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April 04, 2012

Wash. Parents Opt-Out of Testing, Citing Costs

In what Washington state officials are saying is the largest-scale test rebellion they've faced, the parents of 70 students at an elementary school in Everett, Wash., have opted out of federally mandated standardized testing.

March 23, 2012

Feeding 'The Hunger Games' Frenzy

If you're working in a school right now, this is probably all you're hearing about today (I'm not working in a school and it's been a dominant topic of conversation in my social circles). The premier of "The Hunger Games." The Columbus Dispatch jumped on "The Hunger Games" hubbub to write about th...

January 30, 2012

Too Much Parental Involvement?

On the New York Times Room For Debate blog, Florida high school English teacher Scott Sterling questions the feasibility—and wisdom—of a newly enacted New Hampshire law that requires schools to provide alternative lesson options to students whose parents or guardians object to assigned con...

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...

September 07, 2011

Teachers Would 'Like' Parents to Read This

If the Facebook "Like" count at the bottom of this CNN article is any indication, you've probably already read "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents." (214,000 Likes in 24 hours? Really?) But if somehow this eluded you, it's an opinion piece by Ron Clark, author of The End of Molasses Classes...

August 18, 2011

Should Teachers Make House Calls?

The Washington Post's Jay Mathews is taking a thrashing from some commenters following a blog post touting the benefits of having teachers visit student homes.

July 06, 2011

Teachers Who Make House Calls

A group of teachers at Carney Academy in New Bedford, Mass., paid visits to their students' homes this past year, for no other reason than to get to know their parents better, reports the South Coast Today. The teachers visited 30 (out of 500-plus) of their students' families once in the fall and o...

June 07, 2011

The Lessons of 'Unschooling'

Sam Fuller, a 16-year-old in Albany, Calif., described his life as an "unschooled" student.

June 03, 2011

End-of-Year Cash for Teachers

As the school year wraps up, many parents are scrambling to buy thank-you gifts for their children's teachers. One parent, who was interviewed on the Phoenix news station KSAZ Fox 10—but under a pseudonym and with his face and voice disguised—said that he feels "a lot of pressure" to make ...

May 06, 2011

Teacher Ambassadors Highlight the Complexity of Education Policy

Yesterday I had the chance to speak with several Teacher Ambassador Fellows at the teacher town hall meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.

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