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January 27, 2014

Author: Poverty Matters, But Isn't Why U.S. Lags in Achievement

Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World, pushes back on the theory that U.S. students' weak performance on international-comparison tests can be attributed largely to high poverty rates.

December 11, 2013

Noguera: Educators Must be 'Guardians of Equity'

At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."

October 04, 2013

Study: Where Are Teachers Most Respected?

The "status" of teachers varies widely across countries, according to a new survey, with teachers in China having the highest social standing of those countries measured.

August 16, 2013

Work-Life Balance: A Global Struggle for Teachers?

The Guardian asked a few teachers in the United Kingdom to weigh in on their efforts to achieve work-life balance.

September 24, 2012

Is Sexism Holding U.S. Teachers Back?

There are many theories on why Finland's students perform so well on international academic comparisons—one of the most compelling being that it's because teaching is a well-respected and coveted profession there. In a recent blog post, Esther Quintero, a research associate at the Shanker Insti...

August 21, 2012

Ranking the World's Most Beautiful Schools

Ever been to a children's museum? Perhaps like this one or this one? They tend to be colorful, friendly buildings. Now contrast that with an image of a typical public elementary school. Remove the bulletin boards and posters at the school, and you're likely left with a dark, dank, monochrome edifi...

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...

November 21, 2011

Have Parents Thrown Teachers Under the Bus?

Recent education reform initiatives have focused heavily on the alleged shortcomings of the teaching profession. But New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman points to new research suggesting that there's considerable room for improvement outside the classroom as well. He quotes from a multi-country...

October 19, 2011

Documentary Follows Baltimore's Filipina Teachers

A new education documentary, The Learning, which premiered on PBS about a month ago, takes a close look at the experiences of four Filipina teachers, who leave their schools in the Philippines to teach in Baltimore classrooms.

October 11, 2011

South Korea Cracks Down on Late-Night Tutoring

Well, here's one educational problem we probably don't have to worry about in the U.S.: Were you aware that the South Korean government is now conducting late-nights raids to enforce a new curfew on after-hours tutoring operations? The raids, Amanda Ripley reports in a fascinating article for Time...

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