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Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

The Importance of Critical Inquiry in Learning About Hinduism

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

One of the biggest challenges many social studies teachers face is developing or finding content to help teach about Hinduism.

A Common Core Math Problem With a Hint

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

Ironically, confusion of the CCSS with methods for testing mathematical proficiency is a prime example of the kind of imprecise thinking that the CCSS intend to rectify.

Common Core -- Not One Size Fits All

Peter Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Education under a CCSS regime is not "one size fits all." It's "all must fit one size." It's not "We'll try this on for size and if it doesn't fit, it sucks to be you." It's "You must fit this, or there will be consequences. You will be punished for not fitting what we made for you."

Florida Lawmaker Says Common Core Will Turn Kids Gay

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Common Core standards are a divisive topic in education circles, but one Florida lawmaker is taking his anti-Common Core message to a new level. ...

Violation of the Spirit of Brown V. Board of Education

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Rev. Al Sharpton

Educational inequality isn't a notion from the past; it is happening right now all across this nation. And the facts simply don't lie.

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all.

The Common Core and the Unknown Knowns

Joan McRobbie | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Joan McRobbie

Akin to Obamacare, the Common Core has a rollout problem. This one is not technological. Instead it reflects an implementation planning gap.

Does High School Matter?

Charles Kolb | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Charles Kolb

Are our high schools actually teaching our children anything of importance or lasting value? Not according to one observer: The products of Ameri...

Joy Resmovits

Louisiana Special Education Bill Would Segregate Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

Should schools expect students with a disability to know the same things as other kids their age to advance and graduate? This decades-old question...

The Decline of Public Education

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

"Teaching to the test" is a monumental miscalculation reminiscent of the bleeding practiced by doctors in previous centuries. Coercing thousands of students to focus all of their attention on achieving good scores on a few "core" subjects does not make them smarter, even if they do score better on tests.

This Elementary School Math Homework Is Stumping Parents

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it "Satan's handiwork." A California mom says she's broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it "makes my blood b...

What Do Kids Learn From Doing Homework?

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The nature of homework -- at what age it should start and what it should ask of children -- will continue to evolve. For now, perhaps we should want something better for our children than subjecting them to the same pressures that make our lives so hectic and stressful.

Weingarten Wants Common Core; Lewis Says We're Done

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I cannot stand CCSS because I know what it is: a business deal designed to benefit gluttonous, monopolistic corporations like Pearson. So, I really wanted to hear Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis say, "Yes, CTU will drop CCSS."

My Journey Into the Spotlight

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Why did I write the letter if all of these things are true? Because over the past eleven years, I have been more and more concerned over the 15-20 percent of students who have given up on their education.

Common Core -- Curriculum or Not?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core is not a national curriculum, because it is not a curriculum at all. It is only a set of standards, and that's completely different from the scope and sequence of curriculum planning. But like that terrible Match.com date you went on, the standards/curriculum distinction only looks good on paper.

Education in the 'Twilight Zone'

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.

Common Core Learning Standards: A Failing System?

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Teachers continue to feel resentment due to the fact that the CCSS was essentially thrown at them without consulting with them first being that they know what works and what doesn't in their classrooms.

Common Core Possibilities... From the Sidelines

Teach Plus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

Teach Plus celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with a series of op-eds from teachers around the nation. By Thomas Hakim This Teacher Appreciation...

A Teacher's Words to Louis C.K.

TNTP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

I'm not out to criticize Louis C.K. or to throw fuel on the firefights over Common Core. But from the perspective of this particular third grade teacher, I respectfully disagree with him. Let me tell you why.

The Pseudo-Science of Common Core and High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It seems that the more students, teachers, and families express concern about Common Core and high-stakes testing, the more its proponents rush to defend the indefensible with unsubstantiated claims for their wonderfulness.

Common Core Field Testing: an Uncommon Opportunity

Teach Plus | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

Teach Plus celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with a series of op-eds from teachers around the nation. By Pam Chirichigno Teacher Appreciation W...

The Testing Insanity and Collateral Damage

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

For parents, the fear is that their precious child might become collateral damage in the struggle to correct this unmitigated destruction that is happening to public education.

Opting Out: Why My Son Will Never Take State Tests

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

His school will receive a zero for my opting him out, which will lower his school's proficiency standings. On one hand, I feel bad that his school is being punished for my decision. But it is not me who is punishing the school: Our government is punishing them.