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: Teachers Suffer States’ Common Core Uncertainties

Teachers Anxious as Policymakers Waffle on Common-Core Decisions State EdWatch: The indecision about the common-core standards in many states has led some teachers to believe that policymakers are leaving them in the lurch. Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display …

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Seven things kids need to read better (and raising standards isn’t one of them)

For two decades,  Ellie Herman was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection.…

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Charles M. Blow:”Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage”

No one should ever endure the kind of economic humiliation that comes with working a full-time job and making a less-than-living wage. There is dignity in all work, but that dignity grows dim when the checks are cashed and the …

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Healtrh Care Horror

You'd think that people were dying because they signed up for health insurance. You'd think that people were going broke because they had to leave behind their old policies that didn't cover needed expenses and treatments. You'd think that the…

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Even the strongest relationships sour

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair — seemingly inseparable.  Times have changed. In early 2011, Jindal tapped White, then the superintendent of the Recovery School District in New…

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Media: NPR Ed Team Adds Staff (Still Needs Spiffy Name)*

As you may already have heard via Twitter, the latest news on the NPR education team expansion front is that they've hired Anya Kamenetz to be one of two education bloggers for the new, expanded education page.   Starting next …

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Testimony: The Power of Inclusion

By Rebecca Ralston, Manager of Youth Leadership On Tuesday, March 25, Special Olympics Project UNIFY staff, along with youth leaders and educators from across the country, presented to the Department of Education on the power and growth of Project UNIFY …

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Charts: Hey, At Least Schools Fare Better Than Police In Perceived Fairness To Blacks

On the left is the percentage of whites who think blacks are treated less fairly (in schools, it's 15 percent).  On the right is the percentage of blacks (51 percent). From Charles Blow's NYT column this weekend.…

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Bruno: CCSS Supporters Beat A Hasty Retreat

Once upon a time, supporters of the Common Core argued passionately that the new math and English standards would, by virtue of their clarity and rigor, substantially improve education in the United States. In recent weeks, however, supporters - …

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Quotes: Duncan Responds To Criticism Of Data Privacy Guidance

We created a new Chief Privacy Officer. We've put out guidance recently, and where it needs to be strengthened going forward -- and not just us, but everybody, states, districts, schools, myself as a parent trying to figure it out …

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