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Thirty Years Later: Still At Risk

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The fundamental policy question today is precisely what it was in 1983: If we are outspending the rest of the world on education, why aren't we out-performing the rest of the world?

Everybody Truly Wants to Learn

Tara Subramaniam | Posted 05.01.2013 | Teen
Tara Subramaniam

I saw this video on "The Independent Project" thanks to a shout-out from my old principal, Mr. A. Within minutes of checking out the premise of the project, their website and this video, I was fascinated and frankly, hooked.

Lessons From Pre-K That Work

| Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. By Jackie Ma...

This I Believe

Chris Lehmann | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Chris Lehmann

I believe that the first and most powerful rule in teaching is: Care. Care. Care. Care. Care. And when you don't know what else to do, care more.

Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

Miles Gilburne | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Miles Gilburne

How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.

U.S. Education Deserves the Same Statistical Sophistication as Baseball and Elections

Martin Carnoy | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Martin Carnoy

We're a nation that's coming to respect statistics. Billy Bean convinced us that better statistics could beat bigger payrolls in sports. Nate Silver helped humble Karl Rove's money machine with better statistics. Maybe it's time to take a more careful look at the international test statistics judging how good our nation's schools are.

The Other Deficit

Derick Stace-Naughton | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Derick Stace-Naughton

Are the skills that help determined strivers leap through the highest and most distant hoops the same skills that we need in tomorrow's politicians and CEOs? I'm not so sure.

U.S. Education Is Getting Left Behind

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

The U.S. is now the only country in the industrialised world in which the generation entering the workforce does not have higher college attainment levels than the generation about to leave the workforce.

U.S. Higher Education Must Change To Remain Globally Competitive: Survey

| Jon Marcus | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of HechingerEd blog. Nearly half of all Americans have a dim view of the quality of U.S. higher education, and most...

Buying Underwear and Headphones: Selling Higher Education

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.23.2012 | College
Frank H. Wu

I bought some underwear the other day at Walmart. I felt pretty good about the price. The package of three was a national name, all cotton. It was che...

Paul Peterson: Putting Our Education System Back Together

92nd Street Y | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education
92nd Street Y

Harvard Kennedy School's Paul Peterson recently spoke with us about the challenges facing the U.S. education system. Peterson points to us falling sh...

Taking Stock

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

While institutions, foundations, and the state and federal government fund promising pilots, they must quickly come together with more intentionality to connect the dots, innovating nationally to achieve scalability.

America Is Somehow Getting Smarter

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.06.2012 | College

A record number of young adults ages 25 to 29 have graduated both high school and college in the U.S., a new analysis of census data by the Pew Resear...

The Elephant in the (Class)room

James Rosenberg | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
James Rosenberg

We need the candidates to talk about the crucial role teachers play in shaping not just our children's future, but the future of our nation -- and then we need them to act on it.

U.S. Students Lag, Struggle More Than Foreign Peers To Surpass Parents

Posted 09.11.2012 | Education

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Education at a Glance report has found that while the U.S. boasts high education at...

Feds: Poverty 'Poses A Serious Challenge' To American Education

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.28.2012 | Education

New information from the federal government is the latest to show tremendous gaps in college attainment between socioeconomic and ethnic groups. A ...

The Real Reason America's Schools Stink

Businessweek | Charles Kenny | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

Over the next few weeks, millions of American schoolchildren will return to the classroom from summer vacation, and not a moment too soon. Compared to...

The Olympic Games and Florida Education

Nikki Lowrey | Posted 10.10.2012 | Miami
Nikki Lowrey

As someone with a passion for education policy, I also wish our country showed a little more enthusiasm when it came to our academic standing in the world.

Education Olympics: How Does America Rank Compared To Other Countries? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

A report out last week by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance found that U.S. students aren't progressing to catch up to t...

D.C. Public Schools Grossly Under-Reports Spending

Michael McShane | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Michael McShane

The DC public school system has made several significant positive strides in recent years. But until it gets its spending under control, all of these positive developments are going to get lost in its perception as a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy.

Infographic Highlights America's Low Graduation Rate, Unemployment Problems

Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

An infographic released by Civitas Learning -- a recently-launched company that uses data analytics to improve academic outcomes in higher education -...

Finding Value in the Business of Schools

Paula White | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education
Paula White

The idea of education as a business tends to conjure up images of schools where there is little regard for workplace quality or for joyous endeavors. But the fact is, successful schools, like many successful businesses, can be client-driven, adhering to the adage that the customer comes first.

Good Enough Does Not Lead to Greatness

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Dr. David Svaldi

Too often, we fail to strive for excellence or greatness because we believe it is not probable, so why try? Or, we accept the status quo, even if it is mediocre or sub par. "Good enough" will not be adequate to solve the huge number of issues facing our nation.

Funny Video Reveals American Teens Lack Basic Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education

If there was ever a movie to make you laugh to keep from crying, it's this one. Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble m...

U.S. Schools Have a Poverty Crisis, Not an Education Crisis

Michael Rebell | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Michael Rebell

Childhood poverty has a profound impact on learning. Achievement gaps for disadvantaged children begin before they start school and widen throughout their school careers. But research shows that change is possible.