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Test to the Teach

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

The cart of testing is firmly before the horse of quality education in American schools, rather than the more appropriate other way around. It's creating an inertia that is all but impossible to change.

Rather than Race to the Top, We Should Have Started Fixing Education There

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

The Obama Administration launched a barrage of carrots under Race to the Top, when they should have started with a stick to beat America's Colleges an...

'No Child Left Behind' -- A Race To Nowhere?

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Teaching to the test, and overwhelming kids with content, while eliminating recess, field trips or project based learning has created kids who are stressed out, sleep deprived, cheating to get by.

The Real-Life Values Behind the LA Times Value-Added Teacher Controversy

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Unfortunately, the data available to the LA Times reflects only teacher performance as it relates to standardized test scores and not to the development of social and emotional competencies.

Bloomberg and Klein Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

When New York State reconfigured scoring guidelines to make standardized tests better predictors of student academic performance, passing rates plummeted, especially for Black and Latino students.

Seven Reasons I Really Dislike Public Education Reform

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

Race to the Top is more of the same. We need fresh ideas that lie outside of that box in which most so-called education reformers are currently packed.

American Indian Students The Country's Least Served, Officials Say

AP | ILEANA MORALES | Posted 05.25.2011 | College


America Left Behind

Doug Schoen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Schoen

It is inarguable that the quality and accessibility of public education has distinguished the United States from the rest of the world, and was directly responsible for our emergence as the global superpower.

Waiting in Vain for "Superman"

Jacqueline Kravette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Kravette

Davis Guggenheim, also known for "An Inconvenient Truth," shares a gripping and thought-provoking story in his new film about the plight of this country's educational system.

The F Word: Top Secret: Privatizing Fails

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While deficit hawks obsess over spending, private security companies, private spies, and private armies rule the tax dollar roost.

Good and Risky: The Promise of a Liberal Education

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

The rise of inter-disciplinarity has not diminished the hyper-specialization in the academy, and the resultant pursuit of status through esoteric language has deepened the gulf between humanists and the public.

Rand Paul Takes More Moderate Tone On Medicare After Winning Kentucky Primary

AP | BRUCE SCHREINER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Fresh from a tea party-driven win in Kentucky's GOP Senate primary, Rand Paul took a more moderate tone on Wednesday even a...

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.