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What's At Stake In Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

If present trends continue, the U.S. will have a dual system of education in another decade. What is at stake is the great tradition of public schools, open to all, supported by all, controlled by the public, not corporations.

Nation's Largest Teachers' Union Calls On Arne Duncan To Resign

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest teachers' union wants Education Secretary Arne Duncan to quit. Delegates of the National Educa...

Replace Arne Duncan with Secretary of Education Bill Gates

John Thompson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Secretary of Education Bill Gates might confront the contradictions between his hypotheses on school improvement and reality. He might even recognize the impossibility of implementing value-added teacher evaluations and Common Core testing at the same time.

Five Suggestions to Improve Arts Policy in DC's FY15

Robert Bettmann | Posted 06.08.2014 | DC
Robert Bettmann

With the democratic primary completed, it's time to assess mayor Gray on the arts.

Music Therapy and Military Populations: An Update

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

I am very pleased to inform our readers that the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has just announced the publication of Music Therapy and Mil...

Gates Is Funding USDOE Conferences and 'Innovations'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates is paying a "nonprofit" already overly involved in federal affairs to "help" the USDOE "improve" its operations -- and no doubt those "improvements" will coincidentally serve the lucrative, privatizing purposes of the nonprofit-affiliated "improvers."

Expecting More: Rigor and Excellence in Our Classrooms

Isiah Thomas | Posted 02.23.2014 | Education
Isiah Thomas

We owe it to our children and ourselves to demand higher expectations and a system where all stakeholders, from the state house to the school house are held accountable when it comes to education.

The Principles That Unite Us

John Thompson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The time is right for educators to reintroduce our old-fashioned, sensible, evidence-based approach to school improvement. "The Principles that Unite Us" presents a balanced game plan for communities and labor to unite for educational and social justice.

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.

Sense and Sustainability in Education Reform

Harriet Sanford | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

It's a question that's daunted educators for decades: Why haven't well-intentioned efforts to improve teaching and learning in our schools had the kind of impact we want and need?

The MOOC Backlash -- A Response

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As a cautious enthusiast, I'm thrilled that people like Professor Meisenhelder are around to reinforce the important lesson that just because Tom Friedman says something (including the MOOC) is the unstoppable wave of the future does not necessarily make it so.

Paul Blumenthal

Donors To Liberal Dark Money Group Revealed

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative network may be the best-known users of "dark money," but their liberal foes have no...

NEA, AFT, Common Core, and VAM

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I have been told that "the unions" are the major forces on the side of classroom teachers in this fight against the corporate takeover of American public education. I want that to be true -- but I cannot ignore what I am seeing.

The Fight to Save Common Core: Count Me Out

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

I have written a number of posts on the so-called Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an unprecedented effort by those outside of the classroom to exercise control over the classroom by standardizing what is taught in classrooms across the nation.

A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates likes Common Core. So, he is purchasing it. In doing so, Gates demonstrates (sadly so) that when one has enough money, one can purchase fundamentally democratic institutions.

This Summer's Bad News

Agnes Gund | Posted 10.09.2013 | New York
Agnes Gund

In this time of financial trouble and international turmoil, the arts and the humanities provide more than "enhancement," more than "benefit." They provide insight; they provide incentive; they inspire. They give us answers.

Is A Gay-Inclusive Curriculum Like Teaching Kids How To Use Crack?

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Is a gay-inclusive curriculum the equivalent of teaching kids to use crack? That’s what a South Carolina teacher and pastor named Ira Thomas thinks....

Art as Restorative Justice in Brooklyn

NYC-ARTS | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

Thanks to a 2013 "Our Town" grant announced last week by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one might envy Brownsville as the place to be for ...

Creative Placemaking Changes The Look and Feel of Cities and Towns Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) announced 59 new grants this week that will help American communities prepare themselves for the new economy....

NEA and ArtPlace Changing The Face of Cities and Towns Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 09.13.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) just announced 59 new grants that will help American communities prepare themselves for the new economy. Tog...

Shopping for Husbands

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 08.04.2013 | Divorce
Jane Vandenburgh

When my husband Jack and I got together more than twenty years ago, it was in a time when virtually every other marriage was ending in divorce, stats so terrible they'd engendered their own grim humor: You could shop for your next husband.

Is this the year for STEAM ?

John M. Eger | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

Maybe it's time for the Congress to put the A into STEM. Major provisions of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010--also known as the STEM...

The Arts Are Not a Luxury

John M. Eger | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

It's really time to stop tiptoeing around the vital role of the arts in education. Maybe it's also time for the Congress to put the A into STEM. Maj...

Unions Accuse McConnell Of 'Inflicting Pain On Millions'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

Some of the largest public-sector unions in the country renewed their attack on congressional Republicans over sequestration Thursday, making a six-fi...

Is Not Loving Cage A Sin?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

Recently, Daniel Asia, a composer with an impeccable pedigree who heads the composition department at the University of Arizona, posted on the Huff...