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January 23, 2016

High Standards Without High Stakes

Is it possible to have high standards without using standardized tests to assess them?

January 19, 2016

It's Time to Give the Final Final Exam

Last week was finals week for my 9th grader. Isn't it about time to get rid of final exams?

December 18, 2015

World-Religion Assignment Sparks Fury

Some angry parents in Augusta County, Virginia, shut down their local schools to make sure their kids wouldn't be indoctrinated into Islam. We really need to talk about what's happening in social studies class.

November 10, 2015

Education's Jargon Problem

I know I'm not the first one to rail against the tendency of people in education to lean too heavily on jargon. But I have to get this off my chest.

October 12, 2015

It's Time to End the Curriculum Wars

Is anybody else tired of the politics of division and wedge issues? Tired of the curriculum wars? Me too. Let's end this thing.

September 29, 2015

In Defense of Simplicity: Let's Start With School Schedules

If you've spent any time in a school lately, you know how confusing it can be. Why are school schedules so complicated?

September 21, 2015

Common Core Math: Are We Writing Checks We Can't Cash?

Did you hear the one about the dad who wrote a check to his child's school using "Common Core math"? Yeah, that happened. Is the joke on him, or on us?

September 10, 2015

Teacher Training Isn't Dumb; Teacher Training Policy Is

A recent New York Times op-ed suggests that teachers aren't dumb—their training is. I'd go a step further than that.

August 19, 2015

Schools and the Lost Art of Customer Service

Should schools be worried about "customer service"? After today, I'm thinking maybe ours should.

July 24, 2015

Going on Vacation, in a Contrary Mood

I'm going on vacation—but, first, a little rumination on what I hope will happen while I'm gone.

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