It is deeply misguided to believe that those skills alone make a great teacher.
All Blog Posts With reform Tag or Category
September 08, 2014
September 02, 2014
People ask me, "You're a reformer. How can you think X?" I think much of the confusion is because "reform" has been used to describe two different schools of thought: one progressive and one conservative.
August 31, 2014
Education is less like a vast machine than it is like a rain forest.
August 20, 2014
One of the most striking features of the ongoing debate about the future and direction of American public education is the absence of teacher voices.
July 22, 2014
In my last post, I talked about the reasons I feel that teachers should get behind the push to support year-round schooling and how more consistent time in the classroom will lead to higher student performance, boosting teacher accountability ratings and accommodating a much more streamlined education process. Today I want to look at the common reasons that people are against switching from a summers-off school calendar to a year-round schooling model.
July 18, 2014
Rural schools often lack the bandwidth, technology, and funding to transition to new, online exams.
July 12, 2014
Summer's halfway over, but there's still plenty of time to do a little professional reading. Here are my picks for this summer.
July 09, 2014
Last spring, while millions of American students were bubbling in answers to multiple-choice questions on the ubiquitous tests that determine school and teacher ratings, student promotions, graduation, and college admissions, some students were meeting a higher standard. At the Urban Academy, a second chance high school in New York City that is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, Gemma Venuti completed the set of research papers that were part of her graduation portfolio — and defended them before a committee of teachers, students, and experts from outside the school.
July 05, 2014
By participating more frequently and more vocally in the ongoing national dialogue about K-12 education, teachers can help ensure that discourse reflects reality and not merely the musings of policy elites
July 01, 2014
From an idealogical perspective, the differences that divide Americans are also what make the nation unique and great. When it comes to education, however, there seems to be a competing theory that differences should be dismissed in favor of finding a standardized way to teach all K-12 students. Time and again when it comes to national policy on education, stringent sets of benchmarks are consistently put in place that are accompanied with funding incentives. The latest example of this one-size-fits-all approach to education policy is Common Core standards and the testing that goes with them.