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December 21, 2010

A Great Unit Plan Goes Out the Window

How much do project-based learning and independent student work presuppose a mastery or knowlege of basic content knowledge and academic skills?

December 13, 2010

TFA and KIPP: How Much Do They Help?

Ed writers Jay Mathews and Valerie Strauss are having a spirited debate about Teach for America and the Knowledge is Power Program over at the Washington Post.

November 29, 2010

Trumping Student Stereotypes

New research provides further evidence that assigning personal-values essays can help narrow achievement gaps.

November 17, 2010

Why Do We Do So Poorly in Math?

New data shows that U.S. students' performance in math may be even worse than is commonly thought.

November 15, 2010

What About the 'Lottery' Losers?

A conversation with the stars of "The Lottery," a documentary about families hoping their children win spots at a successful Harlem charter school, fails to address the big-picture implications of school choice.

November 08, 2010

A National Math Teaching Emergency?

Jim Simons, a mathematician and the founder of Math for America, says that math instruction in the United States is in crisis and argues for the creation of a National/Math Science Master Teacher Corps.

November 01, 2010

What Teachers Can't Control

Diane Ravitch argues that "value-added" ratings of teachers based on test scores badly underestimate the impact of out-of-school factors on students' performance from year to year.

October 25, 2010

Black Males: Disenfranchised at School

Young adult African-American males interviewed by the St. Petersburg Times reveal some common themes about their school days: They recall feeling disenfranchised, trapped in stereotyped roles, and lacking in meaningful connections with their teachers and other adults. "I feel like I intimidate mos...

October 22, 2010

In 'Superman's' Shadow

A Pittsburgh high school that is singled out for criticism in the film "Waiting for Superman" is working to salvage its reputation.

September 28, 2010

Can 'Superman' Save Teachers?

Can the controversial new education documentary elevate the arguments around teaching?

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