Marc Tucker argues that the country is very unlikely to match the performance of the top-performing countries without major changes to its system of education governance.
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May 23, 2013
May 10, 2013
Kirp then dissects the dramatic turnaround of the entire school system of Union City, New Jersey, and he shows how we can build great schools on the strengths of our democratic culture. Its answer did not come from technocrats from the outside, but from a local culture of "abrazos" or caring. Rather than firing our way to the top, Kirp shows that school improvement must come from trusting relationships. The secret sauce of Union City's success is "respeto," or respect.
May 04, 2013
The focus on tests, accountability, and evaluations is consuming, but we cannot lose sight of the big picture. No single measure will be the solution to a problem. We need ideas and partners.
May 04, 2013
this highlights for me, the moral dimension that Merrow ignores, when, at the end of the film, he proclaims this experiment a success. How can we accept that a third of the schools in New Orleans have been consigned to the status of dumping grounds for the other two thirds? How can we celebrate the creation of a system that allows schools to wall themselves off from students who are the most damaged by poverty and violence - and relegates those students to schools that cannot possibly succeed in this competitive scheme?
April 25, 2013
A group of 20 education scholars release a new book and launch a national campaign to get policymakers to focus on leveling the playing field for poor and minority students.
April 18, 2013
Marc Tucker takes a look at the rise of MOOCs from the perspective of social mobility.
April 15, 2013
A new set of "action steps" from a leading civil rights organization says that the federal government can, and should, do more to ensure that school funding is equitable.
April 12, 2013
Teach For America faces a showdown in California, as this state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) considers new restrictions that could limit the placement of TFA's corps members in places with English learners. Since California has a large immigrant population, with 1.4 million English learners, this will be a significant barrier. The CTC, now chaired by Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond, will vote on a proposal on April 18th
April 11, 2013
Marc Tucker explains why our education system fails to offset social inequities.
April 03, 2013
A bill that would dramatically change Colorado's K-12 finance system passed the state Senate April 2.