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Special education teacher: Why it’s ‘idiotic’ to force my students to take standardized tests

This is the remarkable story of the challenges facing one special education teacher in New York City whose days are difficult not only because of the nature of her job but also because the system used to evaluate her and her colleagues uses the scores of tests her students are required to take — but […]

Parent: Massachusetts officials are ‘recklessly pushing’ the state into the PARCC test

Rebecca Steinitz is a parent, writer, editor and literacy consultant in Massachusetts urban high schools. She was previously an English professor and director of the freshman writing program at Ohio Wesleyan University, and director of the high school teacher education program at Lesley University’s School of Education.  She has been concerned for some time about […]

Text of Arne Duncan’s note to his staff about resigning as education secretary

The following is a text of an internal e-mail Duncan sent to his staff on Friday, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post: Subject line: An inspiring new leader for our extraordinary team Dear colleagues, I’m writing to tell you two things. First, what is for me some bittersweet news: after several months […]

Big trouble in Florida schools — and it’s not a hurricane

There’s big trouble in Florida — and it’s not a hurricane. A battle over Florida’s public education system may be reaching a tipping point, with school superintendents revolting against the state’s school accountability system and editorial boards of major newspapers now weighing in on their side. One, the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida,  is warning against […]

Feds didn’t carefully monitor $3 billion it gave for charters — and it just awarded $157 million more

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been called the most powerful education secretary for a reason. He has led a department that has been criticized for being “a national school board” because of its micromanaging states on some key education issues. Duncan talks a lot about “accountability” and the importance of making sure that schools […]

The 2015 World University rankings: Are these really the planet’s best schools?

The 2015 “World University” rankings were released by Times Higher Education in London on Wednesday, but don’t confuse them with the “2015 World University Rankings” issued in July by a Saudi Arabian group, or the U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global University Rankings,” or the 2015 “Academic Ranking of World Universities” put out […]

Her son began hating school. What happened when she found out why.

The movement among parents to refuse to allow their children to take Common Core-aligned standardized tests has been growing for several years in states around the country, with some 20 percent of eligible students refusing to take them this past spring in New York and tens of thousands more sitting out the exams in other […]

Kindergarten teacher’s fear: Testing my students into failure

  Robyn Noble is a public school kindergarten teacher in Providence, R.I., who has become alarmed at the excessive standardized testing of young children, as well as the design of the exams and what is — and is not — done with the results. Noble sent me an e-mail saying that her students will soon […]

Florida superintendents revolt: We have ‘lost confidence’ in state’s school accountability system

Florida’s school superintendents are revolting against the state’s accountability system that uses standardized test scores to measure students, teachers and schools. They just issued a statement saying that they “have lost confidence” in the system’s accuracy and are calling for a suspension and a review of the system. Show More Summary

The surprising things Seattle teachers won for students by striking

Seattle teachers went on strike for a week this month with a list of goals for a new contract. By the time the strike officially ended this week, teachers had won some of the usual stuff of contract negotiations — for example, the first cost-of-living raises in six years — but also some less standard […]

Pope Francis, it turns out, was a ‘little devil’ as a schoolboy

(I published a version of this when Pope Francis became pope. Here’s an updated piece.) Pope Francis wasn’t exactly an angel when he was a school boy named Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. In fact, a nun who taught said he was a “little devil” — but he eventually settled down and earned several advanced degrees. […]

‘Issues over the last decade have me really steamed’ — a history-making centenarian’s views on school reform

  Robert E. Simon Jr.,  the founder of Reston, Va., who recently passed away at the age of 101, was also very interested in public education and spent the last years of his life pursuing holistic reform efforts. In 2014, he had a conversation about education reform with William Berkson, a philosopher and authors whose […]

Five dumb things one educator used to think but doesn’t anymore

Michael Langan is an assistant principal in a Pennslvania middle school, where he  has worked as a teacher and administrator for two decades. In the following post, he details five ideas in education that he once accepted as true but came to learn, through experience, as not what he originally thought. This appeared on Alternatives […]

14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed’s family planning trips to U.N. and Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old pulled out of a Texas school in handcuffs after a digital clock he built was mistaken for a bomb, withdrew from MacArthur High in Irving, Texas — or, rather, his father withdrew for him while he was in California visiting Google, according to a Texas newspaper. The family is headed to […]

Why Catholics are fighting each other over the Common Core standards

The Common Core State Standards initiative has sparked a fierce debate in the United States that has dominated the public education reform discussion for years. What has been less visible is an argument among Catholics  over whether the standards are appropriate for Catholic schools. Some say they are just fine, while others insist that they […]

Who came up with these peculiar rules about preschools and child-care centers?

Here are some eyebrow-raising licensing rules, regulations and other tidbits about day-care centers and preschools in various states. These were collected by Noodle, an education website that offers help to parents and students to make better decisions about learning through interactive search tools and expert-authored articles. Show More Summary

On the passing of an unusual scholar

Michael S. Roth?is president of Wesleyan University and wrote the following post in tribute to a mentor of his, Carl Schorske, a scholar who passed away recently in New Jersey. Roth’s most recent books are “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters” and “Memory, Trauma and History: Essays on Living With the Past.”   By […]

Ohio didn’t like its students’ Common Core test scores — so it changed the passing grade

If you want to understand just how political the process is of determining how well students do on tests, consider this: Ohio didn’t like its students’ Common Core test scores — so it changed the way they are interpreted. Ohio just released an initial wave of results from the Common Core test known as PARCC, […]

Ohio Supreme Court sides with for-profit company over charter schools

Consider this scenario: A for-profit company operating a charter school uses public funds — that means American taxpayer dollars — to buy computers, copiers, desks and other things for students and staff. The charter school decides to get a different management company. Who should get the computers, copiers and other machines purchased with public dollars? […]

Professor: The mistake I’ve been making for 25 years — and how a ‘stupid’ e-mail made me realize it

Here is a rather unusual post, an admission of by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused on the brain basis of learning and memory, and today, it concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. […]

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