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Race to the Top

Announcement Delayed: Which School Will Win Obama Commencement Speech?

CNN | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- Three academically competitive high schools from different areas of the country are competing for a lofty prize: an appearance and...

Tiny, Rural School Makes Finalists In Obama Commencement Speech Contest

AP | SHANNON DININNY | Posted 07.06.2011 | Education

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. — This rural farm town tucked amid Washington's apple and cherry orchards seems an unlikely stop for a U.S. president. Yet Br...

An Open Letter to Arne Duncan

Randy Turner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

"Data" and "accountability" are code words for an educational system that embraces the same kind of failed business model that put this country in the economic crisis it is in today.

Can We Teach About Osama Bin Laden's Death If It Is Not On The Test?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.02.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

How fortunate is it for students across America that bin Laden's death took place at a time when standardized tests have been completed for this school year?

Will Common Core Standards Make Students College-Ready?

Posted 06.27.2011 | Education

UPDATE: Since this story was first published, it has been clarified that 44 states and U.S. territories, not 48, have stated an intention to adopt the...

Add Trash to the Curriculum?

John Merrow | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Here's what I envision: Working in teams, middle school kids could use a phone to "map" their neighborhood intersections with photos that answer one question: is there a trash can on the corner?

What if Learning -- Not Fighting -- Were the Focus?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

When one looks back at the last 15 months -- a period in which school reform has been at the forefront of American life -- what becomes clear is that we haven't been having a national debate about learning.

Is This Innovation? The Trouble With Education Reformers' Claims

Gregory Michie | Posted 06.04.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

The "new reformers" have appropriated the term "innovation" as a descriptor for policy proposals and practices they advocate, and as an antonym for almost anything else.

Social Studies Get the Short End of the Stick, Again

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Because the federal government does not mandate history and social studies assessments and does not monitor the scores, New York is free to lower the standards in these areas.

Can U.S. Teachers Truly Be 'Nation Builders?'

John Merrow | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Are American teachers "nation builders?" Could they be? What tools does a "Nation Builder" (or any other builder) need to be able to get the job done?

In Public Education, It's the Family, Stupid

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dr. Jim Taylor

Early intervention is both cost effective and economically efficient. It has better outcomes than remediation because it's easier to prevent rather than remediate a problem.

If Gov. Walker Thinks Wisconsin's Illinois, Dream On

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The question still remains: In what backwards universe could adults allow this deplorable situation to fester?

Time for Obama to Become Our Teacher-in-Chief

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We need to have a deeper reflective conversation about what powerful learning and teaching actually look like so that we can start to realign our system

Diane Ravitch's Stunning Certainty

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alexander Russo

Ravitch's appearance will be another moment to reflect on the nagging unease I have with what she's saying -- and in particular the absolute certainty with which she is saying it.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Newest Efforts

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

While a staggering 91 percent of African American boys are below grade level in reading in third grade, this is not a racial issue. It's a national crisis: 83 percent of ALL low-income children are behind.

In Wisconsin, Scott Walker's Hypocrisy and Michelle Rhee's Lessons

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Wisconsin's teacher union has gotten a hard slap upside the head, and it has responded. Other teacher groups ought to take notice. The days of trade union dealing are over; teachers have to bargain for more than pay and privileges.

Empowered Parents Are the Solution to Ending This Race to Nowhere

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

The masses seem to have been brainwashed into believing traditional school and college are the only keys to success even if our children are sick, depressed, or worse. DEAD.

On Michelle Rhee, Cyber Bullies and Teacher Pay

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Dear Friends, This is a big week for us at Learning Matters, because of the unofficial release of The Influence of Teachers. It has received some won...

Try the President's Commencement Challenge

Melody Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Melody Barnes

The Race to the Top Commencement challenge is back and we're asking public high school students from across the country to tell us about ways their school is preparing them for college and a career.

Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as "defenders of the status quo." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Academic Success: More Than ABCs

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dr. Jim Taylor

Making sure children have the academic knowledge and skills necessary for educational and career success is a hot topic these days, all along the education and child development food chains.

Let's End the Battle of the Edu-Tribes

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

I want more inquiry. I want less demonizing of those I disagree with. I want more community. In short, I want my EduCon and I want it all the time! Who's with me?

Hearing One Another Out: Both Sides of the Argument

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

My joining the education blogosphere, even in my own limited way, connected me with more like-minded -- and not so like-minded -- folks in education than I could have imagined.

Racing to the Top of the Cliff (and Beyond)

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Steve Nelson

Will we ever learn? The latest evidence that the "Race to the Top" program leads over the edge of a cliff comes courtesy of the depressing results rep...

Public High Schools Compete For President To Deliver Commencement Address

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — The White House is offering public high schools across the country a chance to win a commencement address by President Barack Obama...