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A college says panic-inducing reports that it is failing are wrong

Mills College is a small liberal arts school in Oakland, California, that has had some press recently it says it doesn’t deserve. It is being compared to a small school in Virginia that is slated for closure, and Mills officials say that such a comparison is unfair and misleading — because it is not even […]

What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education?

What is the Wisconsin Legislature trying to do to public education in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state? State Superintendent Tony Evers has gone on record accusing lawmakers of moving toward new legislation “that erodes the basic foundation of Wisconsin’s public school system.”  How? By legislature efforts that include refusing to spend more money on public […]

A different college ranking guide

During college commencement, the spotlight is obviously on those students who have graduated — but plenty who start with the intent of earning a bachelor’s degree never do. Some don’t make it for financial or family reasons, but others don’t because they made a poor choice in selecting a college to attend. With rising high […]

Why we should diversify the overwhelming white U.S. teaching force — and how

Students have been shown to benefit from having a diversity of teachers, yet the vast majority of teachers in the United States are white and female. What can be done about this? Leslie T. Fenwick, dean of the Howard University School of Education and a former visiting scholar at Harvard University, takes up that question […]

Did U.S. News use the wrong data in its 2015 ‘best high schools’ rankings?

This is a post by three educators in New York who say they have found mistakes in the 2015 high school rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.  The three — Principal Carol Burris, Principal Sean Feeney and Assistant Principal John Murphy — detail where they believe the company that compiled the data for […]

Top teachers cite anti-poverty programs as No. 1 school reform necessity — survey

In January, the Southern Education Foundation issued a report saying that for the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students — 51 percent — come from low-income families. That statistic came from a new analysis that the foundation did — using 2013 federal data — on the percentage […]

Teacher: In my class, failure is not an option. It is a requirement.

This is the fourth in a series of essays I am publishing that emanate from a project in which more than 20 biology teachers around the country wrote around the prompt: “What is the value of letting students struggle in class?”  The effort was an attempt to give teachers an avenue to discuss teaching and […]

How one school created a healthy climate for students and teachers

Earlier this month I published a list of the 17  inaugural winners in the Schools of Opportunity project, a pilot initiative to identify and recognize public high schools that seek to close opportunity gaps through practices “that build on students’ strengths” — not by inundating them with tests.  (You can see the list here.) I […]

Deepak Chopra blasts scientist who criticized his view of evolution. The scientist fires back.

Last week I published a post titled “Scientist: Why Deepak Chopra is driving me crazy,” a critique of comments Chopra has said about evolution, a subject to which I pay some attention on this blog.  Chopra, who has millions of devoted followers around the world, was unhappy with the post and asked if he could […]

Wisconsin governor sued for withholding records on bid to change university’s mission

A nonprofit watchdog group filed a lawsuit in a Wisconsin circuit court against Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday, alleging that he is refusing to make public documents relating to an effort by his office to change the mission of the University of Wisconsin that is embedded in state law. Earlier this year, Walker submitted a budget […]

Should schools be required to address students’ trauma? Unprecedented lawsuit says ‘yes.’

Should public schools be required to directly address the trauma that many students experience outside of class but that affects their academic performance? An unprecedented federal class-action lawsuit in California charges that the Compton Unified School District’s failure to do so violates the rights of staff and students — but the people behind the unique […]

How not to choose a schools superintendent

The citizens of Montgomery County, Md., might want to pay a little more attention to their school board elections. The Board of Education appears out to lunch with its primary charge: to recruit and hire a superintendent to run the well-regarded 144,000-student district. Let’s review. In February, Joshua Starr, the superintendent the board hired just […]

Stephen Colbert to Wake Forest graduates: I’ll leave you with a bit of wisdom I picked up from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

It’s college commencement season, and, let’s face it, some graduates are luckier than others regarding commencement speakers. Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was one of the big winners, with the hilarious Stephen Colbert, who gave the following speech to the cap-and-gown-clad graduates on Monday, May 18:   Good morning. Oh, what a day. […]

He turned down every Ivy League school. Stanford too. Who is he and where is he going?

He turned down Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities, and, for that matter, every other school in the Ivy League school. He said “no” to Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt too, as well as Washington University in St. Louis and New York University. So who he is and where is he going? He is Ronald Nelson, […]

‘Never touch anything under a desk.’ Seniors pen funny, painful recollections about what they learned in school.

High school seniors around the country are wrapping up their K-12 education, and in at least one class, they are looking to assess what they learned, and facing their fears for the future. Jess Burnquist, a teacher and writer who resides in the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona, asked her students to write about […]

Asian-Americans file complaint alleging discrimination in Harvard admissions

More than 60 Asian-American organizations filed a complaint (see below) with the federal government on Friday alleging that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American students in the admissions process and calling for an investigation. Show More Summary

Virginia SOL tests disrupted by Pearson computer problems

For two days this week, tens of thousands of Virginia students taking year-end Standards of Learning exams have experienced significant disruptions because of computer problems — including a cyberattack —  involving the state’s test contractor, the testing giant Pearson. Show More Summary

Scientist: Why Deepak Chopra is driving me crazy

Deepak Chopra, in the unlikely event you have never heard of him, is a world-famous doctor who advocates for alternative medicine. Labeled by The New York Times in 2013 as “the controversial New Age guru,” and beloved by Oprah Winfrey, he has written more than 80 books, and has connections to several universities, including Northwestern […]

Why teaching kids to have ‘grit’ isn’t always a good thing

If you follow fads in education, you probably know that what passes for “character education” in this country is now dominated by the teaching of “grit,” helping students learn how to persevere and stay on task. It is taken for granted that having grit is always a positive thing, but, in the following post, scholar […]

Teacher: The important conversations we are too ‘scared’ to have

This is the third in a series of essays I will publish in the coming weeks that emanate from a project in which more than 20 biology teachers around the country wrote around the prompt: “What is the value of letting students struggle in class?”  The effort was an attempt to give teachers an avenue […]

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