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No Child Left Behind

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.26.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' test scores in this international exam?

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Time Travel to the Past! Welcome to School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As summer turns to fall and parents are buying children their new backpacks, it is time to think of how our schools work and whether they are inspiring true learning. The schools of today are largely those of our great-grandparents.

Law Professor Declares Arne Duncan's Waivers Illegal

Peter Greene | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

An upcoming article in the Vanderbilt Law Review argues that the administration's waiver program is both illegal and a very, very bad precedent. Folks have questioned the legality of Duncan's waivers all along, but this takes that game to a whole new level.

Arne Duncan Declares Victory in War on Schools and Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I found three of Duncan's statements particularly ironic. He wrote about his continuing commitment to a "spirit of flexibility," flexibility that is completely lacking in Race to the Top mandates.

Joy Resmovits

Is The Obama Administration Backing Away From Standardized Testing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educ...

Washington Officials Say State Schools Aren't Really 'Failing'

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

(Updates with Department of Education statement) By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Superintendents from ...

One Way to Stem Violence in Chicago Is by Fighting Hunger

Jeannie Boutelle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Chicago
Jeannie Boutelle

It is one thing to complain about violence in Chicago and it is another to do something about it. Feeding children who don't have access to good food, providing them with a full stomach gives them a sense of security, and reinforces a connectedness to their community.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Joy Resmovits

This Will Make Some Special Education Advocates Really Happy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York students with disabilities will be held to the same academic standards and take the same standardized tests as other kids their a...

The New Yorker Nails the Real Lesson of the Atlanta Testing Scandal

John Thompson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Our children are being robbed of opportunities for real learning, and being socialized into the reward, punish, and silence work culture of the Atlanta schools and other systems dominated by fear and compliance.

Tuning in to Teachers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard.

Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The average American student and teacher now spend about 30 percent of the school year preparing for and taking standardized tests. This is time that schools could use to achieve their primary purpose of educating students. Instead, they become nothing more than test factories.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Plans To Tackle Major Education Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students o...

The Books That Could Set Off A Metal Detector

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.26.2014 | Latino Voices

In 2012, at the entrance of a West Philadelphia high school, an armed officer asked the poet Denice Frohman if she had a weapon on her. Standing befor...

Education Policy Today: The Death of Gestalt, the Rise of Data and Why W.E. Deming is Turning Over in His Grave

Arnold Dodge | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Considering a perspective for educators to view children as more than the sum of their parts, seeing a learner as a developing entity, understanding that children are multi-faceted and multi-talented, is anathema to today's education policy makers who are governed by market-driven analytics.

Vergara Decision Is Latest Attempt To Blame Teachers And Weaken Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The one thing that does seem certain is that, contrary to the victory claims of hedge fund managers and right-wing editorial writers, no student will gain anything as a result of this decision.

Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

We have built an entire so-called "accountability system" on test data derived from tests given on one day of the year. It's like applying for a mortgage loan and the bank only asking for a checkbook balance on a given day. If this sounds illogical, it is.

Rebecca Klein

Turns Out No Child Left Behind May Have Actually Been Good For Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

When Vanderbilt University professor Jason A. Grissom started exploring how the No Child Left Behind Act has affected teachers, he expected to find th...

An Educator's Lament: Part II -- Causes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

The primary culprits against education include neglect, austerity, anti-intellectual/anti-science attitudes, good intentions gone awry, and malevolence aforethought.

Is Common Core Failure President Obama's Fault?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The state-led initiative was chugging right along, moving forward without any interference from the feds, when somehow, they decided to leap in. This is part of the current conservative CCSS support narrative. The story goes something like this.

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

The Decline of Public Education

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

"Teaching to the test" is a monumental miscalculation reminiscent of the bleeding practiced by doctors in previous centuries. Coercing thousands of students to focus all of their attention on achieving good scores on a few "core" subjects does not make them smarter, even if they do score better on tests.

Mixing Education With Politics

Peter Greene | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's a great line, usually attributed to Rev. Gene Carlson of Wichita, about religion getting involved in politics: When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.