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January 04, 2016

Brand New Year, Same Old Educational Problems

It may be a new year, but we have at least one problem that followed us home from last year: presidential candidates speaking nonsense about education.

December 18, 2015

World-Religion Assignment Sparks Fury

Some angry parents in Augusta County, Virginia, shut down their local schools to make sure their kids wouldn't be indoctrinated into Islam. We really need to talk about what's happening in social studies class.

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.

October 27, 2015

The Wealthy Need Public Education, Too

A study published in the journal Psychological Science illustrates, once again, why investment in public education is imperative in a healthy democracy.

October 12, 2015

It's Time to End the Curriculum Wars

Is anybody else tired of the politics of division and wedge issues? Tired of the curriculum wars? Me too. Let's end this thing.

September 21, 2015

Common Core Math: Are We Writing Checks We Can't Cash?

Did you hear the one about the dad who wrote a check to his child's school using "Common Core math"? Yeah, that happened. Is the joke on him, or on us?

September 10, 2015

Teacher Training Isn't Dumb; Teacher Training Policy Is

A recent New York Times op-ed suggests that teachers aren't dumb—their training is. I'd go a step further than that.

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.

July 08, 2015

Are We Paying Too Much in Taxes, or Not Enough?

Are we paying too much for education or not enough? As investments in public education continue to shrink, so, too, do our hopes of ever leveling the proverbial playing field.

May 27, 2015

Are School Safety Measures Making Our Schools Less Safe?

Everybody wants children to be safe at school. Did you know there's an industry popping up to make sure you don't spend too much time thinking about the unexpected consequences of that?

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