The tests currently in use for teacher licensing have limited predictive value.
June 2015 Archives
Even if teachers prevail in defending themselves against absurd charges, the stress they endure and the stain on their reputation are often unbearable.
If a school cannot improve despite efforts over the years, it needs to be closed and students guaranteed enrollment in a better school.
The lack of professional autonomy will contribute to an accelerated flight of teachers from public schools.
Leonard Nimoy was a passionate supporter of public schools and their teachers.
If career and technical education were given greater support and recognition in schools, companies would not be able to make a credible case for bringing in foreign workers with H-1B visas.
Non-academic skills rank high in predicting success in any endeavor, but without basic academic skills they are not enough.
An exit exam certifies that a high-school diploma signifies possession of basic skills.
The accountability movement and relentless criticism have undermined teacher morale in a way that I've never seen before.
The SAT has to eliminate even the most important items that are answered correctly by too many students too often through effective instruction, which is antithetical to the purpose of schooling.
Parental choice is a force that will not be vanquished.
Only parents can decide if Success Academy meets the unique needs and interests of their children.
The lack of sophistication on the part of lay people and the lack of objectivity on the part of peer reviewers makes many education studies suspect.