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Race to the Top

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.26.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' test scores in this international exam?

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Arne Duncan Declares Victory in War on Schools and Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I found three of Duncan's statements particularly ironic. He wrote about his continuing commitment to a "spirit of flexibility," flexibility that is completely lacking in Race to the Top mandates.

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Has Done A Complete 180 On The Common Core

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but...

Tuning in to Teachers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard.

Education Reform: A National Delusion

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.

Education Policy Today: The Death of Gestalt, the Rise of Data and Why W.E. Deming is Turning Over in His Grave

Arnold Dodge | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Considering a perspective for educators to view children as more than the sum of their parts, seeing a learner as a developing entity, understanding that children are multi-faceted and multi-talented, is anathema to today's education policy makers who are governed by market-driven analytics.

Is Common Core Failure President Obama's Fault?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The state-led initiative was chugging right along, moving forward without any interference from the feds, when somehow, they decided to leap in. This is part of the current conservative CCSS support narrative. The story goes something like this.

Why I'm Resigning After 11 Years As A Teacher

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

I have sweet, incredible, intelligent children sitting in my classroom who are giving up on their lives already. They feel that they only have failure in their futures because they've been told they aren't good enough by a standardized test.

New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top'

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The ASA warns that VAMs and their simplistic interpretation may have negative effects on the quality of education. There will surely be unintended consequences, such as a diminishment in the number of people willing to become teachers.

Rebecca Klein

Minority Students Don't Only Get Less Experienced Teachers, They Also Get Less Effective Ones

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices

It's already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress r...

Why Race to the Top Worked

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

In spring 2010, Delaware was one of two states to win the first of Race to the Top's four-year grants, making this month's anniversary an appropriate time to ask whether the multi-billion dollar project has been worth the taxpayers' money.

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge: Use Proven Programs

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about evidence-based reform in education often founder on the question of financing. Who is going to provide the funding necessary to he...

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."

Racially Segregated Schools in America: The Bloomberg, Gates, Bush and Obama Legacies

Alan Singer | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The impact of Bloomberg, Gates, Bush, and Obama policies on school segregation can be seen in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Since 2000, demographics in central Harlem have shifted dramatically.

Still a Stretch: Why Race to the Top Spending is Stunted

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

One of the education issues that President Obama has been the most vocal in reforming is America's need to lead the world in number of college graduat...

Why I Still Go to Washington

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Are we that far off from our own American oligarchy, our own American nightmare, when our children, who have few voices in Washington, continue to be ignored? And what business do businessmen have telling teachers how to teach?

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

Joy Resmovits

Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama's 2015 budget request increases education funding 2 percent over the previous year, cheering many education advocates, and prop...

Goodbye Sochi, Hello Diaper Olympics

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

I'm worried when policy makers think it's a good idea to want very young children to "excel" in their early learning. And I'm even more worried about young children being "rated" in their skill development.

Cheng's Views on Chinese and American Education

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Notice that the percentage of Chinese eighth graders scoring "advanced" in mathematics is higher that the percentage of eighth graders scoring "advanced" from all other nations. After all, isn't the Race to the Top really the Race to the Top of the World? China sure is lucky. Or is it?

The American Public School Under Siege

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

A feature of the Obama presidency has been his campaign against the American public school system, eating way at the foundations of elementary education. That means the erosion of an institution that has been one of the keystones of the Republic.

Joy Resmovits

Corrected Results For These Schools Using Federal Money Still 'Depressing', Critic Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

After an outside contractor bungled an analysis of a major federal school turnaround program, the U.S. Department of Education has issued corrected re...