Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful -- and I was curious about why its fifth-grade scores had not improved even as its third-grade ones had.
Recent news that Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt the Council for Economic Education's National Standards for Financial Literacy is an encouraging development -- and hopefully other states will similarly follow suit.
Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tried out.
It appears that American teachers -- well, middle school teachers, anyway -- work longer hours than their counterparts in other countries. And yet our students still don't perform all that well in comparison to those other countries. What's going on?
It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.
The Internet offers an unprecedented treasure trove of information and resources for all of us, and for our kids. But the recent "Slenderman" incident, for lack of a more family-friendly phrase, has thrown a spotlight on the uneasy relationship that parents have with the online world.
We are raising a generation of chronically sleep-deprived, anxious, caffeine-addled kids who believe that grades, rankings, AP and SAT scores, and -- of course -- college admissions are the ultimate measure of their worth.
There is one public institution that has providing children with equal opportunities as its primary goal, and that is our schools. That is a heavy burden indeed, given that policy choices have undermined their ability to live up to the job.
A dear friend of mine, Dick Vander Woude, passed away recently and his death has been haunting me not just because of its suddenness and serendipity but because it puts an exclamation point on the end of an era of truly top-quality education in Wisconsin.
School leaders play an enormous role in establishing a culture and climate of respect, but every adult in the building is part of establishing and maintaining that culture. And kids reflect the adult culture.