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Something In Me Snapped Today: No More ‘Education Reform’

Education Reform

How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America. By early 2008, many of the nation’s top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support.<p>But that wasn’t enough. The duo needed money — tens of millions of dollars, at …

10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook

1). Paper is getting more and more expensive and textbooks frankly aren't very environmentally friendly.<p>2). Because the typical history book has just …

“Not Interested in Being #1:” Shanghai May Ditch PISA

“Not interested in #1 on International Tests, Focusing on Reducing Academic Burden: Shanghai May Drop Out of PISA” is the headline of a story in</i> …

The Failure of Test-Based Accountability

In my last blog, I pointed to the data that shows that, after 10 years of federal education policies based on test-based accountability, there has …

Education

High school grading: Mastery v. handing things in

One of the students in my data-driven decision-making class (for discussion purposes, let’s call her ‘Jen’) posted this in our online discussion area:<p>…

Teaching

College President: SAT Is Part Hoax, Part Fraud

The changes recently announced by the College Board to its SAT college entrance exam bring to mind the familiar phrase “too little, too late.” The …

Vacation Reading: 9 Great Education Articles From 2013

Stories about iPads, high-school dropouts, standardized testing, and more<p>Sometimes, it takes a longer article to illuminate something as complex as education in America. Here are nine articles from 2013, covering everything from public policy to teaching practice. Many of the lessons highlighted by …

Here's the truth about Shanghai schools: they're terrible

Shanghai tops the Pisa rankings thanks to their focus on test-taking. Their model would be a nightmare for US schools<p>The western world watches China's rise as a formidable world-power with a mixture of awe and apprehension. Sci-fi films depict a futuristic world where Baidu.com is the new Google …

Some states get cold feet as Common Core testing draws near

Beginning in March, more than four million students will serve as guinea pigs for the English and math tests for the Common Core, a set of standards adopted by almost every state that map out what students should know and be able to do in each grade.<p>Ultimately, Common Core tests will be used to …

Nonprofits

For Arne Duncan, the Buck Stops Over There

<b>Guest post by Jake Cooper.</b><p>President Truman famously kept a sign in the oval office that read, "The buck stops here." Leadership leads, in large part, …

Education

The coming Common Core meltdown

In the following post, veteran educator Stan Karp explains why the problems surrounding the implementation of the Common Core are less about the substance of the standards and more about the context in which they were introduced. Karp taught English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years …

Colar Mix in the Classroom: Lesson Tips and Ideas

Teaching

David Coleman 2 Years Ago: We Were a Collection of Unqualified People

There is video of a speech that David Coleman gave at 2011 Institute for Learning Senior Leadership Meeting that is now making the rounds on …

Solving the 'Boy Crisis' in Schools

This past week, the National Council of Teachers of English announced the winners of this year's Promising Young Writers competition. Out of hundreds of entries, 51 8th graders from a dozen states received awards. My son, Zachary, an 8th grader at Poly Prep, in Brooklyn, was one of them. Of the …

Gender

NAPLAN, HSC will not help students succeed in real life

Media and politicians claim Australian education is in decline whenever results of international assessments are released. The Australian Council for …

OECD

My View of the PISA Scores

The news reports say that the test scores of American students on the latest PISA test are “stagnant,” “lagging,” “flat,” etc.<p>The U.S. Department of …

U.S. Dept. of Education

6 Things You Learned in School that Don’t Apply in the Real World

<i>This is a guest post by Daniel Wong.</i><p>If you’re a student, do you ever feel like what you’re learning in school isn’t relevant to the “real world”?<p>Or …

Teaching

Boys On Their Own, Or Why Schools are Failing Boys

Here’s a statistic that shouldn’t be: teenage boys are three to four times more likely to take their own lives than girls are. Granted, the research …

Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to His Son’s Teacher

Update: So it isn’t really by old Honest Abe. Still pretty cool.<p><b>Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to His Son’s Teacher</b><p><b>A Letter to My Son’s Teacher</b><p>He will have …

6 Strategies For Engaging Boys In The Classroom

Do students need to learn lower-level factual and procedural knowledge before they can do higher-order thinking?

There is a prevailing conception that students must learn facts and procedural knowledge BEFORE they can then engage in so-called ‘higher-order’ …

The Perils of Standardized Testing: 6 Ways It Harms Learning - InformED

What would you guess it takes to be hired at Google? A computer science degree? Academic prowess? The ability to arrive quickly and confidently at …

Australian Universities