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'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

Are You Meeting the Standards for Adult Patient Care?

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

We often discuss the importance of vaccines when it comes to children, but as health care providers, we should be devoting equal attention to vaccinating adult patients.

Why I Took the SAT When I Was 45-Years-Old

Steve Belanger | Posted 03.06.2014 | Education
Steve Belanger

This week's news about changes to the SAT format that will take place in 2016 reminded me of my own SAT experience just a few years ago. The Critical Reading and Sentence Completion sections were up first, and I was surprised that I actually did okay. Then came the math section.

The New Common Core Assessments: How They Could Stop Patronizing our Students

David M. Steiner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
David M. Steiner

Those working with test design must stop patronizing our students in the name of an erroneous conception of fairness and construct rigorous exams that will send clear signals to educators about what they should teach.

Arne Duncan's Common Core Threatens to Standardize Burnout -- Not Learning

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.16.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Overworked, sleep-deprived burnouts -- that's the most likely result of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's vigorous promotion of Common Core standards, meant to standardize learning but, in reality, poses a serious threat to students' well-being.

Building Individual and Collective Expertise to Help Kids

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Even before arriving at Finlay Elementary in Miami-Dade earlier this fall, I knew I was going to be impressed with the school.

Solar Surprises in Illinois

Amanda Hanley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

Illinoisans may not be fully aware of the new solar realities or remarkable strides, but if we're ever to disrupt dirty energy, we need to take notice -- and take action as well.

Environmentally-friendly Forests? Well, Just on Paper

Steve Pociask | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Steve Pociask

FSC lists 38 separate standards on its website, and even these get enforced at various levels. For example, FSC has no limits for clear-cutting in countries like Russia and Brazil, whereas the strictest standards are applied in the U.S. What does that mean for consumers?

States Have a Choice in Adopting Common Core Standards for K-12 Education

Bob Williams | Posted 08.18.2013 | DC
Bob Williams

Some state governments seem to think that they can reach out with one hand to ask the federal government for money, while wagging a finger with the other hand to scold the feds for intruding into state education policy.

Texas Turns Back the Clock?

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.

Singles: Remember Your Value

Tanya Martin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Tanya Martin

Ladies, you must never think of yourself as an overstock. Yes, you may look around and it seems that there are so many single women and few single men available. However, you should never lower your standards in hopes of getting married quicker.

VIDEO: Industry Groups Insist on Charging You $1,195 to Read a Public Law

David_Halperin | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business
David_Halperin

Today, private organizations charge U.S. citizens hundreds of dollars simply to read a copy of standards they issue -- even though citizens are required to obey those standards, because the federal government has incorporated them into regulations.

Common Core Critics Want ALEC to Tell States What to Do

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 07.11.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Which is the true "conservative" resolution? The one that tells states what to do and demands a one-size-fits-all approach? Or the one that trusts states to make up their own minds -- without interference from Washington?

The "Wisdom" of Pearson's Pineapple Passage

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

If Pearson and Merryl Tisch were teachers being evaluated based on lesson of the pineapple, hare, and owl, they would both be rated "Unsatisfactory."

America's 'Crazed Egalitarian Slide'

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There used to be a time when we reached for the moon -- in our nation, in ourselves, and in our expectations of others. Then something happened along the way.

Standards vs. Expectations: Elevating Your Golden Rule

Daniel Scott | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Daniel Scott

A standard is a level of quality, something that is accepted as a norm, and generally used as a basis for judgment. An expectation is a strong belief that something is going to happen in the future, or a feeling that someone or something is going to achieve something.

There Are No Miracles, but There Are Teachers: An Educator's View on the Common Core

Teach Plus | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Ask ten fifth-grade teachers how they teach fractions, and you'll probably get ten different answers. That's the beauty of teaching. Will the Common Core State Standards change that?

A Civil Right to a Good Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We should make equal educational opportunity a federal civil right for all students. This should include the right to a challenging curriculum, well-trained and effective teachers, and the funding to provide these essentials.

How Tomorrow's Infrastructure Will Be Built

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Ideology is being replaced by standards. Never-ending arguments about privatization, who should own the electricity company, have given way to public discussions about performance, who can avoid more black-outs.

It's Time to Stop Lying to Students and Parents and Raise Our Educational Standards

Craig R. Barrett | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education
Craig R. Barrett

It's time to use honest assessments and do the hard work of getting more of our students to clear the bar. Together, we can stop the race to the bottom for American students.

Curriculum for the Ages -- How do you Measure This?

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Our students realized that the distance between age 10 and 90 is only an arm's length, if you open your heart and mind.

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.

Good Teacher Gone Bad

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In the end, I'm not mad at my son's teacher. She's just a product of the culture. A sad culture designed to create mass failure -- failing students, failing schools, and failing teachers.

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 3

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the third of five excerpts from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privat...

Two Subjects Missing in the Curriculum

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Seldom do the words aimlessness or empathy appear in school mission statements. They should.