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Why didn’t this program aimed at boosting teacher effectiveness help students?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s multi-million-dollar, multi-year effort aimed at making teachers more effective largely fell short of its goal …

Education

Grammar rules you were taught at school that are wrong

Do you remember being taught you should never start your sentences with “And” or “But”?<p>What if I told you that your teachers were wrong and there are …

Linguistics

How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-tilted think tank and longtime staunch supporter of the Common Core, just released a survey of ELA teachers and some attendant conclusions about how the Common Core reading standards are playing out in actual classrooms. They offer four recommendations, and …

Education

Not all AP classes are created equal

Jay Mathews continues to be wrong in his Advanced Placement cheerleading [“Attack on AP by 8 Washington-area private schools flunks the smell test,” Education, July 16].<p>At Gonzaga College High School (Class of 2003), I took six Advanced Placement classes, receiving 18 credits at Georgetown …

High School

Curriculum is Power, So Co-Create it With Students

Since knowledge is power and how we present and what we present to students is derived from a variety of different places that don't always tell the …

Teaching

How a doctor inspired a new way to train teachers — and how that is leading to a new kind of school

After decades of training teachers in largely the same way, professors at the University of Michigan are making a radical change.<p>They’re moving to …

Education

Standardized tests don't tell the whole story. This author's viral tweet proves it.

What happens when you have a childhood dream to be a writer, but your test scores tell you it's not in the cards?<p>For Alexandra Penfold, she became a …

Education

The State of Common-Core Reading and Writing in 5 Charts

Teachers are assigning more nonfiction and teaching vocabulary in context—but they report using fewer grade-level readings in their classes, an …

Teaching

Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

Rachael McRae, a fifth-grade teacher in central Illinois, was sitting on the couch the other day with her 4-month-old when she saw the email.<p>"He was having a fussy day," she says, "so I was bouncing him in one arm, and started going through my emails on my phone, just to feel like I was getting …

Education

As rich children slim down, poor ones are getting fatter

IT IS mid-afternoon in Camberwell Green and the fast-food joints are filling up with schoolchildren. Some are in groups of friends, others are …

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

Rates of anxiety and depression among teens in the U.S. have been rising for years. According to one study, nearly one in three adolescents (ages 13-18) now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder, and in the latest results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk …

Parenting

Mentors matter: Good teaching really can be passed down to student teachers, new research finds

Do student teachers learn more when they’re mentored by especially effective teachers?<p>The answer may seem obvious, but there’s been little research …

Pedagogy

'Student voice is vital - don't let it be manipulated'

I have a problem with the pursuit of "student voice" in schools and colleges. For starters, lack of student voice is never really an issue in my …

Education

Why some countries are turning off the internet on exam days

AS LONG as there have been exams, students have found ways to cheat. Today the correct answers are just a few taps away on a smartphone. So countries …

Education

This Colorado principal saved a student's life by paying attention at the right time

<i>Here, in a series we call “How I Lead,” we feature principals and assistant principals who have been recognized for their work. You can see other</i> …

Education

I’m an activist for Asian Americans. I hope the lawsuit against Harvard fails.

<i>Katherine Fang is a graduate of Yale University, where she served as a peer counselor at the Asian American Cultural Center and as head of the Asian American political activists’ group.</i><p>As an activist for Asian Americans, I am skeptical of the lawsuit brought against Harvard University for the …

College & University

How private schools can use their power to advance education for all

Private schools have historically perpetuated inequality. But with a change in mind-set, it can advance education without having to leave people behind.<p>What is the relationship between private schools and the public good? Opinions tend to be shaped chiefly by philosophical commitment to either …

Education

Teaching and Scaffolding Student Talk

One of the strongest draws towards reading Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners has been the many research-based …

Teaching

What Ever Happened To Common Core?

You remember Common Core. First it was going to save the educational universe (and help lift a couple of political careers). Then it was going to turn all our children into gay communists. Then, most everyone stopped using the words. These days, it’s considered more appropriate to talk about …

Education

Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

<i>A version of this piece ran in February 2018.</i><p>Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.<p>One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.<p>But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So …

Parenting

‘They’ve Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform’

<i>Janine Jackson interviewed Wayne Au about the failure of Bill Gates’ educational initiatives for the July 6, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a</i> …

Education

The Role Of Empathy In Classroom Management

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You is an interesting and useful article in the Harvard Business Review, and it’s very applicable to …

High School

When Does EdTech Become Snake Oil?

Some folks tweeted some objections to my previous post about the five rules of edtech. In particular, there were objections to Rule #2:<p><i>Create the product that teachers want to use, not the product you want to sell (or that you think you can sell to administrators whether teachers like it or not).</i> …

Education Technology

How school desegregation efforts could change, or not, after DeVos's move to scrap Obama-era guidance on race

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw guidance dealing with race in school admissions last week wasn’t just about colleges.<p>School districts …

Education

How Red States Slashed Taxes, Cut Education Budgets, and Nearly Went Bankruptby Diane ravitch

Cut Scissors ? Free vector graphic on Pixabay662 Ã-- 720 - 142k - png<br>(Image by pixabay.com) Permission Details DMCA<p>'Anti-tax Tea Party Republicans …

Economics

How the lawsuits against student loan servicer Navient could affect you

If you have a student loan, there are some lawsuits you need to watch.<p>Navient, the country’s largest student loan servicer, is facing several lawsuits by attorneys general accusing the company of, among other things, steering borrowers to payment options that cost them more money.<p>Last week, …

Personal Finance

Trump administration targets diversity and public schools

<i>With help from Kimberly Hefling and Michael Stratford</i><p><b>TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TARGETS DIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS:</b> The Trump administration dropped a bomb on the higher education world late Tuesday just before the holiday, rescinding Obama-era guidance on the use of race in college admissions. But the …

Education

The Problem With Generalizing About ‘America’s Schools’

It’s an abstraction that has obscured the true workings of the country’s education system for decades.<p>Thirty-five years ago, in April of 1983, Ronald Reagan appeared before the press to publicize a government report warning of “a rising tide of mediocrity” that had begun to erode America’s …

Education

A professor questions the current approaches to assessment (opinion)

Alex Small takes issue with some of the approaches and aims of the assessment movement.

Teaching

South Carolina Police Union Whines About Police Brutality Novel The Hate U Give Being on A School's Summer Reading List

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of blue tears, wailing in the distance as a South Carolina Police Union gets all big mad because Angie Thomas’ …

South Carolina