Category Archives: Education in the News

What Students Want Us to Know

In all our talk about education reform, why don’t we listen to the group who is most affected by our actions: the students? Many schools administer surveys to various stakeholders, including students, on a sporadic basis in response to state or … Continue reading

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College isn’t for Everyone

Over the past decade or more, policy makers and educators have focused intensely on college readiness programs at the high school level.  A well-educated student is one who has mastered the skills necessary to be successful at the college level, … Continue reading

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Developing Better Teacher Evaluation Systems

With many states passing merit-pay laws, it is imperative that we find a good method to evaluate educators effectively. A new report from The Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., says a way to accurately judge student … Continue reading

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Should Algebra II be Required in High School?

Quadratics, logarithms, asymptotes, imaginary numbers… Algebra II concepts can seem like a foreign language that have no relation to real life.  After teaching math classes ranging from 8th grade General Math to College Algebra and Calculus, I can say that … Continue reading

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Group Opposes Common Curriculum

The debate over a common, national curriculum with corresponding assessments continues.  A group led by critics of the new common academic standards recently issued a manifesto arguing against development of common academic standards.  The document, Closing the Door on Innovation: … Continue reading

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How Can Schools Handle Questions About bin Laden’s Death?

Teachers across the country are discovering ways to integrate the news of Osama bin Laden’s death into classroom lessons.  It is an important time to make learning relevant to children, many of whom were not yet born on Sept. 11, … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Excuses in Public Schools

I fear that an excuse culture permeates many of our schools.  Those of us in education find it easy to excuse low performance because of certain contextual factors, especially the low socio-economic status of students.  Schools and teachers really can’t be … Continue reading

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