You will not catch me dissing Schoolhouse Rock.
Like all good Gen Xers, I grew up with the infectious tones of the Saturday morning series permeating...
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The No Child Left Behind Act allows each state to define for itself what "academically proficient" means, thus dramatic differences appear from one state to the next.
Let me say it again: It is time to kill the Bush-era No Child Left Behind program. If judged solely by test scores, the only coin that the NCLB crowd understands, the law has been a dud.
Obsessive focus on cleaning house and demanding expecting superhuman performance misses a larger point.
Youth should be sitting around the table with the policy and decision-makers, as no one knows the foster care system better than the youth who've lived in it.
While "tangible inducements" to minors may now be a forbidden tactic in credit card marketing, military recruiters continue to ply students with key chains, hats, and t-shirts in pursuit of their goals.
Many high schools have job placement programs to help their students, but rarely do we see the possibility of entrepreneurship presented as an option.
We need to understand what pushes these young people out the door, and we need to provide more substantive intervention to more students sooner.
The federal government needs to call a public advisory committee, comprised of representatives from every stakeholder group that cares about what is happening in public schools.
Joel Klein has relied on three principles: developing public school leadership, incentives for teacher quality, and accountability. His approach has produced some demonstrable progress.
Obama recognizes that if the United States is to pull out of this recession for the long term, we must invest in education.
Many students from poor backgrounds -- like Jamal from Slumdog Millionaire -- fare poorly on standardized tests, but that doesn't mean they aren't intelligent.
Transforming the teaching profession into a merit-based system is an obvious first step toward reducing educational inequality.
It's important to understand that looking for the best is a self-defeating, misery-making strategy; that we should, in general, be looking for good enough, not the best.
Michelle Rhee, education chancellor of the District of Columbia -- in charge of the worst performing public school system in the nation -- has laid do...
Economically and culturally, the future of America and of the rest of world lies now in a different direction. It will depend on the vitality, diversity and creativity of all its people.
We are mothers, fathers, creators and nurturers. We are teachers, lawyers, accountants and writers. And the future rests in our resiliently remarkable hands.
Many educators will be happy to know that, under Arne Duncan Chicago was the poster child for districts resisting and criticizing the law. Others may...
Focusing on what works for kids ought to come first, no matter which end of the political spectrum the idea comes from. This should remain the cornerstone of Duncan's decision-making.
You'd think the studious Senator from Illinois would avoid repeating the Bush regime's horror show of unqualified appointments, of picking politicos over professionals. But here we go again.
In his most recent op-ed, David Brooks offers Americans a false choice between two distinct camps of education interests. Here's hoping our new president will sweep aside that brand of discourse.
There is something to be said about hindsight. Those clamoring for jobs with the Obama Administration will soon learn on their own about the burdens ...
Nearly a third of all Illinois public schools failed to hit rising test targets during the 2007-2008 school year, one of the worst performances since ...
One of President Bush's most noteworthy accomplishments - the No Child Left Behind law enacted in 2002 - might undergo some fundamental changes when ...
The way to ensure no children get "left behind" isn't more cash to schools, it's more resources to people.
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