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The Importance of Process in Achieving Results

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

I would not have been able to sustain and increase my interest for learning and thinking had I been only concentrating on the end result. The "process" and the "enjoyment of the process" is the key to success.

Good Riddance To The Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.03.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Common Core testing will turn out to be the money pit that consumed American education. The sooner it dies, the sooner schools and teachers will be freed of the Giant Federal Accountability Plan hatched in secret and foisted upon our nation's schools.

Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

U.S. DOE Believes Expectations and Testing Cure Disabilities

Peter Greene | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is just so stunningly, awesomely dumb, it's hard to take in. Are they that enamored of the magical power of tests? Do they imagine that disabled students are just all faking, or that the specialists who diagnose these various problems are just making stuff up for giggles?

Inauthentic Reading Assessment

Peter Greene | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The type of reading we demand students do on reading tests is a type of reading that isn't done anywhere except on reading tests. Well, and of course now, also, in all the classrooms that are trying to get students ready for these inauthentic reading tests.

Messing with Success

Elissa Stein | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

For many within the system, as well as to those looking in from the outside, New York City's specialized high schools represent the very best of what the city has to offer students and families.

Moving from 'Test and Punish' to 'Support and Improve'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled in Vergara v. California that the solution to the long-standing, complex challenge of ensuring all children, particularly underserved children, have access to high-quality public education is to strip teachers of their rights. Period. End of story.

Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results?

Business Group Pledges $500,000 Campaign For Common Core -- Who Will It Really Benefit?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.30.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Someday, maybe 12 years from now, they think, all children will be college-ready, even if they live in squalor or have no home, even if they attend overcrowded classes with inexperienced teachers. Are they gullible? Or do they believe the public can be easily deceived?

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 05.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.

Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.21.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This is crazy stuff, and it makes it difficult if not impossible to have a reasonable discussion about the pros and cons of the Common Core.

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all.

Testing is Not Trusting

Mike Robbins | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

In a session I had with my counselor Eleanor last week she said to me, "Testing is not trusting." I realized in talking to her that much of what I've ...

Education in the 'Twilight Zone'

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.

Deconstructing The New SAT

Jed Applerouth | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Jed Applerouth

If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better aligned with the Common Core and continue to assign equal weight to both tests, the new SAT will be in a precarious position as students migrate in droves to the ACT.

VIDEO: HIV Negative Men on Sex, Fear and Poz Guys

Mark S. King | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

It is meant to provide a forum for these men to speak their truth without interruption -- and perhaps help us see them as men stumbling through life as we all are, trying to make the best decisions they can with the information they have.

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The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

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Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

How can the nation's "newspaper of record" be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?

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.

Learning Differences in College: When Students Seek Help and When They Don't

Amanda Golden | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Amanda Golden

By the time students reach college, they are familiar with the kinds of challenges that their own learning differences present for their ways of study. Rather than trying to get special assistance, many students prefer to "just deal with it" on their own.

The American Curiosity Crisis

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

Everybody is scrambling for the quick answer, or wanting to know how to beat a test, which incidentally doesn't work.

How My Third-Grade Daughter Feels About Standardized Tests

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

As long as my daughter is in school in a town and state and nation where this is the law, I suppose she'll have to comply. But we're never going to pretend that we think this is a valuable tool.

Think Twice Before Jumping on the Anti-Testing Bandwagon

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Kati Haycock

Parents want to be partners in their children's education, but they can't do that very well without honest information about how their children are doing.

Whatever Will We Do If We Dump Common Core?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

If self-declared "reformers" promote non-CCSS education as substandard, and all of these "reformers" lack a CCSS-based education, why should anyone bother heeding any advice they should push onto the public?

Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This week begins the make-or-break, do-or-die standardized testing that will label your child a success or a failure. I urge you not to let your child take the state test. Opt out.