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Stop Blaming the Teachers

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

Teachers who teach in poorly performing schools should get Congressional commendations just for showing up every day.

Failing Students, Not Failing Schools

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

We need to give poor parents the resources and support they need so they can devote the time and energy necessary to prepare their children for academic success.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- 45 Years Later

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

The ESEA is once again facing reauthorization in Congress, and we are at another turning point. Now is the time to recommit ourselves to the promise of ESEA, and the very real needs of our children.

60 Minutes, Urban Education, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Charter schools-- privately operated, publicly funded schools -- do not automatically confer superiority over traditional public schools.

Higher Expectations: If We Believe Our Students Can Succeed, They Will

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

From the accepted view that Black and Latino students will do worse than their White peers, two educational systems have emerged in America: one for White students, and another for students of color. But what would happen if we expected more from our youth?

Enrique Goes to College

Peter W. Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Peter W. Wood

Current American colleges' summer reading programs are, in effect, confessions that high school didn't do its job and that college isn't going to do it either.

Obama's Big Educational Goals Translate Into Republican Retaliation Against Teacher Union in Florida

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The answers to improving education have to be holistic, and local. President Obama's good intentions of setting a tone unfortunately will not translate into more success until we deal with the whole puzzle.

Reading Is Fundamental!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

Since 1966, RIF has distributed 365 million free books to kids who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to read. Putting its funding at risk doesn't speak well of our country's priorities.

The Drano Theory of History -- Extending the "Big Change Moment"

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

One of the reasons why last Sunday's vote was so significant is that it is likely to set up the kind of cascading series of fundamental changes that only comes once every few decades.

Bill Ayers is Back... with a Brilliant Graphic Novel

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Brown

William Ayers's new book To Teach: The Journey, In Comics is part autobiography, part education reform tract, and entirely enjoyable to read.

Public Education Reform Is Doubly Off the Mark

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

When we are honest about what education reform really is about and who it is for, we might just find a way to accomplish the Everest-like reform goals we have set for ourselves.

Decision Points by George W. Bush--Leaked!

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

Choices: Focus on fourteen critical decisions in the book, or leave the number vague. Decision: Focus on fourteen critical decisions. Outcome: Bad! I could only think of fifteen.

Fire Teachers and Replace Jefferson with Aquinas? A Bizarre Week in Education

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tipler

Tthe Common Core Standards released contain a notable omission: social studies. That's because the thorniest debates start when you start tinkering with that age-old question of who gets to write history.

To Strengthen Education, Strengthen Teacher Education Programs

Katie Stoynoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katie Stoynoff

If we want to create an educational system that works for our young people, we have to start in the places that provide us with the heads of our classrooms -- teacher education programs.

Obama and No Child Left Behind

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tabby Biddle

I keep hearing stories from friends about how their child used to love school, but now with so much homework and the pressure of performing on tests, they really dread going.

Education in Chicago: Reader, What Would You Do?

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

According to many authorities, fifth grade is a turning point. By the end of the school year, many of teacher Mary Jensen's eighteen sub-literate students will be well on their way to a life of crime.

Public Education Reform: Still Separate But Not Equal in 2010

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamara N. Holder

America's public school system is in shambles, and the poorest kids are the only ones underneath the rubble. Now, it is the duty of the administration to fix America's destroyed public education system.

Obama Proposes Sweeping Education Reforms, New Federal Commitment To Kids

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in impro...

Goddess Of The Week: Filmmaker Vicki Abeles

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

Vicki is a mom of three, and has a background as a corporate attorney and consultant. She is also a filmmaker workable solutions to issues surrounding America's education system.

Schools in Orange Jumpsuits

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Something has broken apart in our society. While testing is a reasonable component of the education process, pretending that evaluation is a hard science -- that you can reduce a child's mental growth to a statistic -- is not.

New Rule: Let's Not Fire the Teachers When Students Don't Learn -- Let's Fire the Parents

Bill Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bill Maher

Last week, President Obama defended the firing of every single teacher in a struggling high school in Rhode Island. Yes, America has found a new boogeyman to blame for our crumbling educational system.

Race to Nowhere: The Case Against Homework

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

Since the 'No Child Left Behind' policy has brought about a culture of teaching to the test, the students rising through our education system are learning how to be memorizers, not critical thinkers.

Education Reform: America's Third Rail

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Charter schools are seen as a universal panacea that involves no one giving up anything and no elected official having to ever really lead on the issue, far less take any political risk.

Education in Chicago: Mr. Secretary: Quo Vadis?

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

If Duncan and Obama really expect five million more students to graduate from two-year colleges, they must for the first time in history make our schools into thoroughly intellectualized, serious places.

From "Fired Up and Ready to Go" to "Tired Out and Staying Home"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

During the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush years the center of American politics was pushed about a hundred degrees to the Right. Obama gets elected and tries to move it about a half degree leftward and all we hear are screams of "socialism!"