standards and continuing attacks on public education by billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for legislators, parents need a few guidelines on how to tell if their child is in a failing school district.

Detroit Horse Power: Urban Horsemanship Provides A Proven Tool For Changing Lives

Nancy Kotting | Posted 06.30.2015 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

There are models across the country where horses are brought into urban environments to enhance the lives of those within. They exist legally via ordinance or special use permits, some for recreational purposes such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Math is a Tool to Understand Our World - It Should be Working for All Students

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

In the last national math assessments, just 20 percent of eighth-graders from low-income families were proficient in math appropriate for their grade level.

Education Reformers Are So Gullible

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

The thing voters need to ask themselves is: Who do they believe has the best interests of their child in mind more -- the person who interacts with them every day and is part of their local community, or the corporate CEO 500 miles away who answers to an unelected board and investors?

Joy Resmovits

This School District Is Hiring By The Thousands | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

Technology specialist Sara Boucher teaches about 1,000 students in classes as large as 45 at Steven G. Schorr Elementary School in Clark County, Nevad...

Is Teach for America Beginning to Lose Its Luster?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

A recent article notes that the TFA program is "suddenly having recruitment problems." The article reveals that applications are down 10 percent, yet the demand for recruits from the program "is extremely high," according to the co-chief executive of Teach for America.

What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

Teach Plus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.

Around the World in 30 Days - January 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

I talked with world leaders from India, England, Finland and Europe about their goals to improve education. Each had a distinct project and clear opinions about what was the most important facet of education to focus on.

The Global Search for Education: Education Is My Right -- India

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

It's my pleasure to invite Shaheen Mistri to The Global Search for Education today to tell us more about Teach for India's good work.

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.

More People With Higher SAT Scores Are Going Into Teaching, Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

New York state parents and students rejoice: A new study says the academic ability of new teachers in the state has risen substantially in recent year...

Building Education Hubs in Emerging Markets

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Providing a better education, that connects to the values of entrepreneurship and private sector skills, will be key for this generation -- as the WISE community knows well.

Obama's USDOE: Appointed to Privatize. Period.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The deeper story in what the Obama administration values regarding American education lay in its selection of US Department of Education (USDOE) appointees. Their backgrounds tell the story, and it isn't a good one for the public school student.

Ryan J. Reilly

Meet The Teach For America Official Charged With Bringing Change To Ferguson And Beyond | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Tuesday announced the 16 members of the Ferguson Commission, which was established to address issues o...

Choose Dignity: A Call to Action

Tim'm West | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Tim'm West

When I started teaching, it never occurred to me to NOT be out in the classroom. But the big open secret in education is that many teachers across the country remain closeted, at great peril to themselves and even more so to our students.

Two Percent Is Not Enough

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Two percent. That is the number of teachers in this country who are African-American men. This would be shocking as a stand-alone statistic, but in the context of our nation's student population, it is appalling.