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A new casualty of high-stakes testing: student teachers

And now, a new casualty of high-stakes standardized testing has been identified: student teachers. This post, by Jennifer Wallace Jacoby, explains why and how some college and university teacher training programs are trying to find solutions so that student teachers get the vital classroom training they need. Jacoby is an assistant professor of psychology and […]

Why the tech world highly values a liberal arts degree

Cecilia Gaposchkin is an associate professor of medieval history at Dartmouth College and assistant dean of faculty for pre-major advising, as well as a Public Voices Fellow. Gaposchkin wrote in an e-mail that people who work at at liberal arts institutions often do “a terrible job” educating their students about their value, and so, she […]

Is there a ‘right time’ to go to law school — and if so, what is it?

Law school applications have been dropping for years now are are facing their lowest enrollment numbers in years, prompting some to cut their budgets and change their programs to attract more students, as my Post colleague Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reported in this April 2015 story. It said that in the most recent admissions cycle, some 53,000 […]

The ‘mindset’ mindset: What we miss by focusing on kids’ attitudes

Carol Dweck is a psychology professor at Stanford University and a renowed researcher in the field of motivation. She has written important works, including the award-winning “Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development,” and has been published in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The New York Times. She is […]

Poll: Most Americans oppose key tenets of modern school reform

What do Americans think of key aspects of modern school reform? Not much, according to the findings of a respected annual poll. Not only do most Americans think kids are subjected to too many standardized tests, but a majority reject holding teachers, students and schools accountable based in part on test scores, the survey found. […]

Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school

I have published a number of pieces over the last year or so on the importance of allowing young children to play in school rather than sit for hours at a desk laboring over academic tasks. Here is a new post making the case for why less class time — and more play time — […]

Teacher: ‘ We know that what we are doing to children is wrong’

Some teachers in Florida are speaking out about their concerns that students this year will face way too many standardized assessments — even after the governor, Rick Scott (R), has admitted children are being over-tested. This video from Fox 35 in Orlando, shows four educators in central Florida being interviewed about the new school year. […]

Why pushing kids to learn too much too soon is counterproductive

  A new book by a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine says that the nationwide push to teach children increasingly more complex concepts at earlier ages is likely counterproductive. In The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child Is You, Stephen Camara looks at at  an emerging body of research and […]

New York’s Common Core test scores flop yet again — with 20 percent of students opting out

New York just released student scores on the 2015 state-mandated Common Core standardized tests in math and English Language Arts and the results were interesting. The scores — the third year for Common Core testing — edged up slightly from last year, but a comparison with last year is not especially useful, given that some […]

Wisconsin principals tell Scott Walker: Stop hurting our schools

Some 35 school principals from Wisconsin have sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker  — who is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — saying that state education policies and budgets are hurting their schools. And they told Walker that his war on “big government” isn’t really returning power back to the people but […]

‘Cutting arts and music programs is worth the savings': Sarcastic new #SaidNoSchoolEver ad campaign

Teachers Say They Have Too Much Money for Supplies- Sarcastic Hefty Campaign http://t.co/8mvRRrYOl8 #SaidNoSchoolEver pic.twitter.com/BEzGFPeEox — JackieGerstein Ed.D. (@jackiegerstein) August 8, 2015 There’s a new ad campaign that is sarcastic but funny and reflects something real: many public schools and teachers don’t nearly enough resources. Show More Summary

‘I refuse.’ — Teacher rejects Florida’s wacky new program to give bonuses to educators with high SAT/ACT scores

Here’s an update on a kooky new plan that I wrote about in Florida to spend $44 million to award big bonuses to teachers who got high SAT or ACT scores before they went to college — even if they took the test decades ago. (Fine way to spend millions of public dollars, don’t you […]

Are these really the best high schools in the country?

Here is the second part of an examination of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of high schools. It was written by Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. In the previous post and in this one, Welner examines the process by which the magazine ranked […]

Master teacher suing New York state over ‘ineffective’ rating is going to court

A veteran teacher suing New York state education officials over the controversial method they used to evaluate her as “ineffective” is expected to go to New York Supreme Court in Albany this week for oral arguments in a case that could affect all public school teachers in the state and even beyond. Sheri G. Lederman, […]

The consequences for kids when their parents work irregular night shifts — research

Having a regular schedule matters — especially when it comes to young people of all ages. According to a new research brief from the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute, children of parents working non-standard and unpredictable schedules are more likely to have decreased cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Who is more commonly affected? Blacks, less-educated parents,  and […]

Trump University: Why the N.Y. attorney general called it a scam

You probably won’t be surprised to learn, if you didn’t already know, that Donald Trump started a university, or at least that’s what he called it. And it may not be surprising that Trump University caused a lot of controversy — so much, in fact, that he is embroiled in two lawsuits over it. One […]

Teachers pose some pointed questions for next GOP debate

Teachers around the country were watching the Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland in which 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination sparred and posed questions on Twitter that they would like to see them answer. The next GOP debate is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, and here […]

‘In writing about school in America, I learned about America itself’

Mike Rose is a research professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies who explores the promise of public education and the problems of modern school reform. He is the author of  books that include “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education,” “Possible Lives: The Promise of Public […]

White House was ‘grateful’ to Jeb Bush for helping with Common Core, says former Obama aide

This can’t be a tweet that Jeb Bush is going to like. Daniel Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to President Obama for strategy and communications, expressed the White House’s gratitude to the former two-term Florida governor on Thursday, the day of the GOP presidential contender debates were held in Cleveland. For what? For supporting the […]

North Carolina’s step-by-step war on public education

Here is a piece by a veteran educator on the assault in North Carolina. It was written by James Hogan, a former teacher who is now a writer and a funderaiser at Davidson College aas well as a board member of Our Schools First, a local public education advocacy non-profit. He taught high school English […]

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