Blog Profile / Class Struggle


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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Why kids are getting more aggressive on the playground

Here is a new piece from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, who has written some popular posts, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “A therapist goes to middle school and […]

You’ve heard the phrase ‘college and career readiness.’ But what exactly is it?

You can’t have a conversation about the goals of school reform without hearing the term “college and career ready.” What exactly does that mean? The answer is less obvious than you might think, according to this post, by  Jonathan Hasak, who writes about the need for America’s education system to adapt to a changing economy. […]

Will the new SAT be easier than the old one? A look at what the new test could look like

The College Board just released a sample of its revised PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is taken by some 3.5 million high school students each year. The PSAT does not count for college admissions, but is important for students hoping to win a National Merit Scholarship. And because the […]

Liberty University students say they were required to attend Ted Cruz speech

    Republican Sen Ted Cruz appeared earlier this week at Liberty University in Virginia to announce that he was running for president in 2016, becoming the first major candidate in the Democratic or Republican parties to formally declare. Cruz delivered the news at Liberty — the largest Christian university in the world — before […]

The emotional impact of college admissions decisions — on parents

Millions of high school seniors are eagerly awaiting the end of the long and grueling college admissions process, with the final April 1st deadline for acceptance or rejection by schools fast approaching. It’s not just an emotionally fraught time for the applicants, but for their parents too. How to get through it is the subject […]

Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

If you are looking for a job in the area of test development, there’s some good news. Pearson, the world’s largest education company, is advertising for test item writers and you apparently don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree. It is just “preferred.” Here’s the ad on the Pearson Web site: Test Development Job Opportunities […]

Largest for-profit university in U.S. loses hundreds of thousands of students

The University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the United States, has lost a few hundred thousand students in the last five years, according to its parent company. Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, announced Wednesday that revenues and enrollment had fallen in the last quarter about 14 percent compared to […]

No, Finland’s schools aren’t giving up traditional subjects. Here’s what the reforms will really do.

Plans to reform schools in Finland — whose students have been at or near the top of international exams for years — have sparked stories in the media saying that traditional subjects, such as math and history and art, will be abandoned. A recent story in the British newspaper the Independent, for example, had this headline: “Finland schools: […]

How brainy are you about brains? A neuroscience quiz.

We have  a winner in the 2015 USA National Brain Bee Champion: Soren Christensen, a ninth-grader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., representing the Washington, D.C. region of the competition. What is the Brain Bee? It’s a neuroscience competition for high school students in which 52 regional winners from […]

‘What I saw surprised me. But not in the way I’d expected.’

Ethan Andrews is a writer in Maine who spent a few hours with Waldo County middle school students recently as they were taking practice tests created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. SBAC is one of two multi-state consortia given a total of $360 million from the Obama administration to design new standardized tests aligned […]

Maryland Senate expected to vote on allowing parents to opt out of Common Core tests

A Maryland senator is proposing an amendment to the state’s fiscal 2016 budget that would allow parents to opt their children out of Common Core tests with impunity to the students and the schools — and the Senate is expected to vote on it as early as Thursday. Sen. Justin Ready, a Republican, is placing […]

How is this fair? Art teacher is evaluated by students’ math standardized test scores

Among the most absurd hallmarks of the high-stakes standardized testing era are teacher evaluation systems that assess teachers on the test scores of students they don’t have and/or subjects they don’t teach. Why has this practice has been going on for years? High-stakes standardized tests are only given in math and English language arts. So […]

Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia […]

Not my daughter: How one dad opted out his kindergartner from standardized testing

Steven Singer is a veteran  Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Pennsylvania with a masters degree in education. He is also the dad of a kindergarten student, and education advocate and a member of the Education Bloggers Network. In the following piece, Singer explains what happened when he met with the principal of his daughter’s school […]

Ted Cruz’s big mistake about Common Core

As anybody paying attention to the news today knows, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first candidate, Democrat or Republican, to announce his intention to run for president in 2016. He did this in a speech at Liberty University in Virginia in which he made a series of negative statements about the federal government. For […]

New student data privacy bill in Congress does little to protect privacy — analysis

Two U.S. legislators just introduced a bill in the House that they say is aimed at limiting the way education technology companies can use data that they collect about students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. It’s called the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, and its sponsors say it is meant to address […]

Teachers sue when school district rejects requests to take off Good Friday

Some Christian teachers in Rhode Island are suing their school district because they were denied the right to take off Good Friday. Nearly 200 teachers in Cranston Public Schools had requested the day off, as their collective bargaining contract allows them to request two days a year for religious reasons.  The district, which had to […]

Are we really at a ‘new low in the teacher wars’?

Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, recently wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post blasting critics of a multimillion-dollar initiative by the Obama administration to rate colleges of education. Serving as a cheerleader for the Education Department’s effort, he accuses colleges of education of seeking to escape […]

Award-winning principal urges legislators to say ‘no’ to Gov. Cuomo

Here is a letter that an award-winning New York high school principal is sending to every member of her state’s legislature in regard to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to reform teacher evaluation (for the second time in three years). Among Cuomo’s proposals is requiring  that student standardized test scores account for a full 50 percent […]

A weird grammar lesson from ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

Music video by “Weird Al” Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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