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September 19, 2012

More Public Schools for Gifted Students?

The U.S. needs many more public high schools that "focus exclusively on high-ability, highly motivated students," posits Chester E. Finn Jr., the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, in a recent New York Times op-ed.

August 05, 2012

SOS Event Draws Small Crowd, Focuses on Organizing

In sharp contrast to last summer's celebrity-attended rally and march to the White House, the Save Our Schools gathering this year proved a quiet, 150-person affair. Held this weekend in the regal Wardman Park Marriott in downtown Washington, the convention featured presentations on an array of to...

August 03, 2012

Are Today's Students Too Lazy for Schools to Improve?

Writing in the Deseret News, Theresa Talbot, a Utah teacher in her 25th year, says that the real problem with education today is that students are, well, lazy and recalcitrant. Among the examples she cites: It is the students in my math classes who, when I showed them how to work a multiple step...

July 23, 2012

Rhee 'Olympics' Ad Sports a Questionable Message

In a new ad attempting to illustrate the decline of U.S. schools, the nonprofit advocacy group StudentsFirst, founded by former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, plays off both the wave of excitement about the upcoming summer Olympics and the arguably overdone "fat man dances" slapstick routine...

June 28, 2012

Texas GOP: No More Critical Thinking in Schools

Teachers, you may want to be sitting down for this one. The 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform, adopted June 9 at the state convention in Forth Worth, seems to take a stand against, well, the teaching of critical thinking skills. Read it for yourself: We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thin...

June 19, 2012

TFA Grows to 10K

Teach for America announced today that, as of this fall, the group will have more than 10,000 first- and second-year corps members working in schools—the largest corps yet and a 10 percent increase over last year's total. The organization has also become the top employer for graduating seniors ...

June 06, 2012

Anthony Cody: Award-Winning Gadfly

For the 2nd year running, our blogger Anthony Cody is among the winners of the California Teachers Association's annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence. The award recognizes "outstanding achievements in reporting and interpreting public education issues during 2011." Say what you will about...

May 15, 2012

The Most Important Part of Teacher-Evaluation Reform

Writing in The Hechinger Report, California math teacher Kyle Hunsberger reminds school leaders and policymakers that revamped teacher-evaluation systems—especially those relying heavily on student test scores—will only be as effective as the infrastructural supports that gird them: As ...

May 01, 2012

Teachers: Kenneth Cole Should Stick to Shoes

Fashion designer Kenneth Cole felt the wrath of many teachers this week after his company posted a billboard with a controversial slogan in reference to the ongoing education reform debate. The advertisement posted above New York's West Side Highway shows a picture of a woman in a red blazer and a...

April 23, 2012

Could Online Ed. Alter School Staffing?

Covering a recent panel discussion at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on technology and education reform, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Maureen Downey notes that, for some experts, one of the key promises of digital-learning technology is that it could give more students access to the best ...

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