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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Educational Reform. Why It Is Not Working

Psychology Today – William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.

“If money, revised standards and curricula, and high-stakes testing are not the real problems, what is? I think the real problem is that students generally lack learning competencies. Amazingly, schools tell students more about what to learn than how to learn. I think that such schooling has it backwards. In my view, the main goal of school should be to motivate students to learn and to teach them how to do it.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Four Lessons From Early Education

Education Week – Joan Wasser Gish

“Here are four lessons that elementary and secondary education could draw from the early-childhood sector as leaders seek to…reimagine schools capable of helping all children attain the skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century economy and society.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm

Education Week – Frederick M. Hess

“Around the country, cities already spend a lot of money per pupil—more than private schools, in many instances—with not much to show for it…More money can actually make it tougher to change stagnating school systems…For new dollars to help, they need to put troubled systems on a different trajectory entirely.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Splintering School Reform Movement

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“One of the great misconceptions in education is that the reform movement is monolithic. There have always been competing camps, often defined on ideological grounds. Conservatives and libertarians tend to stress school choice, for example; liberals are much more comfortable with an intrusive federal role.” (more)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ofsted chief: test nursery children in the three-Rs

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Children as young as two should be structured for basic literacy and numeracy as part of a radical overhaul of early years education, Ofsted will recommend…But the proposals are likely to anger many childcare experts who already claim that early education is damaging children by pushing them too hard at a young age.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Seven things kids need to read better (and raising standards isn’t one of them)

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“As the nation begins to roll out Common Core tests, demanding that children read at high levels of complexity, when we find out that they can’t, what are we going to do about it? Assign teachers a poor rating and fire them? Shut down the schools and replace them with new ones? Or are we going to acknowledge that if our students are going to learn to read, they are first going to need the conditions in which reading can be learned? And those conditions require resources, both material and personal:”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The arts are just as important as other subjects – and Gove knows it

The Guardian – Alan Davey

“By announcing that arts subjects will join the first round of reformed GCSE subjects to be taught from 2016, Michael Gove has made it very clear that he sees the arts as absolutely on a par with the core subjects in maths, science, languages and the humanities. They are part of the bedrock of a broad and balanced education.”(more)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Closing arguments in major California education reform case

The Christian Science Monitor – Daniel B. Wood

“Nine California public school students say the state’s laws for hiring and firing teachers has led to substandard teaching and education. They want the laws thrown out.”(more)