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Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Insider’s Perspective on Our National Math Crisis

The Huffington Post – Oscar Fernandez

“There’s a national crisis in math; the U.S. ranks 25th in math out of 27 countries studied by (OECD 2012), and 51 out of 144 in a recent World Economic Forum report on the quality of math education (WEF 2014). Though there are many potential drivers, there is one fundamental and often hidden driver of the crisis that is often not discussed: the way mathematics is taught.” (more)

Historic Milestones Present Opportunities and Challenges in Education

U.S. Dept. of Education – Meredith Bajgier

“As the school year gets into full swing, it’s worth reflecting on a couple of historic milestones that make this year unique…there are signs that change is under way, as shown in another vital statistic: the highest high school graduation rate in America’s history – 80 percent.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“In higher education today, only two things are certain: change is coming, and nobody knows what that change will look like…Currently, education is measured by completing a specified number of classes…Competency-based education does away with the defined duration and credit hours, replacing time with mastery.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Principal Turnover and Pensions

Education Next – Leslie Kan

“The U.S. Department of Education recently released the results from the 2012-13 principal staffing survey. Like the survey on teachers, principals were tracked as “stayers,” “movers,” and “leavers,” where stayers are principals who remain in the same school, movers are principals who transfer to another school, and leavers are principals who leave the profession either to retire or go elsewhere.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Education reality worse than numbers show

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL – TREVON MILLIARD

“It’s no secret Nevada schools are doing poorly, “remaining at the bottom of all those lists,” but that’s not the entire picture, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga on Wednesday. The truth is even worse than the statistics would have you believe, he added.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What the U.S. could learn from the Polish education system

USA Today – Sean Williams

“Twenty-five years ago, Americans like economist Jeffrey Sachs were running around Poland helping to turn moribund socialism into a vibrant market economy. Now, with the U.S. trying to fix its lagging educational system, it might just learn a thing or two from Poland, which…beats the U.S. on most performance measures.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thompson: Common Core Will Double Dropout Rate, Says Carnegie Corporation

Scholastic Administrator – Alexander Russo

“The single most important study on Common Core implementation was published by the Carnegie Corporation in 2013, but its key finding has been ignored…[they] estimate that the implementation of Common Core (without first establishing a level of systematic supports that would clearly be impossible) would double the nation’s dropout rate.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation

Forbes – Henry Doss

“What does it really mean to be “educated”? And what is the role of institutions of higher education?…Whatever your answers to these kinds of questions might be, the fact is that we are in the midst of an increasingly rapid transformation in education, across dimensions of purpose, content, pedagogy and methodologies.” (more)

White House symposium focuses on family engagement

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“A symposium at the White House Thursday explored how increasing family engagement can drive school improvement…“Children do not live outside of the context of their families. If you want to have a real chance for education reform,” said Carla Thompson, vice president of program strategies at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which helped organize the event, “everyone should understand they have a role in it.”” (more)

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)