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Public Education Reform

Tenure: Education's Friend or Foe?

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

A common public misperception is that tenure perpetuates mediocrity by permitting lifetime appointments for lackluster professors. In practice, the reverse is true: Tenure contributes to hiring the best and brightest.

Resistance to Attacks on Public Education is Not Enough

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Exposés about corruption, self-interest and corporate and philanthropic influence on public education policy are not enough. Pointing out the absence of evidence to support current policies is not enough. We need to reclaim the initiative as advocates for alternate strategies for improvement.

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

The Deafening Silence of Teachers

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

In any other profession, professionals are not retaliated against if they speak out about issues in their respective fields.

The Charter School Correction

Craig Hochbein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Craig Hochbein

The very things that make certain charter schools successful, when compared with their public school counterparts, ultimately will prevent their ability to eliminate achievement gaps.

Rebuilding the Great Equalizer

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Seth M.M. Stodder

America's balance wheel is malfunctioning. Instead of operating as the "great equalizer," our education system is making our society ever more separate and unequal.

Education Reform Without Addressing the Race Gap Is Education Deform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Rev. Al Sharpton

A child's life often hinges on the level and depth of education he/she receives. We must clear out the noise and bring advocates from both sides into the same room. We cannot continue to ignore the plight of our children, and we cannot continue to attack one another.

Overcoming the Assessment Culture to Achieve Real Education Reform

Dr. Richard Elmore | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Dr. Richard Elmore

Professional development for educators is a fundamental key to large-scale improvement of learning for children.

Public Education Reform Successes of 2013

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In 2013, the American public was schooled in a lot of things. The iPhone 5s brought even more smartphone technology into the hands of consumers, Paula...

There Are Still Some Lights On in Camden

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.

Failing the Moral Test

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I am disgusted with the way children are talked about in this context. Our language defiles the beautiful children in our collective care and demeans millions of parents who struggle every day to do their best in an increasingly hostile environment.

3 Ways to Improve U.S. Students' Standing Worldwide

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The latest international report on student knowledge and success worldwide once again paints U.S. pupils in a bad light. This is not the first time Am...

Teaching in Chartering: The Freedom to Be Better

Ember Reichgott Junge | Posted 12.30.2013 | Education
Ember Reichgott Junge

Chartering is one pathway that allows this "freedom to be better" for entrepreneurial teachers. Perhaps if chartering had been available for my college classmate years ago, she would still be engaged in changing lives of young learners.

'A Teacher's Cry for Help'

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Relying on worksheets, instead of educators, to teach basic skills is standard practice in all too many schools. The approach often leads to a disjointed and atomistic approach to learning, where students acquire skills but quickly forget them.

Teacher Warriors Encouraged to Apply

Sally Lee | Posted 11.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

When New York City's mass transit workers went on strike in 2005, they fought for the benefits of TWU members who hadn't joined the workforce yet. They would not "give up the unborn."

What 'Family Values' Really Look Like in Action

Debra Pickett | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

There are things about the safe, rural community where we now live that could not, of course, be replicated in our hometown of Chicago. But there are many, many that could. Quite easily.

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

'I'm as Mad as...'

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Having been close to education for the past 14 years, I've become more and more disillusioned as time goes by. From the view out my window, where I went to yell as Beale asked me to do, things have gone from bad to worse at every level.

Exploring Educational Trauma: The Pain of Learning in 20th Century Schools

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 10.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

From early laws in the 70's that promoted segregation of students to the epidemic that is bullying, we can see incidents of trauma everywhere in education. Educational Trauma is defined as the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against consumers and producers of the system. Victims of educational trauma may include: children, adolescents, and adults interacting the educational system.

I Think I Will Do That Surgery at Home

Rob Furman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rob Furman

What makes people think they can teach children better than the people who have dedicated their lives to the study of educating children? Why do people not trust the experts in education? I have a theory.

The Problem With Proficiency

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Others (especially reform critics) have made the same arguments countless times before. Yet an emphasis on proficiency rates over student growth is still entrenched in state and federal policy.

How Fast Can You Get a New School Open, From Scratch? Turns Out, the Answer Is Six Weeks

Judy Burton | Posted 10.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Judy Burton

How quickly can you open a new public school in Los Angeles? Do everything it takes to get a school open: Find a principal. Hire teachers. Buy supplies. Figure out the curriculum. Recruit parents and students. It often takes years.

Best and Worst Education News of 2013 -- So Far

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Larry Ferlazzo

More and more research was published supporting the view that, yes, our students need good schools, but if we're truly serious about providing them with genuine opportunities, what really needs to happen are major economic and political changes.

Listen to Mama on School Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Can the key to the success of reforming public education be as simple as listening to what parents and experienced practitioners know children need?

To Improve Teaching, Get Serious About Training

Stephen Chiger | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Stephen Chiger

It's time to change the way professional developers do business, because we're increasingly finding ourselves in the same marketplace. Before any revolutions occur, however, we have to get serious about managing the quality of our trainings.