In what Washington state officials are saying is the largest-scale test rebellion they've faced, the parents of 70 students at an elementary school in Everett, Wash., have opted out of federally mandated standardized testing.
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March 23, 2012
If you're working in a school right now, this is probably all you're hearing about today (I'm not working in a school and it's been a dominant topic of conversation in my social circles). The premier of "The Hunger Games." The Columbus Dispatch jumped on "The Hunger Games" hubbub to write about th...
January 30, 2012
On the New York Times Room For Debate blog, Florida high school English teacher Scott Sterling questions the feasibilityand wisdomof a newly enacted New Hampshire law that requires schools to provide alternative lesson options to students whose parents or guardians object to assigned con...
November 21, 2011
Recent education reform initiatives have focused heavily on the alleged shortcomings of the teaching profession. But New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman points to new research suggesting that there's considerable room for improvement outside the classroom as well. He quotes from a multi-country...
September 07, 2011
If the Facebook "Like" count at the bottom of this CNN article is any indication, you've probably already read "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents." (214,000 Likes in 24 hours? Really?) But if somehow this eluded you, it's an opinion piece by Ron Clark, author of The End of Molasses Classes...
August 18, 2011
The Washington Post's Jay Mathews is taking a thrashing from some commenters following a blog post touting the benefits of having teachers visit student homes.
July 06, 2011
A group of teachers at Carney Academy in New Bedford, Mass., paid visits to their students' homes this past year, for no other reason than to get to know their parents better, reports the South Coast Today. The teachers visited 30 (out of 500-plus) of their students' families once in the fall and o...
June 07, 2011
Sam Fuller, a 16-year-old in Albany, Calif., described his life as an "unschooled" student.
June 03, 2011
As the school year wraps up, many parents are scrambling to buy thank-you gifts for their children's teachers. One parent, who was interviewed on the Phoenix news station KSAZ Fox 10but under a pseudonym and with his face and voice disguisedsaid that he feels "a lot of pressure" to make ...
May 06, 2011
Yesterday I had the chance to speak with several Teacher Ambassador Fellows at the teacher town hall meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.