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Child Abuse Takes Many Forms

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

And so thousands and thousands of little kids will sacrifice huge chunks of childhood in service of this ill-considered nonsense. It is heartbreaking to think of what these policy-makers are doing to children.

Rebutting 7 Myths About Teach for America

Whitney Tilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Whitney Tilson

There are no silver bullets or 100 percent solutions. In reality, we need 100 1 percent solutions -- and TFA is clearly one.

Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as "defenders of the status quo." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Education's Blockbuster Moment

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

As 2010 -- a year that might as well be known as "The Year of Education Reform" -- comes to a close, I feel like our field is facing its own series of Blockbuster moments.

Should The School Day Be Longer?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Extending school hours may be a cornerstone of future reform, one that President Obama argues would elevate U.S. education standards closer to those o...

Retire the Slogan of 'The Same Students in the Same Building'

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

"Reformers" do not seem to understand how hurtful it is to teachers when they repeat the false soundbite about schools that kept "the same students in the same building."

Is Waiting for 'Superman' Kryptonite for Real Education Reform?

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Milewski

Even though I love the world of comics, I'm always suspicious when someone suggests that the solution to long-term systemic problems involves superhuman efforts.

Work Hard, Be Nice: Reflections on Michelle Rhee

Jessica Rauch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Rauch

I deeply respect and admire Rhee's tenacity and dedication to children. But I was disappointed by her approach. Her reforms were never going to be sustainable without support throughout her ranks.

Critics: How Do We Know Harlem Children's Zone Is Working?

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

President Obama created a grant program to copy his block-by-block approach to ending poverty. The British government praised his charter schools as a...

No Longer Waiting for "Superman"

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Davis Guggenheim may be good at outlining problems with the environment and with the schools, but he basically has no real solutions to offer.

Waiting for a Fair Shake: The One Sidedness of 'Waiting for Superman'

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Paras Bhayani

"Waiting for 'Superman' " may well perform a valuable service by shining light on a long-neglected issue. But I can't help but focus on the fact that it seems flawed in its two principal policy arguments.

Classroom Heroes: Harriett Ball Sings Students To Success (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Four years ago, Connie Walthall and her son Tony knocked on the door of Harriett Ball's Texas home. The young man and his mother were eager to surpri...

Charter School Growth Fund Announces $160 Million Campaign To Open More Non-Traditional Schools

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ATLANTA — Groups hoping to open charter schools across the country could soon have millions more dollars available. The Charter School Growth F...

Four Days IN Education Nation

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

NBC says it's going to do Education Nation again next year. Let's hope so. There's certainly room for improvement.

Waiting for the Teachers' Union

Joel Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel Klein

"Waiting for 'Superman' " shines a much-needed spotlight on the status quo and the people who benefit from and defend it.

Should We Have More School Time? Yes -- For Kids

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

While American students might be "underworked," American school teachers most certainly are not -- particularly for what they are being paid.

Waiting for Superman Premieres at LA Film Festival

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tabby Biddle

Waiting for Superman is the kind of film we need more of in Hollywood. I say this because it takes an important social issue (education) and educates all of us.

Schools Enter Chartered Waters

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

The majority of the approximately 5,000 charter schools in the United States are no better, and in many cases worse, than local public schools.

Earn-to-Learn: Innovative Incentives for Learning

Chris Romer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Chris Romer

It is apparent that if paying students to read books outside of school on the order of only $14 per year produces results comparable to those to be expected had the students remained in school for the entire summer, it is an approach worthy of examining and implementing in some capacity here in Colorado.

LA Schools' Big Experiment

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Think of it as a big chem lab experiment. The Los Angeles Unified School District is testing the hypothesis that allowing a bunch of people to compete for running schools will yield better ones.

Bold Move, Big Risk

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

In a fascinating and audacious move, Denver Public Schools is proposing that new charter schools housed in district buildings become neighborhood schools.

Fixing Education: Where Do Motivated Kids Come From?

Caroline Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Caroline Walker

TEAM Charter Schools are building a generation of children who strive to learn as much as they can, and to work for it, too. So, where do kids like this come from?

The Wall Street Journal on Education: Lies, Myths, and Yellow Journalism

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Tipler

Earlier this month, the Ford Foundation announced it was giving $100 million to improve urban schools, a fantastic announcement that the Journal lambasted with a misleading editorial.

Why Evidence is Essential in Defining the Missions of Non-Profits

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

I believe that a great nonprofit organization is ultimately only as good as its theory of change. There is considerable knowledge about what works and what doesn't work in particular contexts.