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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

The Huffington Post – Laura Wellington

“To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society…We also need to increase the compensation for teaching to levels that invite the best of the best…”(more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Unsatisfied with Student Performance, Utah Business Leaders Release Education Plan


“Utah business leaders unveiled a five-year plan on Tuesday to improve the educational system in the state. The plan comes just one day after test results revealed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in math, language arts, and science.” (more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Shape of a Radically Pragmatic College Education

The Huffington Post – Jayson Boyers

“In the two years of 2012 and 2013, the number of college students fell… There were fewer students in 2012 than in 2010…More shocking still is the reporting by the New York Times that 33 percent of universities and colleges will be in danger of closing and are on an unsustainable fiscal path in the next decade should the trend continue…the question is how learning institutions respond.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The link between housing policy and student achievement

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class… that’s why housing policy has a strong link to education outcomes.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Common-Core Side Effects: Worth the Costs?

Education Week – Yong Zhao

“Something is missing in the raging debate about the Common Core…What’s missing in in this debate is an analysis of costs or side effects. That is, even if the Common Core were perfectly implemented, which is a big question, and student learning indeed improved…what would have been sacrificed? And are the sacrifices worth the benefits?” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column

USA Today – Solomon Friedberg

“Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It’s too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids…It even promotes “fuzzy math”…Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning. If that doesn’t sound fuzzy, there’s a simple reason: It isn’t.” (more)

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)