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Each senior at Camden charter school applied, on average, to more than 45 colleges

A Camden, N.J., charter school encouraged each one of its seniors to send a lot of college applications, and by a lot, we are talking about A LOT — an average of more than 45 per student. One student sent out more than 70. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in this article that administrators at LEAP Academy […]

How to teach students not to do everything they are told

It is commonly said that today’s children are spoiled and self-entitled because their parents are overly protective (while at the same, somehow, too lenient). This common wisdom has been repeatedly challenged by educator and writer Alfie Kohn, (,  author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional […]

How school reform stacks up against Grade 5 Common Core test standards. (Hint: not well.)

Scott Levy is a parent of children with attend New York state public schools. From February 2014 through February 2015, he was a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, during which he analyzed the rollout of the federal Race to the Top program in in New York State. In the following post, Levy […]

More than a dozen states report trouble with computerized Common Core tests

This is the first spring of Common Core standardized testing across the country (as previous posts have noted), and a number of states have reported problems administering the computer-based exams.  Here is a list of headlines from publications around the country revealing the scope of the difficulties, compiled by the National Center for Fair and […]

Teacher: What I wish everyone knew about working in a high-needs school

The following post was written by a fifth-year English teacher in a Title 1 middle school who blogs anonymously at the loveteachblog. It captures both the joys and overwhelming burdens of working in an under-resourced school with a large population of high-risk students  and in a system that makes it difficult for teachers and students […]

Why it’s so scary that test prep works

Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog. In the last she was written a number of pieces documenting her own evolution into education activism, including one published last year titled, “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong,” and another […]

Miami-Dade, fourth largest U.S. school district, dumps 290 standardized tests

The superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school district, Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade public schools in Florida, just announced what he called “the most aggressive decommissioning of testing in the state of Florida, if not in the country.” He said on Thursday that he was cutting the number of  district-developed end-of-course exams from 300 to […]

Jon Stewart: Cheating teachers go to jail. Cheating Wall Streeters don’t. What’s up with that?

This is one of those videos that make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. I you didn’t watch it, take a few minutes, and if you did see it, watch it again and see what you missed amid the layers of deep analysis for which “The Daily Show” is known. Jon […]

How teachers want to evaluate their students

Kathryn Mitchell Pierce is a literacy teacher at Wydown Middle School in the Clayton School District in Missouri, where she has been working since 2003. She has taught in elementary school as well as at the university level, and has written extensively on the role of talk in literature study, as well as about children’s […]

Must today’s eighth-graders know three ways animals survive in cold winters? How to renovate the instructional core.

When was the last time you saw a high school senior running down the hallway, high-fiving his classmates about schoolwork? That’s the start of the following post about what kind of instruction makes sense in the 21st Century. It was written by Tyler S. Thigpen, who has worked in public, private, and charter schools in […]

N.Y. teachers union blasting Cuomo in new multimillion-dollar ad campaign

The United Federation of Teachers in New York is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign  blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for education policies that have sparked a protest movement among parents and educators. The union said the campaign began Tuesday with a 30-second ad in the New York City area  and moving to the rest of the […]

Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about U.S. school reform (it isn’t good))

The previous post is an excerpt from a new book by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, titled “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Changing Education.” Changing education is what Robinson has been all about for some years, as a professor, author, and adviser to governments and numerous nonprofit organizations around the world. From 1985 […]

How to really change education — excerpt from Sir Ken Robinson’s new book

In 2006, the internationally known educator Sir Ken Robinson gave a TED talk — titled “How schools kill creativity” — that became the most popular of all time, with more than 32.6 million views to date. Robinson, who has worked in education for some 40 years, published a new book on Tuesday that expands on […]

Letting kids struggle in school: When is it too much of a useful thing?

This is the first in a series of essays I will publish in the coming weeks that emanated 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 […]

What is the value of letting students struggle in class? Teachers answer.

This past fall, a group of more than 20 biology teachers around the country began an original project in which each would write an essay around the prompt: “What is the value of letting students struggle in class?” The result: more than 200 pages of essays written by teachers about teaching, all peer-reviewed by other […]

Smart video games can assess kids better than standardized tests, a new book says

  A new book is being released on Tuesday titled “The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.” If you doubt the title, read this post — and then the book. It was written by Greg Toppo, USA Today’s national K-12 education writer, who spent eight years as a teacher […]

What the future of science education should look like

Science is one of those subjects that everybody agrees is of the highest importance but somehow manages to get short shrift when it comes to policy. In the following post, Arthur H. Camins looks at where science education has been and what it should look like. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation […]

Educators alarmed by some questions on N.Y. Common Core tests

I wrote a post yesterday saying education activists were reporting more than 175,000 New York students had opted out of Common Core English Language Arts exams given last week — and many more districts were still unheard from.  New York is at the center of a growing movement among parents around the country to protest […]

What psychology tells us about student achievement — and how it is ignored

Modern school reform has focused primarily on “accountability” measures — or, how to hold students, teachers, principals, schools and districts “accountable” for higher standardized-test scores, but, unfortunately has failed to look at many of the real problems children face in their classrooms. The following post, by Geoffrey L. Cohen and Sara Goldrick-Rab, looks at some […]

School apologizes after inviting all girls to wear a hijab for a day

A public high school in Mason, Ohio, has apologized for an event called the “Covered For a Day” that encouraged all girls to wear a hijab — a head scarf worn by Islamic women — as a cultural awareness activity. The event was supposed to take place at the 830-student, high-performing school on Thursday, but has been […]

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