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August 28, 2015

3 Unexpected Factors Hurting the American Educational System

From overcrowded schools to lack of parental involvement, there are many obvious problems within the education system that immediately come to mind when thinking of how to improve education in America. But some issues fly under the radar.

August 27, 2015

10 Reasons the U.S. Education System Is Failing

Let's examine 10 problems that prevent the US education system from regaining its former preeminence.

July 15, 2015

Mathematics Education in India: Does It All Add Up?

How many times have you heard that the U.S. needs students who are good at math in order to produce more engineers and compete with those in India? Yet, math is for more than just engineering and India has a long way to go to provide quality math education for all.

June 30, 2015

Lessons From New Orleans: 'Don't Copy'

Does New Orleans' 10-year experience with charters and choice have application to Los Angeles? Yes, but partly in the negative.

June 23, 2015

Why One District Added Another Test

Why one school district added yet another assessment to an already full testing docket.

June 22, 2015

Teaching about Slavery? It's Debatable

Guest contributor Kate Shuster argues that the pedagogy of debate provides a way for students to learn about slavery, and she provides links to a treasure trove of resources.

June 17, 2015

What Would A Decentralized L.A. School Network Look Like?

A networked LAUSD would be part conventional district, part holding company, and greater part incubator and quality control agent.

June 16, 2015

The 'Slow Food' Way of Breaking up L.A. Schools into Autonomous Networks

School reformers like to talk about "blow it up" dramatic change. My autonomous network idea for Los Angeles is a deliberate counter-example.

June 15, 2015

The Future for L.A. Schools: Little Hierarchies or Big Network?

People are again talking about breaking up the country's second largest school district. I think that networks of schools would work better than smaller hierarchies.

June 08, 2015

Calif. State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term

California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.

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