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April 13, 2016

How the Rhetoric of Failure Props Up Education Reform

The students I teach who want to become teachers know all too well that testing has taken over, that the work of teachers is increasingly micromanaged by people who often don't really know how to do it, and that teachers don't get even half the respect they deserve. And, yet, everything is their fault. What if we changed our frame of reference on that?

March 16, 2016

Education Is Not Absent From the 2016 Presidential Race

There's been some complaining lately that the presidential candidates don't have anything to say about education policy. Not so fast, I say.

February 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Test Scores

One of our local schools made the paper recently for not doing enough to raise the test scores of its students. Whether that's true or not is an open question.

February 19, 2016

Education's Nixon: The Success Academy Debacle

A lot has been said about the video that surfaced recently of the charter school teacher belittling her student for not doing what was on her paper. That teacher's boss, Eva Moskowitz, may have more in common with Richard Nixon, of all people, than you'd think.

February 15, 2016

Coming Up Short When It Comes to Teacher Shortages

When it comes to teacher shortages, we might hope that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But that seems unlikely.

February 10, 2016

In Praise of Snow Days and Two-Hour Delays

We had a snow day yesterday, but we had something even better today: a two-hour delay. More of that, please.

December 03, 2015

Can 'Every Student' Succeed Where the Feds Have Failed?

You probably know now that Congress is ready to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; the speed with which they are doing it has taken me by surprise. And I'm wondering if we shouldn't be concerned about that.

November 23, 2015

Mass. Exodus: Is This the Beginning of the End for Common Assessment?

Massachusetts has announced that it will no longer participate in the PARCC assessments associated with Common Core. This seems like good news, but I'm not so sure it is.

September 29, 2015

In Defense of Simplicity: Let's Start With School Schedules

If you've spent any time in a school lately, you know how confusing it can be. Why are school schedules so complicated?

July 16, 2015

Paying for Schools With Property Taxes Doesn't Work

Providing inconsistent funding for schools, and especially tying it to the political process, is a recipe for mediocrity. Let's start a conversation about addressing this problem.

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