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June 29, 2015

Creating Partnerships and Guiding Students to Success: The Netherlands

Innovative initiatives to develop education, meet the needs of students, contribute to lasting careers, and help provide a pipeline of students with the skills industry needs.

June 25, 2015

Challenges Facing a Top-Ranking Educational System: The Netherlands

The Netherlands may rank in the top 10 on PISA, yet there are still pressing challenges facing their system.

June 24, 2015

Should Teachers Be Grading Common-Core Tests?

If the first things you think of when you think of scoring the tests associated with Common Core are cheeseburgers and Craigslist, then two things may be true about you: you have probably never been a teacher, and you probably work for Pearson. Why aren't teachers the ones grading Common Core exams?

June 19, 2015

Another Young Teacher Contemplates Leaving the Classroom; Whose Fault Is That?

Another teacher with outstanding potential is set to leave the classroom. Should we blame her teacher education program for that, or a larger culture that denigrates teaching and narrows our definition of educational success?

June 13, 2015

When the School Becomes the Graduation Sheriff

Rude behavior is so deeply embedded, even rewarded, in American culture--just turn on cable TV--that making assumptions about who knows how to behave, and who doesn't, is pointless. I like a nice, dignified graduation ceremony as much as anybody. But the way you get that is by teaching appropriate, respectful behavior for more formal events, beginning in kindergarten. Not with threats and recriminations, and certainly not by pressing charges.

June 09, 2015

End-of-Year Report: Grading My Kids' Schools

School's out, and that means it's time again for report cards. In the spirit of the season, I have decided to issue a report card of my own. I want to share the wealth and make sure the schools that my kids attend have a taste of that accountability too.

June 09, 2015

School-Performance Measure or School-Income Measure?

Numbers can't tell us everything about a school. School Performance Measures that aim to do so are a fallacy at best, and at their worst, they're harmful to low-income students.

June 09, 2015

College Dreams, Financial Nightmares

Since they were in elementary school, we've told our students that if they worked hard, they could go to college, that education was the path towards financial security. What if that's not true?

June 03, 2015

'Defies Measurement' Illustrates Failures of Test-Focused Policy

In "Defies Measurement," Shannon Puckett has produced a documentary that illustrates what has been lost, and what we stand to lose, through the misuse of standardized test results to drive education reform.

June 01, 2015

Quiz Time! Are You Ready for Kindergarten?

Think you have what it takes to send a kid to kindergarten? You may want to check your medical records and family vacation logs first.

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