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Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

Rebranding Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The reform public relations spin machine has struggled recently as more families reject top-down micromanaging of their children's schools. Common Core standards were originally sold as a corrective to the rote instruction encouraged by NCLB. Now Common Core is promising "tests worth teaching to."

Davis Guggenheim Gets Schooled

Jane Williams | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

The Waiting for Superman director discusses what it takes to be an effective teacher today and his hopes for his children. "It would be the happiest day of my life," says Guggenheim, "if my son or daughter came to me and said, 'Dad, I want to be a teacher.'"

Tune In to Teach: A Conversation With Davis Guggenheim

David Wild | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's my brutally harsh interrogation of my better writing half whose work includes the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman and It Might Get Loud.

The Failure to Educate

Stanton Peele | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Aside from the results themselves, what is most distressing is that the United States has been preoccupied with the decline in its education standards and performance for well over a half century.

6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full Of Sh*t

cracked.com | Posted 08.12.2013 | Weird News

Waiting for "Superman" is one of those documentaries that made everyone who watched it instantly call their friends and tell them they had to drop eve...

Time to Stop Waiting for Superman

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.20.2013 | DC
Jason Stanford

There was no DC miracle. Browbeating students and teachers into raising scores on state tests only makes them better at taking state tests, and reforming our schools in hopes of replicating an illusion is a petty crime against humanity.

Cheering for a Mate in Two: A Review of Brooklyn Castle

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Hilary Levey Friedman

You might not know how to play chess. Or you might think chess is boring. But that shouldn't stop you from seeing a documentary about some special middle school kids who are pretty good competitive chess players and anything but boring.

Education Profiteering; Wall Street's Next Big Thing?

Jeff Faux | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Jeff Faux

The end of the Chicago teachers' strike was but a temporary regional truce in the civil war that plagues the nation's public schools. There is no end in sight, in part because -- as often happens in wartime -- the conflict is increasingly being driven by profiteers.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

Our Accidental Creation of a Charter School

Joe and Carol Reich | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education
Joe and Carol Reich

With the 2013 mayoral election in New York likely to produce a Democratic mayor supported by the teachers' union, education reform seems likely to join other major political disagreements in current U.S. politics, where the extremists dominate the debate and moderates have no forum.

New And Notable At NewSchools 2012

Alexander Russo | Posted 07.07.2012 | Education
Alexander Russo

We're still waiting for the Howard Fuller and Rahm Emanuel videos but, with the benefit of a couple days to reflect, here are some thoughts about last...

Teacher Job Satisfaction Plummets (Perhaps Teacher-Bashing Isn't Productive)

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

None of us would want to have our job performance judged on an outcome that we don't really control. But that's where teachers now find themselves.

Joy Resmovits

Who's Funding Michelle Rhee?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Politics is once again making strange bedfellows. A top Mitt Romney supporter and one of Barack Obama's wealthier contributors have a common cause: Th...

Will.i.am: Obama Isn't A 'Magic Man,' Holds Concert For Needy Students

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education

LOS ANGELES — Will.i.am said he hoped to raise $1 million for his charity that benefits needy students at a concert Thursday night. Instead, he ...

Baad, Baad Teecherz

Dennis Danziger | Posted 03.24.2012 | Education
Dennis Danziger

Sad that Nicholas Kristof is joining a pool of writers who are creating a new American stereotype: the bad teacher.

Education Reform: Where's the Debate?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Schools do not operate in a vacuum. Poverty has devastating effects on a child's social and emotional development. For our poorest students, just getting to school can be a challenge.

Stop Searching for Super

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Howard Steven Friedman

My thoughts on Superfoods, Superman, and Super Committees are pretty much the same. It's nice to pretend that there are simple solutions to complicated problems but I live in the real world.

An Easy Way to Help Our Teachers and Our Kids x 2

Davis Guggenheim | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
Davis Guggenheim

For a lot of us, the crisis in our nation's schools feels overwhelming and the problems too big for any one person to make a difference. But the other night it didn't feel that way. Here's why.

With Fierce Dedication To Their Art

George Heymont | Posted 12.16.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In the past year Americans have witnessed a new phenomenon that astounds and profoundly revolts me: the degradation and demonization of the teaching p...

Who Can Wait?

Jeanne Allen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Too many state leaders are still failing to do what they can to put laws to work in the best interest of kids. They boast of "sound processes," "collaboration," and various interpretations of law. They avoid the "fierce urgency of now" when making decisions.

Joy Resmovits

Education Nation: Teachers, Officials -- And The University Of Phoenix

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.27.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of players in the education debate hunkered down in a tent staked over Rockefeller Center's ice skating rink this week for NBC's ...

A Year Later and We Are Still Waiting for Superman

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.11.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Almost a year after the film's premiere, the American educational system is still not living up to its potential. Sure, education reform was the phrase on the tip of everyone's tongue, but most of the fervor and commitment to educational change has all but subsided.

Save Our Schools Rally Kicks Off In D.C., Teachers Invited To Meet With Education Secretary

Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

The four-day long Save Our Schools rally begins in Washington, D.C. today. The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, a joint effort o...

A Public School Teacher's Thoughts on Graduation

Ilana Garon | Posted 09.02.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

As nice as it feels to get something right the first time, there's no lesson in it. The accomplishments you'll be most proud of in life will be hard-fought, full of setbacks, errors, and -- yes -- failure.