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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 […]

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 […]

Even more important than interpreting text

Marion Brady said: Common sense says we educate to help learners make better sense of experience – themselves, others, the world. Those Common Core Standards above say something very different, that we educate to help learners make more sense of text – words on a page. There’s no acknowledgement of the myriad other ways humans [...]

What the Common Core standards can’t do

A lot has been written about the Common Core State Standards, but here’s a different way of looking at the standards and what they can and can’t do. It was written by veteran educator Marion Brady, who has written history and world culture textbooks,  professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses […]

What the Common Core standards can’t do

A lot has been written about the Common Core State Standards, but here’s a different way of looking at the standards and what they can and can’t do. It was written by veteran educator Marion Brady, who has written history and world culture textbooks,  professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses […]

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 ?

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