Remember a while back when I suggested that maybe efforts to scrap No Child Left Behind might not actually accomplish the goals we really want them to if we think about the larger items on the agenda? Well, it's time to start evaluating what we're up against.
All Blog Posts With education policy Tag or Category
January 23, 2015
January 20, 2015
James R. Delisle stirred a hornet's nest recently when he proclaimed, right here in the pages of Ed Week, that differentiated instruction doesn't work. I think he's focused on the wrong thing.
January 16, 2015
For years, I've been skeptical about federal policy relating to school improvement grants requiring the use of certain school turnaround models. Recently, I visited a high school that has me checking my assumptions after seeing the success of their turnaround effort.
January 15, 2015
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 13, 2015
A new state law could deem effective, experienced teachers unfit to instruct immigrant children.
January 12, 2015
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 08, 2015
California has a chance to show how a state can dodge the supposedly silver bullets of weaker education reform efforts, and move towards meaningful structural changes that benefit students and schools.
January 07, 2015
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 05, 2015
Have you ever wondered if our national obsession with tests was so extreme that it's actually unhealthy—psychologically as well as physically? I think we may have a substance abuse problem on our hands, and the substance we're abusing is test data. Maybe it's time for an intervention.
December 23, 2014
The holiday season is upon us. Are you ready to discuss contentious educational issues with your friends and family?