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Blog Profile / Class Struggle


URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/class-struggle
Filed Under:Industries / Education
Posts on Regator:649
Posts / Week:3.5
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Principal uncovers flawed data in her state’s official education reports

School reformers talk nonstop about using “data” to drive policy, teaching and just about everything else, which, you would think, would require that the data being used be accurate. The following post exposes a troubling problem with the push for “data-driven” everything — bad data. This important piece was written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris […]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s communications chief leaving for Teach For America

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is losing his second communications chief in two years. Massie Ritsch, the acting assistant secretary for communications and outreach, is leaving his job to take a new position at Teach For America..@ED_Outreach news: I will join @TeachForAmerica as civilian @MassieRitsch in January. Similar job. New challenges. Vital work. Long title. — […]

Texas approves social studies textbooks criticized as inaccurate and biased

This will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Texas and its textbook adoption saga: The Republican majority on the Texas Board of Education overrode Democratic members’ concerns on Friday and approved about 90 social studies textbooks, workbooks and other instructional materials, some of which have been criticized as being inaccurate and biased. […]

A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students […]

The six-step SAT cheating operation in Asia — and how to stop it

New allegations of cheating on the SAT administered in Asia on Nov. 8 have been made even as concerns are growing that plans are underway for cheating on the exam scheduled for Dec. 6. The Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT around the world for the owner of the exam, the College Board, is […]

Teachers: Do you ever get home from school and just….?

Teachers: Do you ever get home from school & just.. pic.twitter.com/gHz2Z8cvDZ @itsdariatbh @jshoreboston @BadassTeachersA @NYStateBATs @PennBat — C. Carew (@caren4btunity) November 15, 2014

Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)

Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses […]

GOP’s Kline smacks Obama over NCLB waivers, says administration ‘has not gotten the message’ from elections

Well, that didn’t take long. The Republicans just won control of both houses of Congress in the 2014 midterm elections and new skirmishing has already begun between the legislative and executive branches over education policy, in this case, No Child Left Behind. The U.S. Education Department on Thursday issued new “guidance” to states seeking a […]

States and schools with most and least student debt — in six charts

A new report from the Project on Student Debt says that seven in 10 graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit college had student loans in 2013 and that the average debt nationally was $28,400 — 2 percent higher than in 2012. The report also includes recommendations to reduce student debt and keep debt payments […]

Why a story about a school calendar went viral

Should Christmas and Easter (Christian), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Jewish)  and Ramadan and Eid al-Adha (Muslim) be included on public school calendars?  What about Janmashtami (Hindu), Gantan-sai (Shinto), Dalas Laxana (Jain) and...Show More Summary

China is sending fewer graduate students to U.S., but more are arriving from India

The United States remains a popular destination for international graduate students despite increased competition, according to new data just released showing that China sends the most to U.S. schools, followed by India and South Korea — although the flow of students from China declined for the first time since the data started to be collected […]

Are education groups really listening to their members?

“It is a recurring narrative about how the leadership in so many education organizations is more responsive to those in power than to those whom they represent.” That comes from the following post about how one particular organization, the New York State PTA, dealt with the requests of some local members over the issue of […]

What it really means to be a public school educator today

There was a big furor among educators around the country recently when Time magazine ran a cover that said, “Rotten Apples:  It is nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” The cover, accompanied by a story that was somewhat more nuanced, sparked a mountain of response, including a post by Nancy F. Chewning, assistant principal […]

The education of Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s legendary manager

President Obama famously said in 2008: “The reason I’m running for president is because I can’t be Bruce Springsteen.” Jon Landau could have told him there were better back-up jobs. Like his. Landau, 67, has been Springsteen’s manager, producer and friend since shortly after penning his famous May 22, 1974, article in a publication called “The […]

Why Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day

(I ran a version of this post in 2013 and a number of people told me they thought it was helpful, so here it is again:)   Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is […]

How Common Core could hurt Jeb Bush if he runs for president

On March 4, 2011, former Florida governor Jeb Bush ascended a stage at Miami Central High School to introduce President Obama to a big crowd of cheering students, teachers and education officials. Bush noted (video below) that he was honored to welcome Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, whom he thanked for his “commitment and […]

New concerns about cheating on SAT in Asia

Nothing has been confirmed but new allegations of cheating on the SAT are being made by school counselors in Asia after the November administration of the exam, ones similar to those made in October when scores in two countries were withheld. In October, the Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT for the College Board, […]

‘You can’t even buy groceries for $160, let alone run a school for 400 kids for a year’

  To understand just how much budget cuts have ravaged Philadelphia’s public schools, consider the discretionary budget — used to buy things like books, paper and other supplies — that the new principal of an elementary school discovered  he had for 400 students this year: $160. That’s 40 cents per child. The Philadelphia Inquirer in […]

The education of a best-selling teenage author

When Christopher Paolini was 15 years old, he started writing a novel that eventually was titled “Eragon,” the first in a four-book series that became known as the “Inheritance Cycle.” He spent two years writing and then rewriting the story and a third year traveling around the country promoting the self-published book before an established […]

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