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August 05, 2013

Teach America's Youngest a Second Language

Students are learning a second language at an early age because of the Global Schools Network sponsored by VIF International Education and Utah's Dual Language Immersion Program. Research demands that we follow the example of these programs and start with our youngest children.

March 27, 2013

Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It

Common Core Standards continue to be a point of debate. We should remember that these standards are what every child should know and be able to do not everything a child should know and be able to do.

March 18, 2013

Teachers Are Needed to Close Civic Gap

Civic literacy is critical with the wide gaps that exist in voting patterns. Rich people vote 50 points higher than poor people, and it shows in political support for issues important to tackling poverty in this country.

February 27, 2013

Researchers and Politicians Agree on 21st-Century Skills

With the National Research Council's recent report on 21st Century skills and deeper learning and the formation of the Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus, the education and business community are uniting behind this movement to assure students of a relevant and purposeful education.

December 27, 2012

Grading My 2012 Predictions

As we come to the end of 2012, I reviewed the predictions I made a year ago and graded them.

October 22, 2012

Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing

I took the time to read many of the letters that were written by teachers and parents to President Obama through a campaign organized by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody. While I was not thrilled with the timing of this campaign, I could not ignore the pain expressed by too many teachers and parents, ...

August 20, 2012

Education, Not the Economy, Is the Most Important Issue

If you live in a battleground state like I do, you are bombarded with television and radio ads for President Obama and Governor Romney. It does not take long to determine that 75 percent of these ads are blasting the opponent for causing some economic condition. Obama is responsible for unemployment...

August 14, 2012

HOPE Foundation Is Having a Contest

The HOPE Foundation has designed an effective formula for transforming schools. Their premise is leadership capacity and school culture are critical to implement any policy or structural change. Teachers embrace their work because it is respectful of them, and it empowers teachers and principals to...

July 23, 2012

Teach For America Fails 21st-Century Test

At a recent institute sponsored by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, I heard a well-known researcher and thought leader give his definition of 21st skills. His definition had three parts: the curriculum and pedagogy of the most prestigious, elite schools of the world, like Eton College; infor...

April 02, 2012

Three Key Players for 21st Century Skills

As I sat in the audience of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession listening to ministers of education and union leaders from around the world discuss 21st century skills, I could not help but wonder if other countries were once again going to take American ideas and use them to surpass...

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