The Secretary of Education's Race to the Top competitive grant program has opened fault lines between teachers unions, education reformers, school district leaders, mayors, and state-level politicians.
Can a high school change a continent? Last week I had the opportunity to speak with a man who says "Yes it can!" Fred Swaniker is the co-founder of the African Leadership Academy, a new boarding school in Johannesburg.
Analysis of the LEARN Act - new legislation pending in both chambers of Congress - reveals an approach to children's literacy development that is not supported by research and runs contrary to good practice.
Early childhood education is again on the minds of our elected officials. Last month, the House passed the Early Learning Challenge Fund, which gives states a chance at $8 billion in competitive grants.
Caitlin Flanagan has written a surprisingly harsh critique of including gardens in our public schools. In a nutshell, she states that pursuing this activity over and above the three R's will turn our children into illiterate sharecroppers.
Under Bloomberg and mayoral control (vs. how it was run under Bill Thompson under the old board of education), the public school system is viewed as a "portfolio" rather than as a centrally run monolith.
One-day activities, demonstrations and short-term programs targeting highly-engaged students are not going to change who gets involved with science. Obama's "Educate to Innovate" does little to remove basic barriers.