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The Business of Lesson Plans

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Creating and writing lesson plans are activities common to basic teacher education courses. Before entering a classroom, young educators are taught ho...

Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

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.

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.

Economics Students From 19 Countries Demand Overhaul of Economics Education

Keith Harrington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Keith Harrington

Note: The following open letter on economics education reform represents the joint effort of the members of the International Student Initiative for P...

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Bowdoin's Double Bogey

Peter W. Wood | Posted 06.19.2014 | College
Peter W. Wood

This is American higher education today: an angry driver, lost and confused but too proud to stop and ask directions. "I'm not lost! I know exactly where I'm going!" And to prove it, that angry driver speeds up and zips past the next exit.

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

Special Ed and Heroin: Letter to a First-Year Vermont Teacher

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

This is an email I wrote to a Special Education teacher colleague in her first year. The text is more or less just as I sent it to her last week. Name...

Embracing a Different Way to Learn

Jonathan M. Brand | Posted 04.04.2014 | College
Jonathan M. Brand

During a recent dinner, a Cornell College mathematics faculty member recounted a moment when he knew that our One Course At A Time curriculum --where...

How to Evolve Your Character for a More Meaningful, Successful Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

What determines your character? You do. As do the people around you. And, of course, genetics play a factor, too. But according to Webby Award fo...

MBAs are for Managers, Not Entrepreneurs

Rana Florida | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

A forum at The Economist asked whether business school is worth it. "Most entrepreneurs," it noted, "feel that the money otherwise used for tuition is better off invested in wise counsel and getting that business off the ground."

The Apotheosis of Opinion

Gary A. Olson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

A major challenge for higher education in the years to come will be to ensure that logic, critical thinking, close reading, the scientific method, and the spirit of inquiry in general don't become lost arts -- lost to the imperative of opinion.

What Letters From Prison Tell Us

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

If they were given financial guidance and entrepreneurship education, could the fate of these men been different?

7 Things We Should Start Teaching In Schools ASAP

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Americans typically learn a lot of things in school -- spelling, math, why plants are green -- that are actually useful in our day-to-day lives. But t...

Joy Resmovits

How The Common Core Became Education's Biggest Bogeyman

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Shortly before Thanksgiving, Arne Duncan made a glib remark about the Common Core that quickly blew up. Speaking before a gathering of state school...

Diary of a Student Teacher: Quitting, Continued

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Matt Bieber

Most of my friends hated my last blog post. They thought that I was calling into question the value of practical knowledge, even condemning our whole school system.

Teaching Homicidal Rage: Reflections on School Shootings and Suicides of 2103

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

The emotional life of the child should be considered core content, as worthy of heavy resource investment and professional development as any other core subject or standard.

Guess Who Has the Key to Washington's New 'College Report Cards' -- Before They Are Written?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

As Washington plans a new program to issue 'report cards' on colleges and universities, they should probably know there's a group that is already sending CliffsNotes to every school in the country: employers.

One Response to the Decline of the Liberal Arts

Gary A. Olson | Posted 02.09.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Those of us in higher education who are committed to the liberal arts are concerned about the fact that today's students -- and their parents -- do no...

Why I Love (and Teach) Author Fay Weldon

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

What gives a writer a reputation as "teachable" but not "great"? In Weldon's case, is it because her writing is forever associated with her successful television work that we're suspicious of her?

Campaign to Add Citizenship to the Common Core Standards

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.

Our Future Depends On Putting Tech Education At The Core

Cullen White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cullen White

If we don't make technology education a priority, we will face a crisis of epic proportions. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 4.2 million jobs in IT and computing. There is no way we can fill those jobs with American students and an education system that doesn't adequately prepare them.

New Emphasis on Design Thinking

John M. Eger | Posted 10.25.2013 | College
John M. Eger

Walter Issacson, author of the Steve Jobs biography, discovered that in all Apple's products "technology (was) married to great design, elegance, huma...

Think Again: Indiana Is the Latest Skirmish in the Conservatives' War on Knowledge

Eric Alterman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Although Daniels pledged himself to promote academic freedom when he was officially appointed to the Purdue presidency at the beginning of the year, recently released emails prove that as governor, he tried to ban the writings of Zinn from Indiana University's assigned reading lists.