The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.
If we want to strengthen schools serving those most in need, we must strengthen the communities in which they are located. Yet, the trend across the country has been to close "poor performing" schools thus attenuating the community-school connection.
Consider the virtuous circle aspect: If teaching in public schools were to become prestigious (again), a higher caliber of college graduates would be drawn to the profession. More intellectual rigor all around would bring up everybody's game.
Most importantly for those interested in the role education plays in our society, and the progress of society itself, one must ask the extent to which current school reform efforts can make a difference given this study's findings.
There is an exciting new development of essay-grading software. This innovation, coming courtesy of the EdX people from Harvard and MIT, may have finally closed the diminishing gap between "educational reform" and parody. The only possible response is, "Are you kidding me?"
Overall we have the best universities in the world, but our high schools are producing legions of people who are barely literate and who are, for the most part, blissfully unaware of how unprepared they are for the real world.
On November 27, in the midst of arguments about taxes and the debt, another debate took place in Washington. This one involved two political traditions eclipsed in recent years, now stirring again to life: civil society conservatism and progressively-inclined populism.
By producing a comprehensive plan for the reform of higher education in a manner that treats students as customers, the Attainment Commission can put them on the road to being victors rather than victims.
Without the minimal protection of tenure, the teaching profession will become even more unattractive to the very cohort of bright, young students that are so desperately needed in the future to educate our children.
As a teacher who has students write research papers on the American Civil Rights Movement, I was stunned to find out that I am on the wrong side of the great civil rights issue of our time. It has to be true. Mitt Romney says so.
We are no longer an agrarian society, therefore, the school day and school year must be longer. The responsibility for public education which was ceded to the states must be centralized with regard to uniformity of curriculum. In the future, we need a national core curriculum.