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PISA scores will be released on Tuesday; Richard Rothstein and Martin Carnoy write a scathing post about how they believe the US DOE will use the results.
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Elliott Seif is a long time educator, teacher, college professor, curriculum director, author and Understanding by Design trainer.
It's time for moderates in the education debate to speak out and deflect attention away from the schools-good, schools-bad zealots, write David Rutkowski and Lesli Rutkowski.
He starts out by bashing his critics rather than talking up the work he is doing.
Valerie Strauss lambastes Duncan here for his failure to see the essential flaw in school reform efforts: their reliance on standardized testing as a measure of success.
This summer was anything but quiet on the education reform front.
In this opinion piece, George Wood, a superintendent, reviews the state of education and suggests an attitude to adopt in order to combat the cynicism that plagues educators on the front lines.
The debate over Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech at AERA—and the protests it engendered—continues.
A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.
Mainers who have been paying attention should recognize ALEC's (American Legislative Exchange Council) signature on just about every education-related activity which has originated in Augusta during the current governor's term.
Two publications from the Carnegie Corporation make recommendations for reforming schools, especially high schools: "Opportunity by Design" and the accompanying "10 School Design Principles."
The initiative stigmatizes lower-scoring schools but gives them few resources to fix what's wrong.
A satirical look at education form. Like all good satire, it's funny, but also kind of heartbreaking.
AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the dangers of school reform -- and why she got arrested protesting school closures.
The latest report by the College Board on its Advanced Placement program talks a lot about the success of these courses. Here's a different look at the AP.
20 years after the publication of Jonathan Kozol's "Savage Inequalities" and here we are--pretty discouraging.
Also NPR story here: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/04/171113168/judge-rules-texas-school-funding-method-unconstitutional?ft=1&f=1013
Researchers try to find data to assemble a robust picture of school quality. They can't. What this means about school reform.
The biggest difference between education scholar Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's book, Radical, is that the first is based on extensive facts, the second heavily on fiction.
The Institute of Education Sciences reports that three separate studies show merit pay does NOT affect student achievement.
Annie Murphy Paul's review of Amanda Ripley's new book, "Where the Smart Kids Are" appeared in last weekend's NYT Book Review. Ripley describes the experiences of several American students who attended schools in other countries.
The table of contents for the May issue, with links to freely accessible articles (ask your librarian for access to others), of ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine. This month's theme is "Faces of Poverty."
Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.
Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on a public middle school in Portland, Maine that is taking a different approach to teaching students.
This story takes viewers through a year-long expeditionary learning process at King Middle School. Video and transcript.
The grades are out and that sound you just heard was the morale of 75% of Maine's educators plummeting. Educators in this state are already feeling besieged by shrinking budgets and students who show up for school with less of what they need to prepare them for success. The governor has created an unfair system for "grading" our schools and the results came out this afternoon. 75% of our schools got a C or lower. Links in this article take you directly to the "report cards."
Sam Chaltain compares the stories of two schools--The Mission Hill School in Boston and Harper High School in Chicago (recently profiled on NPR's This American Life).
Published on Mar 10, 2013
Published on Mar 10, 2013
In this rough footage from the upcoming film What are Schools For?, author Maja Wilson discusses the problem with school reform that ,on one hand says teachers are important, and on the other hand, disempowers them by micromanaging their work."
The Network for Public Education will call for curriculums that include arts and foreign languages, as well as better financing for schools and more respect for teachers.
We need a curriculum of big questions, examinations where children can talk, share and use the Internet, and new, peer assessment systems. In the networked age, we need schools, not structured like factories, but like clouds.
Whether you agree with Mitra or not, he has been awarded the TED Prize for 2013 for his TED talk about reimagining schools and the hive mind is all abuzz about him--I'm fairly certain that in the coming weeks, non-educators will be asking you what you think about this! Thanks to my friend (and music teacher) Teresa Gillis for spotting this.