There is no doubt that forcing communication in short, 140 character bursts coarsens debate and polarizes differences by removing subtlety and nuance. But there is an antidote to this corrosive effect of Twitter — meeting people in person
We can only hope that policymakers, teachers, and administrators understand the limitations of the grit hypothesis so we don’t disadvantage yet another generation of hard-working, gritty, and determined poor kids by not teaching them what they need to know to succeed.
Good reads on gifted kids, value-added analysis, urban school reform, and more
Thousands of unionized teachers plan to rally Monday [Dec. 9] in cities from New York to San Francisco to ‘”reclaim the promise of public education.”
The New York Times editorial board yesterday weighed in on why American students hate math and how instruction needs to be changed.
NCLB needs a variety of (obvious) fixes, but abandoning accountability is not among them.
If the superintendents of failing school districts were as adept at fixing schools as they are at making excuses for their poor performance, America would have the best education system in the world.
Special education is in need of a top-to-bottom makeover that nobody seems willing or able to undertake. But some worthy repairs can be made around the periphery of current policy
The SIG analysis released by the Department of Education is completely worthless. Looking at changes in proficiency rates tells us virtually nothing about the progress (or lack thereof) of these schools.
Rural public schools enroll eleven million children, fully a quarter of students nationwide. Yet, sadly, the challenges faced by rural educators and their students have received scant attention from national education leaders.
Charter schools, once little more than glass miniatures, are proving to be the toughest, most enduring of all education reforms.
Given a choice, decision-makers would do well to choose the option with the better odds of success, even when those differences are not “statistically significant.”
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Interstellar is a web application that features live, team-based, online academic competitions. Math teams can invite other teams across the country to an on-the-spot competition or can enter league play events like Math Madness.
I agree with the study’s authors that we ought to do all we can to make school information widely available so parents can make informed choices, but I’m still of a mind that some level of regulation is needed
What’s a better hypothesis for the lackluster math performance of our fifteen-year-olds? Maybe we’re just not very good at teaching math, especially in high school.
What should scare us is the low percentage of U.S students in the highest levels of performance in the latest PISA results.
The new PISA results are out and education charlatans of every stripe are finding proof of their own preferred policy solution.
According to a front page article in the New York Times, school districts across the country are cutting back on their use of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests as disciplinary tools.
The edtech market consists of numerous niche solutions that fail to provide educators with integrated solutions.
In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews argues that smart students will probably do just fine attending regular schools. Warren Buffett did! A study published in Education Next found that attending a gifted and talented program did little to accelerate the progress of high-achieving students.
A front-page article in the New York Times looks at efforts to enroll more minority students in Advanced Placement classes. Andy Mollison wrote for Ed Next about the explosive growth of the AP program and at whether the high academic standards of the program are being maintained.
Tom Loveless on NAEP, Emily Richmond on class size, Rick Hess and Mike McShane on the Common Core, and more
The U.S. Department of Education is partnering with the NEA, the AFT, Teach for America, Microsoft, and other organizations to launch a public service campaign aimed at attracting high-achieving college graduates to a career in teaching.
We’ve taken care of policy in lots of places but implementation is a major challenge