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February 08, 2012

Gov. Christie vs. the Teachers' Union (Redux)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, never one to shy a way from expressing contempt for teachers' unions, is calling for the executive director of the New Jersey union to resign for comments he made regarding poor families, reports NorthJersey.com. During a discussion about vouchers on NJTV, New J...

January 25, 2012

Obama: Stop Bashing Teachers

Both Alyson Klein and Stephen Sawchuk have great roundups of President Obama's comments on education during his State of the Union address last night.

October 20, 2011

Can Early Ed. Reduce Income Inequality?

Riffing on the Occupy Wall Street movement, New York Times human rights columnist Nicholas Kristof argues that the most effective way to reduce inequality in the United States would actually be to expand early child education. Kristof reports—as any elementary teacher already knows—that si...

September 08, 2011

Should Teachers Be Free to Critique 9/11 Issues?

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York University History Professor Jonathan Zimmerman writes that historically U.S. teachers have often been restricted from honestly critiquing the country's military conflicts—and may have even less leeway now than at any time since the 1960s...

August 29, 2011

A Teacher's Take on Brill's 'Class Warfare'

In the Washington Post, English Teacher Patrick Welsh reviews Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, Steven Brill's much talked about chronicle of the current education reform movement. Welsh says the book is fascinating for the "privileged glimpses" it provides into key developme...

August 23, 2011

An Ed Week History Lesson

Education Week will hit the big Three-O this year. To mark the occasion, our stellar Web Team—with help from the editors—has put together an excellent interactive timeline of the past 30 years in U.S. education. The timeline tracks key events and developments and includes applicable links ...

August 04, 2011

Policy Expert's Response to SOS: Duncan Is Doing His Job

The SOS March in Washington has ended, but Kevin Carey, the policy director at the Washington think tank Education Sector, is still in a state of confusion about what it was really all about.

July 07, 2011

Social Studies With a Liberal Bias?

It wasn't particularly surprising when a Maryland mother with Tea Party leanings complained last month that her 3rd grade daughter's social studies textbook harbored a leftist agenda. But now Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, himself a liberal, has read the book—titled Social Studies ...

May 13, 2011

The Politics of School Choir Selections

When the Wasilla (Alaska) High School symphonic jazz choir's plan to sing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at this year's graduation ceremony was suddenly cancelled due to parental complaints about the Freddy Mercury's sexual orientation, an angry—and resourceful—choir member took the matter to...

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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