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No Child Left Behind

To Raise Test Scores, Plant a Garden

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sarah Garland

In response to pressure to raise achievement, administrators at a struggling New Jersey school planted a garden. They also added a peer-mediation program. Over a decade, test scores rose dramatically.

Margaret Spellings, Arne Duncan -- What's the Difference?

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

Nobody in power seems to be listening to what teachers have to say about how best to improve public education. If we have to wait twenty years for Arne Duncan to see the light, it will be too late.

Five Unconscionable Public Education Practices

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

The result of these practices is a tragedy of national proportion in which our student population falls victim to an education system that is, at best, dysfunctional, and at worst, corrupt.

Colorado Is Ground Zero

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Over the next 10 days or so, Colorado will sit dead center in the debate over how to improve public education in this country.

Winning the World Cup

J.B. Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
J.B. Pritzker

The truth most World Cup nations know is: If we start them young, we can compete and win. The key to America's economic future is educating kids as early in their lives as we can.

Latino Youth Are in a State of Crisis: Investing in Their Future Is Investing in Our Country's Future

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

Latino children in the immigrant gateway states of the Southeast have a high chance of being in low-income families and linguistically-isolated households, but have lower rates of obesity and incarceration.

New York Cancels History

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Knowledge of history and historical reasoning will no longer be assessed, so principals hard-pressed to raise test scores can now concentrate on the rote learning of math and reading skills.

Rebirth or Dungeon? Inside a Notorious DC High School

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

I visited the Sojourner Truth Academy for ninth-graders on Friday, June 18. When I asked a student who gave me a tour of the building what the best part of school was for him, he told me: "the teachers... but they're all leaving."

Stanford Charter School Fails to Make the Grade

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

How much more evidence do we need before we conclude that charter schools aren't the panacea for America's public education woes that so many believe them to be?

Our Children and the Crisis in Education

Stephen R. Covey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen R. Covey

Leadership isn't becoming the CEO or the few percent who will end up in big leadership positions. We are talking about leading your own life, being a leader among your friends, being a leader in your own family.

Where Did All the Money Go?

Tom Bremer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Bremer

Why isn't there more investigative journalism into how much money states spend on standardized tests? People are getting rich on public education, and I'm disgusted by how wrong it is.

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.