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Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education.

What My Students Think About Standardized Tests

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my years as an educator, I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. So, here is what my students think about standardized tests:.

Why I Still Go to Washington

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Are we that far off from our own American oligarchy, our own American nightmare, when our children, who have few voices in Washington, continue to be ignored? And what business do businessmen have telling teachers how to teach?

We Made It In America: Israel in the Jewish Day School

Gideon Resnick | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Gideon Resnick

My school, which is now called Rockwern Academy, by no means labels itself as an inherently Zionist institution. That isn't to say that Israel didn't pervade every nook and cranny and fall from each drop of grape juice.

Cosmos Rocks Science Right -- Again

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Cosmos is teaching at its best. Because it never feels like teaching. It feels like the greatest mystery story ever. The greatest action movie ever. The best drama series ever. The best comedy series too, probably. And when life is explained this well, it just cannot be beat.

The Gifted Speaker -- It's Not a Question

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

What does up-inflecting mean? It means you are ending your statements with a question mark. Why is that a problem? It's a problem because now you sound unsure. Furthermore, you are unsure even about your name.

How We Are Failing Our Children When It Comes to Their Future Happiness

Kristi Ling | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristi Ling

How might the world shift in profound ways if all kids studied the basics of happiness for even one semester in school?

Public Education and Job Readiness: What Can Be Done to Shrink the Skills Gap?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 03.19.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

What role should K-12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public education.

Innate Intelligence: The 800-Pound Non-Sequitur

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Michael Rugnetta

The new SAT is going to be more transparent about what it tests and how you can practice for it. This is a good thing.

A "Majority-Minority" Nation Needs a New Definition of the University

Michael M. Crow | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Michael M. Crow

We have a strange confluence of factors: the fastest growing industrialized nation with the steepest declining educational attainment. The most innovative of nations capable of astonishing increases in productivity is struggling to maintain sustained economic growth.

Bill Gates Tries to Fashion Teacher Support for His Beloved Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The bottom line is that no proponent of CCSS has any solid proof of its efficacy, Bill Gates and his billions included.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

How a Black President Made Racism Acceptable

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Unfortunately having a black president didn't end racism. Instead racists pretend things have changed and use political debate as cover to rationalize their bigoted talking points.

Persistence: Reflections of a Life-Long Activist

Cami Anderson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Cami Anderson

Persisting to demand equity was one of the hardest things I have ever worked with a group of people to accomplish. And I learned some tough lessons.

The Role of Assessments in Special Education

Teach Plus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America.

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises.

Common Core and the Holocaust

Alan Singer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The reading list for the New York State Common Core English/Language Arts curriculum looks like someone took a handful of darts and through them at a wall with boxes labeled with different grade levels. There are no discernible themes and at a first glance no patterns at all.

Memo to Principals: C-O-A-C-H is a Five Letter Word

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

I have routinely encountered hesitancy amongst school leaders to pursue relationships with coaches and/or to attend robust, sustained leadership seminars and trainings.

The Cult of Achievement: Why I Wouldn't Do High School Over Again

Samantha Shokin | Posted 03.14.2014 | New York
Samantha Shokin

"Wow, you must be smart." Every Stuyvesant High School alum has had to deflect this cheeky accusation at least once. Likely more, but at least once d...

A Nation Founded on Equality Continues to Stumble Over Skin Color

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.14.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some declared that we had turned a page and entered a post-racial society with the election of the nation's first African-American president in 2008. Yet cases of racism, violence and overt discrimination in schools, housing, the workplace and penal institutions persist.

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Six Benefits to Ripping Up the Rulebook

Tim Elmore | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Instead of the usual list of "rules" most schools enforce, Principal Bruce McLachlan abandoned the recess rubric as part of a successful university experiment. He had a hunch that all the rules and boundaries were backfiring.

Mentoring: The Hindu-American Community's Great Seva

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Mentoring is probably one of the most individually fulfilling activities I experienced, but only in recent years have I truly appreciated how intrinsic the concept has been to Hinduism.

Quality Over Quantity: The Case Against Essay Length Requirements

Mark Bemesderfer | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Mark Bemesderfer

By demanding a number of pages or words, the thinking goes, teachers force their students to move beyond superficial observations into deeper analysis. Unfortunately, I believe that length minimums do not achieve that goal. Quite the opposite, in fact.