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January 20, 2015

Does Differentiation Work? Is That Even the Right Question?

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 20, 2015

School Choice, Common Core, Too Much Testing, & Other Thoughts

Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.

January 15, 2015

'It's Like They're Building the Airplane While It's in the Air'

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 12, 2015

This Is What Local Control Looks Like

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 09, 2015

An Economics Lesson: Teaching for Disciplinary Understanding

A college professor examines his experience in teaching economics to suggest ways that teachers can develop students' understanding so that they will be able to use their knowledge in the future.

January 08, 2015

Five Myths of the Charter Public School Movement

Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?

January 08, 2015

Why 'Doing School' Undermines Learning

Schools encourage students to get good grades, not to learn the knowledge and skills relevant to the disciplines, argues a graduate student and former English/language arts teacher.

January 08, 2015

Teacher Evaluation 3.0 #TBT

There are stellar teachers, mediocre teachers, and poor ones. All can learn and grow with the times if led and supported.

January 06, 2015

Unlearning Is Critical for Deep Learning

Developing new instructional approaches requires teachers to let go of longstanding practices they might have considered successful.

January 06, 2015

When Charters Are More Like Chain Stores Than Small Schools

Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.

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