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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)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Education’s Endless, Erroneous Either-Ors

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“The K–12 education world brims with debates and dichotomies that get us into all manner of needless quarrels and cul-de-sacs, thus messing up every reform initiative and retarding progress. In every case, both sides are certain that they speak the whole truth; convinced that opposing views are misguided, perhaps even evil; and insistent that changes the system needs will go awry unless their side prevails.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Finland working to expand early education

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Finland often ranks among the highest-performing countries on international math and reading tests. The Nordic nation gets results despite one surprising fact — compulsory schooling does not start until age 7…It turns out that Finland is also working to expand early education…”(more)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Katie Cristol & Brinton S. Ramsey

“The Common Core State Standards are in place in forty-five states—and in many of those jurisdictions, educators are hard at work trying to bring them to life in their schools and classrooms. But how is implementation going so far?… This up-close look at district-level, school-level, and classroom-level implementation yields several key findings:”(more)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Calling Common-Core Implementation ‘Botched’ NEA Calls for Changes

Education Week – Stephen Sawchuk

“In a letter just sent to members of the National Education Association, the union’s president argues that in too many places, states and districts have “completely botched” implementation of the Common Core State Standards and must do a better job of listening to teachers and revising policies in order to fulfill the standards’ promise.”(more)