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January 30, 2015

2 Math Teachers Consider Giving Up Grades

Who are the biggest naysayers in your educational community? At the heart of all conflict is an inherent misunderstanding about situations. So start a dialogue with folks in your community about the possibility of giving up grades? It takes a village.

January 28, 2015

Eliminate Grades, Change the Educational System

Education is in need of some changes. If we eliminate grades, we make room for many important shifts that must occur in our current climate. It's time to shift the mindset; teachers, throw out grades.

January 23, 2015

"What Do I Have to Do to Pass?"

Students need to be taught to start valuing their learning and not the grade. Too often we waste our time fighting over missing work or arguing over the grades "we give" our students. But if there could be an alternative?

January 22, 2015

Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Lead K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush

Rice has close ties to Bush's family, having served as secretary of state under Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, from 2005 to 2009.

January 21, 2015

How Eliminating Grades Changed Everything in My Classroom

Grades are just a math game. This is what I told students many years ago. "If you know how to work the numbers, you can get a good grade."

January 16, 2015

Obama's Free Community College Plan, Is It Enough?

Education should be free instead of providing a privileged few the right to learn. President Obama has taken a step in the right direction offering community college for all.

January 15, 2015

'It's Like They're Building the Airplane While It's in the Air'

We've made so many changes to our education system just in the past 15 years that it's hard to keep up with all of them. Worse, we've done it with a sense of impatience and misplaced urgency that would make an impulsive teenager blush. What if we just stopped making changes for awhile and spent some time reflecting on how we got here?

January 12, 2015

This Is What Local Control Looks Like

The fight over common core is often framed as a fight over the limits of federal power—and an expressed desire to protect "local control" of public schools. But what does local control really mean? And is it actually more democratic?

January 07, 2015

Overhauling No Child Left Behind: Careful What You Wish For

There is a new sheriff in town in DC: the Republicans have control of both houses of Congress and are promising to scrap the much-hated No Child Left Behind law. This might not be the good idea you think it is.

January 07, 2015

Observations About Fear of Change

In a perfect world, teachers would all model the growth mindset and fearlessly learn new things to share with students. Some do, unfortunately not enough.

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