The results of the most recent PISA test, a global achievement test of 15 year olds worldwide, released this week to spin and ballyhoo. Do you think U.S. students’ scores this time were (A) better, (B) worse, (C) the same, or (D) pathetic? Do you think these global rankings (A) matter, (B) don't matter, (C) matter somewhat, or (D) are rigged by China? I won’t tell you my answers because below you will find news and op-eds that make a case for each
NEW YORK -- Charter schools remain the subject of intense debate, particularly in New York City, where incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) won on a platform that was explicitly less friendly toward such schools than the policies of the outgoing mayor...
A few weeks ago Daniel Willingham, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia, wrote a belated review of Paul Tough’s 2012 best-seller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.Though short, Willingham’s review deserves mention because the subject that Tough’s book addresses is not dead – if anything, the linking of grit and character to future success has become more pervasive than ever...
Education Secretary Arne Duncan realized fairly quickly that he had stumbled.
He had just told a gathering of state superintendents of education that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against the Common Core academic standards — new guidelines for math and language arts instruction — because their kids had done poorly on the tough new tests.
Melinda Gates, one of the most influential women in American education, said this week she gives the U.S. public school system a C-plus, but adds there are spots of improvement that give her optimism for the future.
This week marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, and, depend on it, there’s an app for that! Even though Mayor Bloomberg was not on the ballot in this week's elections, his brand of education reforms came before citizens throughout the nation in state initiatives and local school board races. Joy Resmovits reports on how his style of free market policies fared.
Parents, here’s a question: What is NAEP? If you said, “the nation’s report card," that counts as a correct answer even though the initials don't match "National Assessment of Educational Progress." Results for the 2013 assessment came out this past week and remarkably they support both poles of education reform. So, everyone can keep arguing.
Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can't change.