The Answer Sheet: George Wood


Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/21/2011

No! Not another education commission!

In yet another signal that the one-size-fits-all approach of No Child Left Behind is not working (as if we need one), policy makers in Ohio are pointing to an ever-growing number of college students needing remedial work.  Of course, every such problem provides a chance to convene yet another commission — and here it is, the “Regional Consortia for P-20 Alignment.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 08/15/2011

The wrong — and right way — to manage a school district

A veteran educator talks about the right way and the wrong way to manage a school system as he takes on a double role this academic year: high school principal and district superintendent.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/30/2011

Democracy in schools: Preached but not practiced

Schools are supposed to teach democracy, develop engaged and responsible citizens, and create an intelligent and street-smart electorate. Most don’t.

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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/06/2011

A principal on standardized vs. teacher-written tests

Educator George Wood urges Congress not to rely on standardized tests to measure achievement. If you don't think that "data-driven decision-making" is really test-driven decision making, consider this: Ohio’s school report cards consist of 26 “data” points, and 24 of them—92%--are test scores.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Why the Education Dept. should be eliminated -- Wood

School principal George Wood, acknowledging that "it is peculiar for someone who values education to be arguing for what has often been a very conservative position," explains why he thinks the Education Department should be eliminated.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2010

The danger of blaming schools for economic woes

Principal George Wood writes: "It’s funny how the start of school also marks the unofficial start of the fall campaign season. What isn’t funny is how so many politicians running for office blame kids for our faltering economy."

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/06/2010

Principal: Not the change I had in mind

A principal writes: "I am still not over the sadness and anger I feel over what happened to my colleague, [principal] Joyce Irvine.... Parents are grateful for her leadership, she knows all of her students, she launched innovative programs, her teachers and her superintendent give her high marks, and even her U.S. senator has praised her work. And she has been fired."

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