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Teacher Quality

In Praise of Ordinary Teachers

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Terry Curtis Fox

The crisis in American education is really about how to find and retain and nourish ordinary teachers. They are the ones who do most of the work, have the greatest influence, and are under the greatest stress.

Maybe it's Time to Ask the Teachers?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

We have never heard more policy rhetoric about developing, recruiting and retaining strong teachers. Ironically, our policies have also never done more to ensure that good teachers have little incentive to serve and stay in those schools.

Improving the Conditions for Teaching and Learning

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

When there are distractions in the classroom and in children's lives, teachers have a harder time doing their job. That's not an excuse, that's reality.

Death by Algorithm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

If the school reformers truly believe that teachers are the key to the success of children --- and I agree, they certainly are one of the keys --- then the reformers must reconsider the mindless application of the deadly algorithm.

VAMs: Building a New Social Order

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

It is now guaranteed that any child in a public school whose teacher is evaluated with VAMs will receive a bare bones curriculum, focused only on isolated skills.

Ending Bad Teaching: Releasing Teachers' Test Scores Is a Red Herring

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.27.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

During my six years of teaching middle school in a major urban school system, I never worked with a consistent team of teachers that provided high quality instruction all year long.

Substitute Shouldn't Mean Substandard

Adora Svitak | Posted 04.26.2012 | Education
Adora Svitak

We need to reward the "thankless job" of substitute teaching with better pay and chances for permanent positions. I look forward to the day when no student comes home saying, "I didn't learn much today... we had a sub."

Heeding the Evidence on Teacher Quality

John Thompson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had had any idea what the latest Gates Foundation project would find, would he have gambled so heavily on test-driven policies in Race to the Top and his other "teacher quality" reforms?

On Reproductive Rights and the Over-Regulation of Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

I've made a few comparisons between other occupations and teaching to highlight some of the ridiculous rules and regulations imposed on educators as a...

Let Teachers Teach

Larry Strauss | Posted 03.16.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

Anyone who ever finds him or herself asking teachers to do anything other than teach students ought to do so with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Leading the Profession

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The status quo in public education isn't working. Not for students -- and not for educators. Now, more than ever, our schools need a highly skilled and effective teaching force to guide students in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Do Teachers Really Come From the "Bottom Third" of College Graduates?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Despite the ubiquity of the "bottom third" and similar arguments (which are sometimes phrased as massive generalizations, with no reference to actual proportions), it's unclear how many of those who offer them know what specifically they refer to.

The Year in Research on Market-based Education Reform: 2011 Edition

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

If 2010 was the year of the bombshell in research in the three "major areas" of market-based education reform -- charter schools, performance pay, and value-added in evaluations -- 2011 was the year of the slow, sustained march.

The NEA's 'New Professionalism'

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

An NEA commission report released last Thursday appears to depart from union positions on seniority; tenure; performance pay; student achievement as a factor in evaluations; and the role of teachers in evaluating their colleagues.

Teacher Evaluations Key To Chances For No Child Left Behind Waivers

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education

Where their teacher-quality proposals are concerned, the fates of the 11 states that have bid for waivers of core principles of the No Child Left Behi...

Where do teachers come from?

John Merrow | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Our teachers come from an elite group -- college graduates -- to begin with. Where they rank within this elite is the issue, and it's simply unfair to suggest that a large group of people in the top third is somehow fundamentally flawed.

Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Although the argument that "teacher quality" has declined substantially is sometimes taken for granted, its empirical backing is actually quite thin, and not as clear-cut as some might believe.

Joy Resmovits

Teach For America Gives Detroit A Second Try

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.17.2011 | Detroit

When Brenda Belcher, principal of the new Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, interviewed Mo Torres this past summer for a position t...

Why Can't School "Reformers" Listen to Education Experts?

John Thompson | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

This week's debate between Eric Hanushek and Diane Ravitch exemplifies the tendency of true believers in data-driven policies to refuse to communicate with educators.

The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.01.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If you thought you knew everything about the remarkable transformation of Finland's schools from mediocre to one of the top performing school systems in the world, think again.

Joy Resmovits

Education Law Passage Contingent On Outside Political Forces

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education

Though getting a sweeping federal education bill out of a Senate committee feels momentous given Congress's heightened partisan atmosphere, Senators T...

Disruptive Schooling

Nancy Pine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

We envy the academic achievement level in China. There are many reasons for their achievement. But one is that instructional time is respected. The teachers teach -- uninterrupted. Not a second is lost.

Don't Let Congress Turn Back the Clock on Teacher Quality

John Affeldt | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's hope Congress corrects the mistake it made last year and finally fulfills the promise to provide all students with qualified and effective teachers. Our future depends on it.

Honoring Teachers -- Again?

John Merrow | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Would you believe that tomorrow we are expected to put aside our own important work and honor teachers? That's right, we're supposed to drop everything and pay homage to those lazy, overpaid, 'we've-got-tenure-and-you-don't' incompetents.

The Global Search for Education: More from Canada

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.27.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The U.S. cannot improve its education system for all or even most children by keeping its present focus on charter schools, more testing, teacher evaluation and union bashing. None of those feature in the best-performing countries.