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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)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Closing arguments in major California education reform case

The Christian Science Monitor – Daniel B. Wood & Gloria Goodale

“Lawyers made closing arguments Thursday in a California trial that could have far-reaching consequences for how teachers at public schools are hired and fired. Nine public school students suing the state say several education laws are so misguided that they saddle schools with substandard teachers who are then nearly impossible to dismiss.”(more)

Jeb Bush touts Florida’s education gains

The Tampa Bay Times – Jeffery S. Solochek

“Florida’s A-Plus education accountability plan turns 15 years old this spring, and Jeb Bush wants people to take notice. The Foundation for Excellence in Education, headed by the former governor, has launched a campaign to celebrate the milestone and Florida’s performance gains.”(more)

Friday, March 14, 2014

‘A Holy Curiosity’: We Can Vastly Improve Education By Teaching This One Skill

Cognoscenti – Dan Rothstein

“Today marks the 135th birthday of that great genius of the 20th century, Albert Einstein…One of the keys to Einstein’s genius was his determination to never stop questioning, to “never lose a holy curiosity.”…If questions are essential for learning and discovery, why aren’t more schools deliberately teaching the skill of question formulation?”(more)