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60 Years After Brown v. Board, Will Congress Revive A Dual School System?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

On the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, Congress is set to expand a dual school system. One bound by laws, the other deregulated. One free to select the "winners, " the other bound to accept all.

Do You Want the Good News Or...

Patrick Corvington | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

Pushing towards graduation is a worthy pursuit -- an important and achievable goal. And graduating 80 percent of kids on time -- phenomenal. But with these 12th grade math and reading scores, it does raise the question: What is the quality of these graduates?

Does Debt Forgiveness Work? Ask Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Corruption, natural disasters, wars, bad policies, and bad luck made it impossible for African governments to keep up with debt payments without cutting basic services to their people, who were already poor and getting few services in the first place.

Leadership: A Big Thing

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I sometimes hear school and district leaders ask the question: What's the one thing that we should do to help our schools improve?

What Powerful And Greedy Elites Are Hiding When They Scapegoat The Schools

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Instead of looking in the mirror, our politicians blame the schools. They say that we lost those jobs because our schools were preparing students poorly, not because the "job creators" wanted to export jobs to countries that pay their workers a few dollars a day.

On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?

What If You Could Learn Like a Jedi

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Matt Murrie

People change, beliefs change, systems change, everything changes. When education doesn't evolve with these changes, it affects our present and future.

What It Feels Like to Be a Teacher (in a Six Second Vine)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

We feel this sums it up as best as you can in only six seconds.

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.

War: The Cry of the Republicans

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Republicans are shouting for war. Unlike our forefathers, they are not fighting for democracy and equal rights, but rather for a plutocracy.

Sasha Obama, My Daughter, and the PARCC Test: An Open Letter to President Obama

Rebecca Steinitz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Rebecca Steinitz

The the Common Core State Standards won't succeed if the tests used to assess them are confusing, developmentally inappropriate, and so hard that even good students can't do well on them.

Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

How can the nation's "newspaper of record" be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?

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.

Special Ed and Heroin: Letter to a First-Year Vermont Teacher

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

This is an email I wrote to a Special Education teacher colleague in her first year. The text is more or less just as I sent it to her last week. Name...

Why God Bless the Child That's Got His Own Is Not a Worthy Education Policy

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Arthur Camins

There is something more explicitly elitist and anti-democratic in the new well-funded public-private partnership efforts to provide charter schools as a systemic alternative to remaining public schools.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

What Do We Call Opponents of Corporate Education Reform?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

For the past decade or more, a bevy of very powerful people have savaged our nation's public schools while calling themselves "reformers." It is perfectly clear that they have no desire to "reform" our public schools but to privatize and monetize them.

The High-Profile People Who Are Doubling Down on the Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

They can purchase publicity. They can offer talking points. But they cannot back their diehard delivery with evidence that the Common Core does anything other than divest American public education of its democratically-protected autonomy.

New York's Dumb State Budget

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

In writing the state budget, New York legislators totally capitulated to the billionaire-funded charter industry. The bottom line is that when billionaires talk, the New York legislature and Governor Cuomo listen. Actually, they sit up, bark, and roll over.

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part 3: Study Reveals Overwhelming Confidence in CCSS

Marc H. Morial | Posted 05.26.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

It is not possible to ensure equity and excellence if we do not have the same high expectations for all students and invest in them equitably.

The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them and the federally-funded tests that accompany them.

A Guilty Plea in the California Teacher Tenure Case

Dan Ross | Posted 05.21.2014 | Education
Dan Ross

As much as I hate to admit it, I was wrong. Teachers have millions -- perhaps billions -- of good reasons to be worried about an "AstroTurf" movement that is working against them instead of with them to improve our nation's schools.