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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.

Fannie, Freddie Reform Could Cost $685 BILLION

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Costs to "resolve" U.S. mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and capitalize a new entity to replace their r...

Do you Believe in Algebra? (VIDEO)

Karl Fisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karl Fisch

Is it possible to provide in a systemic way a customized educational experience for all students that both allows and encourages them to pursue their passions?

Raising Standards for Teachers in the Wake of a Crisis

Meredith Ely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Meredith Ely

As we think of the potential teacher shortage, we must keep in mind not only ways to increase the number of teachers, but also who we want in classrooms.

Getting rid of D's is great, if...

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Eric Tipler

When I began teaching high school in Washington, DC, I was shocked by how many of my bright, talented students were satisfied with C's, D's, even the ...

What is the Value of a Clean Future for the Gulf?

Erik Rothenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erik Rothenberg

According to estimates by the Flow Rate Technical Group, the team advising the government on the giant leak in the Gulf of Mexico, some 45-130 million...

Idol Season 9: Top 5 -- Aaron Swings On Home

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a week I found underwhelming, who will be the bottom three? I'd say Aaron, Casey and Michael with Aaron and Casey in the bottom two and Casey going home. What did you think of the singers and their song choices?

New York Cancels History

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Knowledge of history and historical reasoning will no longer be assessed, so principals hard-pressed to raise test scores can now concentrate on the rote learning of math and reading skills.

O, Brave New World

Lawrence Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lawrence Meyer

When readers start to think that the news they're getting is being shaped by profit considerations, their trust and confidence in the news declines. And it should.

American Water Company Joins Lawsuit Against Syngenta, Maker Of Atrazine Herbicide

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Danielle Ivory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The nation's largest private water utility company has joined a federal lawsuit that aims to force the manufacturer of atrazine, a widely-used herbici...

Our Real Health Care Goals

Erik Rothenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erik Rothenberg

Instead of looking for consensus on already politically programmed talking points, we could instead identify a high level goal that would be easy for everyone to agree upon -- "Universal Well Being for all Americans."

Fire Teachers and Replace Jefferson with Aquinas? A Bizarre Week in Education

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tipler

Tthe Common Core Standards released contain a notable omission: social studies. That's because the thorniest debates start when you start tinkering with that age-old question of who gets to write history.

China Executes 2 People Over Tainted Milk Scandal

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman Tuesday for their roles in the sale of contaminated baby formula – severe puni...

Do the Right Thing: NCLB and High Standards

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tipler

No Child Left Behind is fading from policy discussions, but it continues to shape daily life in schools in a very negative way. Capitol Hill should not forget about the law. Teachers certainly haven't.

Fake News Is the Real News

Roderick Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Roderick Spencer

It strikes me as downright surreal that Stewart and Colbert, and not the 'real' anchorpersons, seem to be the people on TV who actively adhere to concepts like fairness, primary sources and facts.

CDs: Willie Nelson's New American Classic

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Some of my favorite albums of all time were recorded by artists well past their prime. Willie Nelson's American Classic can be added to the list.

Why Are We Pursuing the Wrong Set of National Standards?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

As Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen's asks: Can our standardized system of schooling be adapted to handle differences in the way individual brains are wired for learning?

Robots in Education

Gerald Bracey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Bracey

Engineers have made great advances in robotics in recent years. Everyday-robots can vacuum rugs and mop floors. More advanced models can act as secretary of education.

Quality, Standards and Disclosure: An Inbox Overflowing

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Over the last few weeks, I had the chance to attend two different events that covered similar ground: a day-long conference on survey quality organize...

Microsoft Roils the World with FAT Patents

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Some wishful thinkers may accept Microsoft's claim that this is about TomTom rather than Linux. But this is a landmark assault into the most troubled and controversial terrain of the patent system.

Keep Education a Priority!

Marc Lampkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Lampkin

The need for improving our education system has never been greater. The rest of the world is catching up with us competitively, threatening our economic and national security.

The (Lounge) Lizard King: Happy Birthday, Buddy Greco

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Buddy Greco's been counted out more times than a punch-drunk boxer, and he bounces back every time. And even in 2008, he's still one of the best jazz pianists around, and a hell of a singer, too.

One Scattered Nation: A Pathway To Common Standards

Marc Lampkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Lampkin

America needs a national effort to raise education standards in every state. Not dictate what should be done in the classroom -- but states are not, competing individually in the global economy.