Baltimore and the Societal Factors Influencing Our Schools

Education Next – Andy Smarick “The unrest in Baltimore has been on most of our minds. As a kid, I lived–and, now with my own three kids, live–not far from the city, so I’ve been following events closely. Over the last week, there’ve been some moving pieces...

It’s Pi Day! Let’s have some pie. (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Brad Knickerbocker “Pi, as anyone who got past 8th grade math remembers, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter – typically expressed as the simple decimal 3.14, the fraction 22/7, or the Greek letter π. So...

Evaluating Md. kindergartners has become a one-on-one mission

The Washington Post – Ovetta Wiggins “Similar scenarios are playing out across the country as educators increasingly use tests to measure kindergartners’ knowledge in such area as letters, sounds, syllables and number recognition, assessing their needs as...

Parent says no mush for his first-grader

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews “His complaint was not about the teacher but what was being taught. The first-grade social studies and science curriculum seemed to him “extremely weak.” The parents’ guide said history lessons would focus on “differences...