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Six Ways America Is Like a Third World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human development -- key factors like how we educate our children, how we treat our prisoners, how we take care of the sick and more. In some instances, the …

The Maddening Truth About SAT Scores

The College Board, the nonprofit company that owns the SAT, announced a number of changes to the college admissions test Wednesday. In large part, the changes are an attempt to level an unfair playing field when it comes to test prep for high school students across the country.<p>It’s no wonder the …

3 Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test

<b>3 Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test</b><p>by <b>Judy Willis</b> M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com<p>What should a test “do”?<p>We know that tests limited to rote …

Bill Gates Comes To The Defense Of The Common Core

Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards.<p>At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder is lending his voice to save the standards. According to prepared remarks provided to The Huffington Post, Gates told educators …

The Future of Education: 10 Trends To Watch

It is that time of the year when we tend to pause and reflect. What did we achieve last year? What are the highlights of culture, business, technology, and trends that we have observed around us?<p>For me, the most exciting and positive movement at present is in the domain of technology impacting …

Homework: New Research Suggests It May Be an Unnecessary Evil

A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers …

Stanford research shows pitfalls of homework

A Stanford researcher found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health …

10 Principles for Leading Change

“Too bold. Not bold enough. Too fast. Not fast enough.” As school leaders, administration and teachers alike, seek to enhance and even redefine the …

Common Core learning curve

If a sentence contains the phrases "New York state" and "Common Core," chances are that somewhere between the two is the word "botched." New York and California have taken opposite approaches to implementing the new academic standards, which have been adopted by 45 states but are now the target of …

The Common Core's Unsung Benefit: It Teaches Kids to Be Good Citizens

The standards identify only three texts that every American student must read: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.<p>The Common Core has started to take political flak from the right and the left. Conservatives worry about the …

Now is the Time for State Policymakers to Embrace New Models of Learning

For the student in 2014, learning begins before the first bell and ends long after they walk out of the schoolhouse.<p>Whether editing wikis, turning in …