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Out of the Frying Pan

Jerry Waxman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Jerry Waxman

Florida was the incubator for what passes as school reform today. Jeb Bush, through his foundations, pushed school vouchers, charter schools, rigid testing and the word school choice, which is code for segregation.

Common Core Memorandum of Understanding Not Just for 'Development'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In canceling the Common Core State Standards MOU, Jindal canceled adherence to the CCSS process as a whole. But there is more to the CCSS MOU that Jindal canceled.

Not So "Common Core": The Reforming of Educational Reform

Frank Islam | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Frank Islam

From 2009 to 2013, there was a rush to develop, embrace and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education. Since then, there ha...

Inauthentic Reading Assessment

Peter Greene | Posted 06.23.2014 | 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 Common Core: Disabling Compassion

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

What would James Baldwin, one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, have to say about the Common Core expectation that a high school senior's reading diet be 70 percent non-fiction text?

Education Reform: A National Delusion

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.19.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.

Joseph Erbentraut

Bobby Jindal Announces Huge Common Core Shift In Louisiana | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

On the heels of saying he would not be "bullied by the federal government" any longer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced Wednesday that he pla...

A Common Core of Corporate Profit

Diann Woodard | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

Ironically, when advocates of this system of "profit education" talk about the growing poverty that exists in schools and the need to be able to provide for the well being of the total child, poverty is obfuscated by an insistent claim that it is an excuse, not a cause of poor performance.

Parents Hold the Key to Success for Common Core State Standards

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.17.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

By Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR It's the time of year that millions of students look forward to: donning caps and gowns and wal...

5 Reasons Common Core Isn't Working

Alyssa Lyons | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Alyssa Lyons

Standards are great. We need to have benchmarks for students to promote educational success. But standards work even better when educators are able to gauge the needs of students and determine the best measures to assess their performance.

In Defense of Teaching Poetry

Stephen Chiger | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Stephen Chiger

If children tell you that they do not like poetry, the first question you should ask is whether they have ever been taught how to read it.

Home-Schooling Parents Rally Against Common Core

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home-schooling mom Jenni White gave some of the loudest cheers when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation to repeal the Com...

The No. 1 Fear and 3 Mistakes Every Educator Must Avoid

Olympia LePoint | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Olympia LePoint

"You are messy." "You are wrong." "You are bad." These are common statements made by teachers and parents. What is wrong with these words? The answer may shock you.

One Thing Is Certain: Duncan Must Be Dumped

John Thompson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I want teachers and unions to work with the Gates Foundation on a moratorium, as they engage with states and the federal government to mitigate the extreme damage done by high-stakes testing. But, Duncan became one notch too brazen when he endorsed Vergara.

Latinos and the 2014 Elections: Five Reasons to Vote in November

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.11.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

This November, Americans will choose governors in 36 states, elect the entire U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate, select a great majority of their state legislators, and decide who will represent them in hundreds of local elections.

Why Pearson Tests Our Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

For all its claims about efficacy, Pearson is not a very efficient company. For all its claims about valuing education, the only thing Pearson appears to value is profit.

Let a Citizen Watchdog Do His Job: Keep Architect Stuart Magruder on the Bond Oversight Committee

Cynthia Liu | Posted 06.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Cynthia Liu

For over a year in Los Angeles Unified, parents, students, teachers, and community members have wrestled with the details of Superintendent John Deasy's 1:1 iPad program and its $1 billion price tag.

Oklahoma May Be First to Really Dump Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Governor Mary Fallin is restoring some order. And wonder of all wonders, State Superintendent Janet Baresi appears to be following along.

Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates' Coup

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and -- working closely with the U.S. Department of Education -- impose new and untested academic standards on the nation's public schools is a national scandal. A Congressional investigation is warranted.

Can Research Identify a School That's Working?

Peter Greene | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The most fundamental part of local control is the community definition of what a working school looks like.

North Carolina May Be The Next State To Reject The Common Core

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C., June 5 (Reuters) - North Carolina is poised to join a handful of states that have rejec...

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

The Two Words That Make Every Student Cringe

Claire Klodell | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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.

Common Core Is Common Sense for Higher Ed

Nancy L. Zimpher | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Nancy L. Zimpher

The Common Core standards and new assessments aligned with the standards represent our best hope for driving meaningful improvement across K-12 and higher education.

How the Common Core Will Keep the U.S. Education System Competitive

Robert L. Caret | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Robert L. Caret

Higher education leaders and organizations from across the nation have formed a coalition called Higher Ed for Higher Standards, and have done so believing that we should no longer be content to watch this this issue from the sidelines, much less from above in the ivory tower.