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October 14, 2010

Questioning the Logic of Rhee's Resignation

In reaction to the news that D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has resigned, Miss Eyre, on NYC Educator's blog, writes: I apparently didn't get the memo that quitting is the noble thing to do. I mean, Sarah Palin got it and Michelle Rhee got it, but I didn't. I don't know. Maybe I was too busy ...

October 07, 2010

Do Union Contracts Get in the Way?

Jose Vilson takes serious issue with the notion—expressed indelibly by a young teacher in this video clip from NBC's Education Nation event—that union contracts prevent teachers from doing all that they can to help struggling students: Can we just agree that teachers just do what they go...

September 22, 2010

Teachers Welcomed in 'Education Nation'

NBC held a press conference at the National Press Conference on Wednesday and tried clear up confusion about teachers' inclusion in the upcoming Education Nation special.

September 21, 2010

NBC to Reach Out to Teachers

The network plans to hold a press conference on Wednesday to address teachers' concerns about lack of representation on the upcoming "Education Nation" special.

September 06, 2010

The Unmotivated

Columnist Robert J. Samuelson looks at the anemic results of school reform over the past 50 year and pins the blame on an "almost unmentionable" factor: lack of student motivation.

September 03, 2010

Other Ways to Evaluate Teachers

Anthony Cody and Kelly Kovocic argue that efforts to evaluate teachers solely—or even mainly—on the basis of standardized test results are ultimately counter-productive.

August 31, 2010

Getting Serious About 21st-Century Skills

Education policy writers Andrew J. Rotherham and Daniel Willingham argue that the 21st-century skills movement, despite its obvious relevance to the needs of today's students, risks devolving into a mere fad if reformers don't devote more attention to the infrastructure (both organizational and intellectual) of teaching and learning.

August 24, 2010

Speaking the Truth About Teachers and Test Scores?

John Merrow of Learning Matters defends the recent L.A. Times series that analyzes individual teachers' effectiveness—with names named—in connection with student test scores

August 18, 2010

The L.A. Times Test-Data Controversy: What Do You Think?

That Los Angeles Times series that analyzes district test-score data in connection with teacher effectiveness has created an absolute firestorm of controversy. Want to talk about it? Well, we've created a forum where you can do just that. It would be great to hear what teachers themselves have to sa...

August 12, 2010

Edujobs Bill: Are Teachers to Blame?

Tuesday's passage of the edujobs bill did not sit well with everyone, and has some blaming teacher salaries and benefits for the state of the economy.

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