December 2014 Archives

What lies ahead for education in 2015? Here's my best guess at some of the key edu-headlines in 2015.

Based on reader traffic, Twitter, and our own biases, here are 10 RHSU highlights from 2014.

On Monday, I described the opportunity for a Christmas truce in the education reform wars. Today, I offer 4 concrete steps to achieve it.

Too many people in education have caricatured their opponents and are stuck in ideological trenches. I offer ideas for a Christmas Truce, like the one in World War I.

2014 will end without Congress taking action on ESEA, but we should have hope for 2015. Here are a couple major areas that the new ESEA should address.

It's an easy trap: we see a problem and feel compelled to intervene. The federal government too often errs toward involvement, including with RT3 and NCLB waivers.

In April, Washington State's NCLB waiver was revoked. I reached out to officials and policymakers to hear their reactions and explanations.

Let's evaluate RT3 based on its stated goals and evaluate whether and how it impacts state policy today.

Following the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, I spent a year talking with high-ranking state policymakers. Here are some lessons they think we should learn from RT3.

Technology offers ways to rethink everything from doctor visits to Mandarin teachers to the problem of getting impactful substitute teachers.

In talking with parents, I continually hear a sentiment of activism. National advocacy organizations are providing a space to channel that activism.

I recently completed my first full marathon. It struck me that many aspects of the race were analogous to education reform.

I'm more convinced than ever that education reform can't work without poverty reduction - and that poverty reduction can't work without education reform.

Extracurriculars can be both a strength and a weakness of the American education system. Lately, specialization has gotten out of hand.

Parts of Title IX may be among the most successful educational policies ever, but there are also 'not bad' and 'ugly' parts of the law.

As PISA spills over into local educational decision making, it is reasonable to question the consequences of an international organization calling the shots.

Data indicates a stark difference in the amount of time spent on reading and math compared to other subjects. Unfortunately, these other subjects suffer as a result.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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