‘College and Career Ready’ Sounds Great. But What About the Kids Who Are Neither?

What should we do with these students while they are in high school? What education offerings would benefit them the most?

A Concluded Battle in the Curriculum Wars

Abundant research supports content-oriented curricula in the “softer” subjects of English Language Arts and social studies/history.

Behind the Headline: Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

Two giants of the blogosphere, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine and Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, have been engaging in an epic debate this month over the concept of “the culture of poverty.”

“Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material”

Is exactly what we should be telling a lot of high school students.

Alternatives to the Traditional

Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.

Navigating the Common Core

Complexities threaten implementation

Complexities threaten implementation

The Common Core Takes Hold

Implementation moves steadily forward

Implementation moves steadily forward

The Common Core Sanity Check of the Day: Estimation Is Not a Fuzzy Math Skill

Those who criticize the Common Core standards for asking kids to estimate the answer to a math problem get a few things wrong.

Knowledge at the Core

For thirty years, Don Hirsch has tried to persuade policymakers to undertake perhaps the one reform we’ve never tried: the widespread adoption of a coherent, sequential, content-rich curriculum. What might change the outcome over the next thirty years?

Strategies for Third Graders, Theories for Graduate Students

What could be more tedious and uninspiring than efforts such as “Students are taught to generate their own questions” and “Students are taught to become aware of what they do not understand”? These metacognitive strategies turn the reading experience into a stilted, halting activity, making the content students must learn a boring rehearsal. People love the humanities because of the content of them, not because of the interpretation of them.

Little Learners Need Better Curriculum

Any gains provided by a massive new investment in preschool will quickly fade away if Mayor de Blasio doesn’t also tackle New York City’s mediocre elementary schools.

Grit v. Knowledge: Round 2

Much of what we read in Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” columns would certainly justify Paul Tough’s applause for persistence and grit. But though certainly gritty and persistent, all of the subjects of the column show signs of having a remarkable background in knowledge acquisition (e.g. professional parents, high SATs, college degrees) probably earned their success by putting their grit at the service of learning.

Paul Tough’s Grit Hypothesis Doesn’t Help Poor Kids

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.

Behind the Headline: Who Says Math Has To Be Boring?

The New York Times editorial board yesterday weighed in on why American students hate math and how instruction needs to be changed.

Behind the Headline: Pulling a More Diverse Group of Achievers Into the Advanced Placement Pool

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.

What We’re Watching: Civic Education and the Common Core

A panel at the Manhattan Institute considers declines in civic knowledge and how things can be turned around.

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Wurman Testimony on Common Core in Ohio

Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution

This testimony was presented in Ohio by Ze’ev Wurman of the Hoover Institution on November 20, 2013.

A Playbook for the Common Core'ites: Part I

I”ve long said that the Common Core strikes me as an intriguing effort that could do much good. The past couple weeks, I”ve been struck by how fragile the effort is starting to seem and how clumsily the Common Core”ites seem to be responding to challenges. In the spirit of public service, here”s some advice.

The Common Core Conflation Syndrome: Standards & Curriculum

There is no Common Core curriculum, radical or otherwise.

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

Does the progressive vision of schooling work to help poor children gain the skills and knowledge and confidence and connections that will allow them to climb the ladder into the middle class?

What We’re Watching: Core Knowledge Curriculum in Action

The Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum, being piloted in elementary schools in New York City, gives students a broad base of background knowledge in addition to decoding skills.

By Education Next    Curriculum, Multimedia, Video  

Behind the Headline: Who Should Be in the Gifted Program?

In Slate, Sarah Garland writes about efforts to make gifted classes more inclusive.

Behind the Headline: Read It, and Finally, Don’t Weep

In New York City, the Education Department is dropping its longtime literacy curriculum as part of a shift to the new Common Core standards.

‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?

Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?

Choosing Blindly

How can we tolerate ignorance on something that is as critical to student learning as instructional materials?

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