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May 22, 2016

The End-of-Semester Blues

Whether we want to admit it or not, the world is only going to be ours for a little while. Before long it will pass on to our children, and if all we've done to prepare them to take on that responsibility is remind them of how little they've accomplished and blame their teachers for not helping them do more, what reason do we have to think they'll be able to handle it?

May 10, 2016

Don't Blame Teacher-Education Programs for All of New Teachers' Challenges

You've all heard the stories about how difficult the first year of teaching can be, and many of you have probably endured it yourselves. When are we going to get serious about reforming teacher education in a way that actually addresses the problem?

April 26, 2016

Let's Talk Solutions to the Teacher Shortage Problem

Last month Las Vegas was desperate for teachers; now Hawaii is too. Is there anything we can do to address these chronic teacher shortages?

April 16, 2016

Real Reform Happens When Teachers Are In Charge

Sammamish High School, a diverse, comprehensive school in Bellevue, Wash., has quietly been in the process of reinventing itself. Education reformers should take note of what's happening there.

April 07, 2016

Is Teacher Education Too Theoretical?

Should teacher education programs prepare new teachers for schools as they are now or schools as we would like them to be? That's the tension at the heart of the issue of whether teacher education is useful or not. Maybe all this "theoretical" teacher education isn't so bad after all.

April 03, 2016

The Conversation About Standards We Should Be Having

Imagine a world where we gave some common tests set to some common standards and used them to compare programs to each other, and we did it not to impose punishments or identify winners and losers but to spotlight what works in certain contexts and what doesn't. Wouldn't that be an improvement over how we do things today?

March 07, 2016

Common-Core Math: What Are We So Afraid Of?

Here comes another video complaining about the "scary" way kids are doing math these days. Somebody really ought to start collecting these things for posterity.

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 02, 2016

What's the Matter With Bathroom Breaks?

You might have missed the survey of workplace quality conducted by the AFT and the Badass Teachers Association back in May. If you did, and you're a teacher, you won't be surprised by what it said.

January 30, 2016

What If Teachers Were More Like Airline Pilots?

What could we learn about teacher education policy by looking at the career ladders of airline pilots?

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