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Test-blind and Rigorous

Jonathan Lash | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Jonathan Lash

Not all good students are good test takers, particularly under stress, and taking a test that can grant you entry or deny you access can certainly be stressful.

The Global Search for Education: Block Building

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The co-founders of BASIS Schools, Michael and Olga Block, aimed to offer the type of education students receive in the top performing education systems around the world; the type of education that would help American students compete in the global economy.

Joe Paterno and the Corporate Contours of University Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.11.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

If you look beyond the salacious headlines it is clear that the Penn State scandal is a symptom of the scourge of big money and corporate culture that have infected the social life of our universities.

Why the PISA Debates Are Misleading -- and Useful

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

If the PISA test results give us the impetus we need to truly prioritize academic education -- in our families, communities, governments, and schools -- then all the hype will be more than worthwhile.

Excellence in Higher Education: A Proud And Meaningless Tradition

Riley Waggaman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Riley Waggaman

In these modern, consumer-savvy times hardly a day goes by without an inquisitive prospective student asking a college tour guide, "The facilities her...

Education in Chicago: Why School Reform Won't Happen

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

The more ideas put forward, the more difficult practical action becomes. The more we "innovate," the more resistant and hardened the problems of removing ignorance become.