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Educational Reform

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

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.

Not So "Common Core": The Reforming of Educational Reform

Frank Islam | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Frank Islam

From 2009 to 2013, there was a rush to develop, embrace and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education. Since then, there ha...

Educational Rankings: Why Are We So Obsessed With Rating Everything?

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The things that matter in life can't always be ranked and rated. Spend the money instead to make education higher quality and more accessible. That would be time and money well spent.

WHiP It! 'The Real Deal' Education

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Amy Elias, MS

As a woman who has dedicated her life to connection, to health, to the natural laws of the universe, to whole education, to integrity, to authenticity...

Education: It Takes a Community

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

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.

Bored-o-ed: An Educator's Plan for Making NYC Public Schools Work, Part 2

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

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.

How Should We Teach the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington?

John Thompson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

Once test-driven "reform" is consigned to the ash pile of history, I want to see education resume its role in helping to bend the arc of history to justice.

Income Immobility -- Educational Implications? Part 1

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

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.

Duck and Cover: Educational Fallout Shelters for a Sputnik Moment

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.17.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally published in Kevin's blog, MyMediaDiary.com I'd only been through this doorway a few hundred times in my life -- and ...

WATCH: Mexico Teacher Protests Result In Four Arrests

AP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Mexican prosecutors say four leaders of violent teachers protests have been arrested on charges of sedition, terrorism, rioting and property damage. ...

When Students Say They Want to Change the World -- Listen to Them!

Angela Maiers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

If we are to reach real peace in this world... We shall have to begin with children. Mahatma Gandhi Most conversations about changing the world are m...

Essay Grading Software is Insulting

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.08.2013 | College
Steve Nelson

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?"

Our Future Is Unprepared

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

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.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Elsa Nunez | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

What can we do about it? States need to enact multiple initiatives simultaneously -- policies that will help to create a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework.

Information Age Populism

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Harry Boyte

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.

Teachers Matter: What I Learned at UNESCO's World Teachers' Day in Paris

Dan Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the international consensus suggests, we must put all the resources we can into investing in the village it takes to raise quality teachers.

Peter S. Goodman

'Callous and Unreasonable': Chicago Teachers Cast Strike As National Push-Back to Unfair Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education

CHICAGO –- Two weeks before teachers here went on strike, shutting down the third largest school system in the nation, a teenage boy was shot and ki...

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

Higher Education, Student Loans: Victors and Victims

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.07.2012 | College
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

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.

What is Academic Rigor?!

Lori Ungemah | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

Rigor is pushing yourself beyond what is easy. Sports, reading, math, anger management, dieting -- to make progress in anything there has to be an element of rigor. Plain and simple.

Educating for Democracy: Tenure Isn't the Problem, Poverty Is

Joel Shatzky | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

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.

Mitt Romney and the Fierce Desire for Educational Change

Randy Turner | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

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.

Fixing American Education Chertok Interview Series, Part 3: How Do We Get Public Education From Here to Where It Needs to Be?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education
Mark Goulston, M.D.

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.

The Golden Age of the Polymath

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Humanities cuts announced by the government. Are we surprised? A reinforcement of a government committed to robbing us of our intellect. The authorit...

Education Wake Up: An Important Case in Connecticut

Michael Evans | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
Michael Evans

The indecisiveness that has been found in Connecticut has left a generation of youth facing one of the biggest uphill battles in the nation.