The traditional school year, with roughly three months of vacation time every summer, was first implemented when America was primarily an agricultural society. We have changed as a nation; today, over 2 million U.S. students attend school on year-round schedules every year in around 3,000 schools in 46 states -- and the majority of U.S. K-12 students aren't spending summers off tilling fields or harvesting crops.
All Blog Posts With education reform Tag or Category
October 24, 2014
October 20, 2014
For the first time in about 15 years, Massachusetts lawmakers will formally review the state's landmark Education Reform Act of 1993 to consider significant changes to how school funding works.
October 19, 2014
Take a risk this week and decide to unplan some class time. What's the best that can happen?
October 13, 2014
Imagine a country without public schools - one where schools were run as any other business, with no contributions from tax dollars? What if there were total free markets in education in the United States? Education would become a product for sale, just like any other product on the U.S. market.
October 09, 2014
Most parents are satisfied with their community schools, but unsure on what path schools should take to improve, according to the results of a new national poll from Education Post.
October 06, 2014
Public education in America needs teachers that are better trained to meet the needs of specific student populations, those that understand the necessary role of distance learning, and those that are willing to speak up to facilitate classroom change. Without these teachers, meaningful education reform is not possible.
October 01, 2014
Admitting you don't know can be a liberating revelation and an opportunity to show students the power of learning and humility. Why miss out on that modeling, teaching moment?
September 29, 2014
It's never too late to learn, even if it means unlearning years of damaging educational dogma set forth to establish compliance rather than academic achievement. Let's start the new dialogue that opens the conversation up to new ideas about what education should look like in the 21st century.
September 22, 2014
New tools and schools make clear the potential for innovation. New ways to personalize learning, encourage more student agency, and extend the reach of great teachers signal the potential for step function improvement in outcomes (i.e., a much larger percentage of young people career and citizenship ready).
September 19, 2014
Many who are concerned with education reform in the U.S. look to Asian education systems as the model to follow. Whether for cultural, economic or political reasons, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and other Asian nations are widely considered to be societies that get public education right.