Sammamish High School, a diverse, comprehensive school in Bellevue, Wash., has quietly been in the process of reinventing itself. Education reformers should take note of what's happening there.
The students I teach who want to become teachers know all too well that testing has taken over, that the work of teachers is increasingly micromanaged by people who often don't really know how to do it, and that teachers don't get even half the respect they deserve. And, yet, everything is their fault. What if we changed our frame of reference on that?
Should teacher education programs prepare new teachers for schools as they are now or schools as we would like them to be? That's the tension at the heart of the issue of whether teacher education is useful or not. Maybe all this "theoretical" teacher education isn't so bad after all.
Imagine a world where we gave some common tests set to some common standards and used them to compare programs to each other, and we did it not to impose punishments or identify winners and losers but to spotlight what works in certain contexts and what doesn't. Wouldn't that be an improvement over how we do things today?
I asked Andra Williams Broadwater, who works with a group called "Start School Later," to share some thoughts on the importance of delaying start times in the morning in the interest of our children's health. This seems like one thing that would be pretty easy to get right.
I need to do a little venting about deregulation and taxes. It all started when the bus pulled up to take my daughter to school.
There's been some complaining lately that the presidential candidates don't have anything to say about education policy. Not so fast, I say.
Here comes another video complaining about the "scary" way kids are doing math these days. Somebody really ought to start collecting these things for posterity.
One of our local schools made the paper recently for not doing enough to raise the test scores of its students. Whether that's true or not is an open question.
A lot has been said about the video that surfaced recently of the charter school teacher belittling her student for not doing what was on her paper. That teacher's boss, Eva Moskowitz, may have more in common with Richard Nixon, of all people, than you'd think.