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Atlanta's Lessons on Standards and Cheating

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

Atlanta's cheating scandal encourages the mindset that Beverly Hall spent her entire career in urban schools trying to change -- that poor kids really can't be expected to learn and succeed.

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: Atlanta Public Schools Shaken By Cheating Report | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that widespread cheating inflated Atlanta Public Schools' 2009 state standardized tests scores....

Testing: 8 Odd Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

Stylelist Home/The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

The summer months can often mean an influx of unwelcome guests. No, we're not talking about visiting relatives...we're talking about ants. And if you'...

The Play's the Thing

John Merrow | Posted 08.21.2011 | Education
John Merrow

What can we do to get the people in charge to wake up to the importance of art, music, drama, journalism and even recess? They're all being cut in the name of 'academic rigor.' And that insane policy is hurting children and youth everywhere.

Joy Resmovits

Few Students 'Proficient' In U.S. History | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

If you can identify one advantage American troops held over the British in the American Revolution, chances are you know more U.S. history than most e...

An Arne Duncan Speech I'd Like to Hear

John Merrow | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
John Merrow

This is a speech I hope Arne Duncan will give one day.

A Paradox? Or Just a Contradiction?

John Merrow | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Can a school be both good and bad at the same time? Is educational quality -- like beauty -- in the eye of the beholder or do test scores say it all?

I got an 'A' and I Didn't Even Study

Alex Mallory | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
Alex Mallory

For most students, the image to cultivate is that of someone who doesn't care, who leaves everything to the last minute, and who miraculously pulls off "A" papers and top test scores.

A Test Question -- Can You Spell 'Blackmail'?

John Merrow | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
John Merrow

How long before some savvy students let teachers know that they know what's going on -- and are willing to try their best if the teacher will agree to (fill in your own answer here)?

Charlotte Students: Too Much Testing!

Posted 07.31.2011 | Education

Many stakeholders, from experts to administrators, have opined on the future of America’s schools. But as more and more states pass laws tying teach...

Test Season

Meg Campbell | Posted 07.30.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

I couldn't help but take visceral note when deer hunting season posted each fall. This must be how our colleagues must feel when state standardized testing season begins in our school each spring.

Joy Resmovits

How Should New York Measure Teachers? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- As different states seek their own methods for evaluating a profession whose job security has long been determined by experience rather th...

Joy Resmovits

Just How Much Do Students Know About Government? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Can you name the three branches of the American government, their powers, and how other branches limit their powers? If so, you have a leg...

Joy Resmovits

Does America's Education Secretary Respect Teachers? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.03.2011 | Education

It may be Teacher Appreciation Week, but if online comments and blog posts indicate anything, some public school teachers don't feel the love from the...

A Pep Rally For Tests? What We Need Is A 'Prep' Rally

Will Richardson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Education
Will Richardson

It's not the test that parents and kids should fear. It's the loss of real learning that these kinds of assessments cost them.

Obama and Duncan on South Korea: What Can They Be Thinking?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Recently, South Korea's former minister of education warned Americans against praising the "educational zeal" of South Korean parents, saying that Korean schools had become too test-centered.

Putting The Rumors To Rest: The Truth About The D.C. Schools Investigation

Michelle Rhee | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
Michelle Rhee

USA Today's reports on the reliability of student test scores unfairly leave the impression district leaders avoided an investigation into possible cheating. Further, it implies cheating was widespread. I'd like to set the record straight.

Students Sound Off

The Huffington Post | Marie Preston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

"Students Sound Off," is an ongoing student blogger contest aimed at providing students a loud and clear voice in the education debate presented by Hu...

POLL: Should Students Be Required To Pass An Exit Exam To Graduate?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

By 2012, three-quarters of the nation's schools will require students to pass a high school graduation test to earn a diploma. This growing trend has...


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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.

Lessons From Finland and Asia About Real Education Reform

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

The Finns "trust teachers" and allow them to "design their own courses, using a national curriculum as a guide."

Do Tests Really Help Students Learn or Was a New Study Misreported?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Sometimes research is cited in ways that are disingenuous because anyone who takes the time to track down those studies often finds that they actually offer little or no support for the claims in question.

New York Times Promotes Latest Educational 'Gimmick of the Month'

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

The sticky problem is the removal of teachers for "refusal to obey rules." As everybody who has ever held a job knows, most workplace rules are designed to legally protect employers.

Points to Ponder About the Common Core Standards

Todd Farley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Todd Farley

If there's one thing the uber-confident if minimally-experienced education reformers can agree on, it's that this country's students need "high standards."