Technology’s Unmet Progressive Promise

Maybe today’s technology can finally make a progressive teaching approach more doable for teachers and students in more classrooms.

Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters

Personalized learning will not help students if they are working with content that is below their capacity.

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.

A Strong Case for a Knowledge-Centric Curriculum

Why Knowledge Matters, E. D. Hirsch, Jr.’s fifth book on education, is as important as his first.

Should Civic Education Emphasize Diversity or What We Have in Common?

The key to creating conditions that sincerely celebrate diversity may lie in focusing the attention of our children on what makes us one country.

Cultural Literacy in the Age of the Hashtag

Last month, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the hashtag ‪#‎BeckyWithTheBadGrades began trending on Twitter.

How To Create Accountability Systems that Build Knowledge and Increase Reading Ability

Accountability plans must ensure that every student gets the broad knowledge and vocabulary that remain the unacknowledged drivers of language proficiency

The Case for a Broader Approach to Education

A broader education, including the arts, may be essential for later success in math and reading as well as the proper development of civic values and character skills,

Will the Decline of AP Course Offerings Spur the Rise of Course Access?

If we believe that the school you attend should not determine the limits of the courses you can take, then states, rather than individual schools, must step in to ensure that all students can benefit from innovations in online learning to access coursework.

ESEA and the Return of a Well-Rounded Curriculum

The sooner schools see building knowledge across the curriculum as Job One in strengthening reading comprehension, the better.

Curriculum: The Great Divide Among Education Reformers

For some education reformers, other reforms seem much more important than curriculum battles. Here’s what they are missing.

In New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Initiatives Threaten to Widen the Achievement Gap

Mayor de Blasio has shown a good instinct for identifying the right targets—early childhood education and reading. But it’s hard to be encouraged that either he or his chancellor knows how to hit them.

The Real Battle for Common Core Begins

An examination of assignments given by middle school teachers appears to show that most of the work asked of students does not reflect the higher, more rigorous standards set by Common Core.

A Pause in the History Wars

The College Board deserves a cheer for trying to stabilize the vessel known as Advanced Placement U.S. History

A Few Lessons That AP U.S. History Can Teach the Common Core

Yesterday the College Board released its newly revised version of the AP U.S. History framework.

A Day at the Khan Lab School

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

A Peek Inside the Classroom Black Box

Why is so little information available about which textbooks and curricula are being used?

Common Core’s First Breakout Hit?

Schools and teachers anywhere can download free materials from EngageNY, a comprehensive, Common Core-aligned curriculum developed by New York State.

To Boost Reading Skills, Restore the Liberal Arts to Elementary School

To be a good reader you need an understanding of literature, art, music, history, and the sciences — that is, you need a liberal arts education.

Common Core and Classroom Instruction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How decisions teachers make about instruction shape the implementation of the Common Core

Don’t Know Much About History

Some fret that states that make the U.S. citizenship test a graduation requirement may be tacitly encouraging schools to abandon semester-long classes in civics. I’m skeptical.

No Time to Lose on Early Reading

I share critics concerns that early childhood learning is leading schools to take all the joy out of kindergarten, but I see no reason to blame Common Core for that.

Behind the Headline: How Common Core Brought Attention To The Math Education Debate

John O’Connor takes a close look at some of the debates that are taking place over how math is taught in states that are implementing the Common Core standards and at the long history of debates over math instruction.

One Size Fits Most, Even in the Suburbs

A subset of white, affluent, well-educated parents have long favored progressive education. Alternative schools are a good option for them.

Is Common Core Too Hard for Kindergarten?

We can have kindergarten that is both play-based and language-rich. It’s what the best kindergarten teachers have always done.

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