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What do standardized tests actually test?

What exactly do standardized tests test? In this post veteran educator Marion Brady  answers that question and its consequences for teaching and learning. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. Show More Summary

What do standardized tests actually test?

What exactly do standardized tests test? In this post veteran educator Marion Brady  answers that question and its consequences for teaching and learning. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. Show More Summary

What real learning actually looks like in class

For decades educator Marion Brady has been writing about what real learning looks like in class — and it frankly doesn’t resemble much of what you’d see today in public schools where standardized tests drive what and how teachers teach. In the following post Brady explains what project-based learning is and why it is superior […]

Mother's Day Episode of 'Instant Mom' Guest Starring Marion Ross, Florence Henderson, Meredith Baxter & Jackee to Air Thursday, May 8 on Nick at Nite

his Mother’s Day, Nickelodeon pays tribute to moms with the coming together of four classic TV mothers – Happy Days’ Marion Ross, The Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson, Family Ties’ Meredith Baxter, Sister, Sister’s Jackèe

10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

The debate over the Common Core State Standards overlooks the broad problems inherent in the core curriculum that has been taught in schools for decades. Below Marion Brady explains. Brady has worked as a teacher, administrator, college...Show More Summary

Why Common Core isn’t the answer

The Common Core State Standards have become targets for criticism from all corners of the political spectrum for various reasons. Here’s a different take, from Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world...Show More Summary

Cramming is indisputable proof of the superficiality of most classrooms in America

Marion Brady says: The Procedure: 1. Take notes during lectures, and hi-lite key sentences in the textbook. 2. Before a big test, load the notes and hi-lited passages into short-term memory. 3. Take the test. 4. Flush short-term memory and prepare for its re-use. … The Procedure, of course, is called “cramming.” Do it well [...]

‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education? Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. Show More Summary

The biggest weakness of the Common Core Standards

Here’s a different look at the controversial Common Core State Standards, from Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. Show More Summary

The right way to teach history

History matters, but you couldn’t tell by the way it is taught in many schools. Here Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years, talks about the problem, and the solution. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional … Continue reading ?

A quiz on America’s core curriculum

How much do you really know about the core curriculum that American students are taught? Exploring this is the following piece — along with a quiz — by Marion Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written history … Continue reading ?

A big unexplored idea in school reform

What’s worth learning and how best to teach it? This is the core of the following post by Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns … Continue reading ?

The right — and wrong role — for teachers

What makes an effective teacher? Here is a post on the issue from veteran educator Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available … Continue reading ?

What’s worth learning?

What’s worth learning?  Veteran educator Marion Brady tries to answer the question below. Brady was a classroom teacher for years, has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses … Continue reading ?

A REAL paradigm shift in education

American public education has been in trouble for a lot longer than many people believe, according to the author of the following post. He is Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks … Continue reading ?

Why all high school courses should be elective

The rise of the Common Core State Standards has fueled a long national debate about what courses students should be required to take and when. Here's an unconventional look on the subject, from Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years...Show More Summary

Why schools used to be better

It's one of the ironies of education reform that despite wave after wave, schools are seen by many as in worse shape as before all the changes. Here's a look at why from Marion Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written...Show More Summary

Nine questions about '21st Century curriculum'

If you have heard the phrase "21st Century curriculum" and wondered exactly what that is, you aren't alone. Here, veteran educator and curriculum expert Marion Brady explains. Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written...Show More Summary

The ultimate education reform

Veteran educator Marion Brady has a very different take on reform than the so-called education reformers that dominate the schools debate today. He has a big idea, which he outlines here. By Marion Brady Read full article >>

The 9th problem with the Common Core standards

A post yesterday, in support of the Common Core State Standards, is a response to an August piece by veteran educator Marion Brady that was highly critical of the standards initiative. Here Brady takes another wack at the standards. Read full article >>

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