School Reform: Replace the Coaches – Not the Team

No education reform article I’ve ever read accurately identified the two real stumbling blocks to improving our K-12 school system.  The reason is because almost all of them are written by school administrators and not teachers.

Our schools are melting …

How Do We Really Begin To Leave No Child Behind?

A politician running for office was recently asked how she would make sure that all parents are involved in their children’s education.  While she admitted parental involvement is a huge factor in one’s educational success, she also admitted she had …

Sara Ferguson: “I Represented All Teachers”

Sara Ferguson, a teacher from Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania, was a special guest at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday.

She says:

I’m a runner, and before every race I write students’ names on …

Get students thinking critically about bullying – through comics

Bullying prevention has been generating lots of discussion lately, but one group that we don’t hear from enough is kids. It would be nice if we could ‘solve’ the problem for them, but top-down directives and zero tolerance policies alone …

Test Scores, Test Scores, Almighty Test Scores

A while back I wrote a blog proposing that teachers finally give in and use nothing but test scores to evaluate teachers.  Since that time I’ve been doing some thinking, and I decided why stop there?  Standardized tests should …

Manufactured Controversies: How Non-Educator “Education Experts” Twist the Truth

There are times, as a teacher of biology, when I suffer what I call “math envy.”  See, none of my math teacher colleagues ever have to defend the fact that 2 + 2 = 4.  This is a well-established fact; …

Bullying Is a Social Justice Issue

We are now hearing reports that Hispanic schoolchildren in Alabama face bullying in the wake of that state’s anti-immigrant law.

A 12-year girl who is a citizen and whose father is from Puerto Rico is called a “damn Mexican” by …

Bullying Prevention: School Support Staff Are Essential

Where do you think most student bullying takes place?  While some bullying occurs in the classroom, the most common places are on the school bus, in the hallways, in the stairwells, in the lunchroom, and on the playground.

What do …

Education Budget Cuts in Florida

Cents and Sensibility… Inside Florida Education

We’ve all heard this expression numerous times this year,“We must tighten our belts” with regards to education. Whose belts are we tightening in the education arena anyways?

Or, did they mean a noose …

A Bullying Myth: Is it Bullying or Character Building?

Bullying is vexing.  Bullying creates anxiety and fear, causes students to avoid coming to school, and affects their ability to learn.  We know too well that it can also lead to despair and students’ taking their own lives

But, we …

AM News: School Closures Worsen Things For Ferguson-Area Kids

The other injustice in Ferguson: Schools are closed Quartz: The list of closures affects schools that are rich and poor, black and white, emblematic of districts that are more segregated today than before Brown vs. Board of Education.  Oklahoma: Education Waiver Is Restored for State NYT: The …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Bridging Differences is taking a break for the holiday this week. Deborah Meier will return with a new post on Tuesday, Dec. 2.... …

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Seven States Put on NCLB Waiver-Renewal Fast Track

Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have been tapped to renew their waivers through an expedited process, the department said Tuesday. …

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Let’s put the no indictment into numerical context

courtesy of this post at 538.com by Ben Casselman… According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment

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ConnectED – Déjà vu All Over Again

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to have an invitation to the White House to attend the President Obama’s announcement of the Future Ready Schools Initiative as part of the administration’s ConnectED program. One hundred school superintendents were also in …

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Update: Cosby Allegations Raise Tough Education Issues

Last week, NPQ discussed the issue of Cosby's board memberships (Must Nonprofits Change Their Relationship with Bill Cosby?), and I'm told that StudentsFirst has now removed the entertainer from its board. But there's another, deeper issue, which is …

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Cheating confirmed on SAT given in Asia

The Educational Testing Service has determined that some students in Asia cheated on the SAT given in October, and it is opening a new probe into whether some cheated on the November college admissions exam. Meanwhile, concerns continue to rise…

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5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Mourning Former DC Mayor Marion Barry

Union helps Jeb Bush build cred by calling him out - Washington Wire - WSJ http://ow.ly/EOsH2  Marion Barry’s Complicated Education Legacy | Ahead of the Heard http://ow.ly/EOqSY  @saramead NEA’s $132M Influence Spree - @dropoutnation http://ow.ly/EP49n  What It Takes to Fix …

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Quotes: Weingarten May Be Helping Bush By Calling Him Out

[Bush] says he wants to break up so-called ‘monopolies’ of public education, forgetting that public education is a public good, a moral imperative and a constitutional mandate in many of this country’s states, including Florida. - Randin Weingarten via …

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Oklahoma Is Reclaiming Its No Child Left Behind Act Waiver

The Sooner State was the second state to lose its NCLB waiver after Washington state, and now is the first state to reclaim a lost NCLB waiver. …

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