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?
Recently in Education Reform Category
April 13, 2016
March 16, 2016
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
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
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
When it comes to teacher shortages, we might hope that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But that seems unlikely.
February 10, 2016
We had a snow day yesterday, but we had something even better today: a two-hour delay. More of that, please.
December 03, 2015
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
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
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
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.