December 2014 Archives

The holiday season is upon us. Are you ready to discuss contentious educational issues with your friends and family?


Some schools are experimenting with the idea that we might actually know more about what students learned in school if we gave them performance assessments instead of standardized tests. Not only is this a good idea, but it might actually get us closer to finding out what we hoped to find out by giving standardized tests in the first place.


Congress just passed a huge appropriations bill filled with riders that funded, and de-funded, some significant programs. What if it spent money on education the way it spends money on other things?


If you're already working hard to get your students to ask the right questions, keep it up; if not, it's time to get started.


Education is full of zombie ideas—those bad ideas that just won't die. Don't look now, but here's another one coming back down the pike: segregating classrooms by sex.


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