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A Bipartisan Proposal for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

Just when you thought bipartisanship was a thing of the past, here comes a proposal so sensible, so much in everyone's interest, and mirabile dictu, it comes from key Republican and Democratic leaders.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Just Ensured That His Education Legacy Will Last After He Leaves Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is inviting states to apply to renew their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. And according to guidance issued Thursd...

Literacy for All, Yes! The New Literacy

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The more we ask of children, the more they can do; the higher the standards we set for those who teach children, the farther they will reach.

A Policy Idea Both Parties Can Agree on

Anne Mosle | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Anne Mosle

It is time for other policymakers across the country to join this effort. Unless they rise to this challenge, the next generation will be at further risk - for academic struggles, for lower wages, and, ultimately, for the same challenges facing their parents for economic stability

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

Once A Sleepy Campaign Issue, Education Gains Clout

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Middle school art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking stra...

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

Peter Greene | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Were Falling Through The Cracks When It Came To Bullying

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

When a 10-year-old student with ADHD and a speech disability talks in a high-pitched voice, gym class can become a nightmare. Other students call him ...

What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

7 Bogus Assumptions of Education Reform

Peter Greene | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Some of the classic Not-Entirely-Truisms of the Reformster Movement have been quietly retired. For instance, one rarely hears the claim that teachers had major input in creating the Common Core anymore because there's hardly a soul left who can say it with a straight face.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Why Teachers Weren't Invited to the Table

Peter Greene | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

The Indigenous Language Challenge

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Colleen M Fitzgerald

People are posting videos where they take on dramatic challenges and tag others to join in. It's an energetic effort to raise awareness ... to use Native American languages.

On Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Poverty isn't like polio, which can be cured in one treatment. The factors that lead to a child being in a disadvantaged family at preschool are likely to persist afterwards, and top-quality education is needed at every age to help children overcome effects of poverty.

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

Why Education Policies Are Destroying Education in Under 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

I did my best to sum up how education policies are destroying education and, more importantly, harmful to students, on a recent HuffPost Live segment.

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

Joy Resmovits

Is This The Secret To Improving America's Schools?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussi...

The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Reading by Third Grade - Or Else

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Given the well-founded concern about third grade reading, you'd imagine that policymakers would be rushing to implement proven approaches. But the reality is otherwise.

My Teacher Family Urges "Yes" on Pending California EpiPen Bill

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

Our toddler daughter stopped breathing in our arms after eating a bite of food to which she was severely allergic. The EpiPen injection we quickly gave her likely saved her life.

Education Data Use Has Come a Long Way and Needs to Go Further

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Education data are in the spotlight like never before. More people than ever are talking about data's power to transform systems and help students ach...

Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

If you're not worried by the direction of recent political opposition to the Common Core State Standards, you should be.