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

John Thompson | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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 07.20.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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.

Saving Recess

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

I'm pleased to share with you a guest blog written by an outstanding Wheelock graduate student Jennifer Nguyen, who will be graduating this month with...

Joy Resmovits

No Child Left Behind Revived In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Two years after Washington state largely ditched the No Child Left Behind Act, the much-maligned federal education law will be in full effect there ye...

Why I'm Resigning After 11 Years As A Teacher

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

I have sweet, incredible, intelligent children sitting in my classroom who are giving up on their lives already. They feel that they only have failure in their futures because they've been told they aren't good enough by a standardized test.

Bush Says Education Key To Civil Rights

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportun...

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

Racially Segregated Schools in America: The Bloomberg, Gates, Bush and Obama Legacies

Alan Singer | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The impact of Bloomberg, Gates, Bush, and Obama policies on school segregation can be seen in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Since 2000, demographics in central Harlem have shifted dramatically.

The Defunding of Public Education and the Creation of a Permanent Underclass

Julia Meszaros | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Julia Meszaros

I wonder, once public education is destroyed in this country, will we revert back to the days where only wealthy students were guaranteed an education? Will poor students need to find a wealthy benefactor, like Mozart did, in order to attain an education?

Extreme Makeover: Illinois Schools Edition

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We took data from the U.S. Department of Education to look at which schools make up the top of the list. Surprise, surprise, there's a familiar state on it. That's right, Illinois is in the top five of states with the most schools in need of improvement.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

Joy Resmovits

No Child Left Behind Author Cautions Education Dept. On Waivers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

The grandfather of the No Child Left Behind Act is putting the feds on notice, warning them not to pervert the education law's principles -- and he's ...

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.