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Educating for Democracy: A Modest Proposal for Standardized Tests

Joel Shatzky | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The controversy over standardized testing was given new focus by the recent Chicago teachers strike. One of their major objections was to having the Chicago Board of Education use these tests heavily to determine teacher competence.

Interesting (and Conflicting) Opinions: The 2012 PDK/Gallup Poll

Craig A. Mertler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Craig A. Mertler

The results of the 2012 poll were released a couple of weeks ago, and this year's review was no different for me -- our schools need innovation, but what path do we choose when our own opinions seem to contradict each other.

Why We Shouldn't Avoid Talking About Reform in Education

Greg Taylor | Posted 12.02.2012 | New York
Greg Taylor

Recently, a notable and respected community leader here in Newark, New Jersey cautioned me not to use the word "reform." Fair enough. But fears over word choice have to take a back seat to the critical needs of our students.

Race to the Top: Start With Strengths

Connie Rath | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Connie Rath

Today's students need to know what their strengths are -- and education leaders need to teach students how to use these strengths.

Segregation Now, and Segregation Forever

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Schools in the North are extremely segregated. And they were never desegregated in the first place. After living here for four years, I know now that most of the problems we are are talking about in education today stem from this one fundamental moral failure.

Don't Blame Everything on Psychology

Allen Frances | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Allen Frances

I have an offer for David Brooks. If he promises to stop being an amateur psychologist, I promise to stop being an amateur columnist. What Brooks doesn't know about psychology is a lot. Everything he says about it has a shallow ring, is misinformed, and displays the same bias and ulterior motive.

Shameless Shape Shifters

Gary Stager | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

My journalism has set out to expose the ideologues and profiteers engaged in dismantling the democratic ideals of public education. And yet, I just got hoodwinked by Joel Klein and the Rupert Murdoch-owned company he leads.

When Bad Students Happen to Good Teachers

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

There is a shared delusion driving education reform. The delusion is that everyone assumes better teaching means students learn more.

Standardized Tests Lead to Standardized Cheating

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Why all the cheating? In short, because the tests are too important, and because they test the wrong things.

A New War on Poverty

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

When I hear talking points, I see students in my mind. And I know that if we don't fight, and advocate, and write, and rally, Upward Bound and TRiO will disappear.

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

Obama Allies Erred in Provoking the Chicago Teachers Strike

John Thompson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
John Thompson

The Obama education policy certainly isn't an education policy! It is a political gamble designed to beat up on two of the Democrats' most loyal constituencies, teachers and families with children in urban schools, to show the "Billionaires Boys Club" that the administration could be tough on its friends.

Invitational Leadership: An Essential Guide

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.06.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Is the environment empty, sterile, and lifeless? Or is it warm, exciting, and filled with the personalities of the inhabitants? Physical environments are the easiest to change, and offer a direct opportunity for immediate improvement.

CPS Gets a Lesson in Social Justice

Matt Farmer | Posted 11.06.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The suits who run Chicago Public Schools never would have tried the stunts they recently pulled at Chicago's Social Justice High School had it been a largely white, middle-class school on the city's Northwest Side.

Why I Quit Teaching

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I quit teaching because I was tired of feeling powerless. Tired of watching would-be professionals treated as children, infantilized into silence.

Why Obama Is Losing the Battle Against Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
John Thompson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?

What's Wrong with Teaching to the Test? (Part 2)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

What I do know is that everyone is focused on the tests. Insofar as those tests are assessing critical academic and life skills, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but judging a student, a teacher or a school by those scores is not getting us where we need to be.

What's Wrong With Teaching to the Test? (Part 1)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Now I don't claim to be smart enough to understand the whole testing debate, but from a classroom teacher's perspective, it seems like everyone ought to relax and start with the things reasonable people can agree on:

The Win-Lose-Win School of Reform

John Thompson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
John Thompson

By now, social science shows how and why the win-lose approach of test-driven "reform" has failed. Now, we must document the costs of these political wins for corporate "reformers."

Celebrating 10 Years of Working Hard and Being Nice

Jennifer Davis | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Jennifer Davis

Attending the KIPP 10th Annual School Summit last week gave me the chance to reflect on my early work with KIPP, its intersection with my organization, the National Center on Time & Learning, and what the future holds for both.

'Going Stealth': A Complicated and Dynamic Family Decision

Wayne Maines | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Wayne Maines

It was a very difficult time in so many ways. Imagine a brother and sister keeping this vital secret at such a young age. Every day we worried that someone might find out and we would have to move again.

Make Me Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools

Dan Ross | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Dan Ross

If my experience alone doesn't impress you, then I present to you my Eleven Point Plan to transform the nation's 18th largest education system into the finest in the land. (That's right. My plan goes to eleven.)

Teacher Union Boss Bends To School Reform Winds

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education

By James B. Kelleher DETROIT, July 31 (Reuters) - In the maelstrom of criticism surrounding America's unionized public teachers, the w...

Public Education: A More Holistic Approach

Dan Cardinali | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

With 22 % of the nation's children now living in poverty and a persistently high unemployment rate, public education must reframe how it educates students to realize its purpose.

Standardization Will Destroy Our Education System, If It Hasn't Already

Eric Sheninger | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Do we want schools to squash creativity and reinforce a model that worked well in the 20th century but will not prepare our students for their future?