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The Global Search for Education: China Comes to New York

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The number of Chinese students seeking to be educated in the West has received significant media attention in recent years, but what about the flipside? What will this mean for the further development of higher education institutions in modern China and for their influence with educators and students around the world?

Colleges Don't Need More Tests or More 'Sheep'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Our colleges and universities aspire to help students to find what John Dewey called "the large and human significance" in their lives and work. This requires not just teaching to the test and not just parroting critiques. It requires learning to think with contexts and concepts, deploying cooperation and creativity.

What's Missing From Common Core Is Education for Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Democracy requires that Americans see themselves as citizens, not just consumers or employees. Common Core, by ignoring the fundamental values that make democracy possible, does education and the United States a tremendous disservice.

Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The problem at meetings such as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education conference is that they tend to be "anti" meetings that do not present a clear alternative agenda defining what participants believe is the role public education should play in a democratic society.

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

The Fractious World of Digital Natives, Immigrants and Aliens

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tom Alderman

Now we live in the digital age, a most wondrous time, for sure. But let's be honest, it has also fragmented our already tribal society into yet another counter faction. And that's not so good.

Why Liberal Education Matters -- A Lecture in Beijing

Michael Roth | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Will pragmatic liberal education instigate skillful and compassionate strategies -- here and abroad -- for addressing our most pressing challenges?

I Don't Buy It

Dan Butin | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Dan Butin

We professors all too often believe that this is our job; to profess. Perhaps. But to be clear, this is not teaching. Let's at least call it what it is: the attempted transfer of information from one container into another. But that's a really problematic way to think about the classroom experience.

Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.

Dewey Dare

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Following an election that feels much like a bitterly fought, hard-won vindication of those earlier transformative contests of 1932 and 1964, we might do well to reacquaint ourselves with this great American mind.

The Best Education for the Best Is the Best Education for All

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.08.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

I think we could agree on some basic standards for college readiness. I personally don't care if a kid decides not to go to college. I would, however, demand that every high school graduate have the option of going if he or she wanted to.

Review of Romano's America the Philosophical

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Romano does offer a series of often intelligent reflections on a diverse group of American writers. That doesn't make his work or our country philosophical, but it does remind us of books we might turn to as we continue our conversations.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

There's Danger in Playing Chess with Politics

Leslie Reece Schichtel | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Leslie Reece Schichtel

The object of a game of chess is to vanquish one's opponent. To do so, both players strategize each piece's trajectory to eventually lock the opponent...

A School Grows in Brooklyn

Tom Allon | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education
Tom Allon

I have just witnessed the future of public education in America and I am so excited that my head is brimming with optimism.

Educating the Whole Child

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Somehow, the belief that better physical, emotional, and spiritual health generates happier, more productive citizens is quickly becoming accepted as a fact in our culture, yet education has largely been moving in the opposite direction.

Why Education?

Sean Slade | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Why do we have education? What is the rationale behind schooling? Is it just to transfer content knowledge or is that just a part of a larger picture?

Towards Truly Progressive Education Unions

Conor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

I know that workers need a voice to advocate for their interests when negotiating with their employers .... But I also know that teachers unions, in their current iteration, have lost their way.

A Fan's Notes (The Sequel)

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Matt Farmer

Salazar and Locke should definitely take a page from the playbook of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. As the guy who once ran Chicago's schools, Duncan knows we're a nation of dummies.

The Conundrum of Democratic Leadership

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Keohane does not present her own comprehensive theory about leadership. She is skeptical -- and rightfully so -- of "one-size-fits-all" explanations.

Diane Ravitch Wins the 2011 Moynihan Prize

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

If it is indeed true that education is the civil rights issue of our generation, Ravitch is one of our most esteemed leaders in the struggle for the rights of all children, no matter where they attend school.

The Appointment of Cathleen Black and the Trouble with Corporate Schooling

Gary Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Anderson

The corporate community and most venture philanthropists, persist in thinking schools should be run like businesses. This time around though, instead of the factory model school, they have bequeathed us the latest business fads.

The 7 Myths of Class Size Reduction -- And the Truth

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

If education is really the civil rights issue of our era, it is about time those people making policies for our schools begin to provide for other people's children what they provide for their own.

Recovering the Commons: Inteview with Scholars on the Climate Justice Frontlines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Standing at the now infamous 7,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, long-time scholars and activists Herb Reid and ...

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.