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August 10, 2015

Research vs. Conventional Wisdom I: Teacher Attrition

The entrenched lore that we lose half of our teachers after five years is repeated as fact again and again. Surely our level of concern about the "looming teacher shortage" ought to cool down.

August 06, 2015

Friedrichs v. CTA Could Change the Face of the Teaching Profession

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case could send shock-waves through the teaching profession and empower teachers to make educated decisions about union membership.

August 05, 2015

AAE Survey: Member-Teachers Embrace Reform

The outdated union model is harming students and alienating a rapidly changing workforce. Fortunately, more and more classroom teachers are embracing policies that put students and professionalism first.

August 04, 2015

Teachers Need a Professional Association

It's high time that true professionalism is embraced as an essential part of the education reform movement, and AAE is the change we need.

August 03, 2015

'Yes, I Am a Teacher in a Public Charter School!'

"YES, I am a teacher in a charter school!" These words can be controversial in some circles, but here's why I've chosen this path.

July 31, 2015

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: AAE, Goldhaber, Kraft, & Charbonneau

I'm going to take a blog break in August, but while I'm away, I'll be leaving you in some exceptionally capable hands.

May 21, 2015

Finland Schools Are Fine, but Helena Schools Are Heavenly

Montana has proven to me that if you focus on serious school improvements, your students will shine. No need to go all the way to Finland.

May 20, 2015

To Opt Out or Not to Opt Out: That's Not the Question

Parents should have a big say in their children's education, but opt out alone won't solve the broader problem of too much testing.

May 19, 2015

Happiness Is a Post-Standardized-Test World

The goal of education is to give students a better chance at a good life, not just a good job. Testing will not solve all our problems.

May 18, 2015

Is There a Doctor in the Education House?

We've suffered under the factory model of school reform for a dozen years, despite no research showing it works. We need a doctor for the American education system.

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