The Answer Sheet: On Education


Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 04/20/2014

Who is mucking up science education?

Politicians or scientists?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:16 PM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Science Education

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/05/2014

What Americans like best about their favorite teachers

It may surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Teachers

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/09/2014

How to get kids from low-income families into the arts

A new study reveals the key factors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts Education

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

U.S. Education Dept. decides Politico Pro costs too much

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Is teacher education a disaster?

Here is the third and last part of a series on teacher training by UCLA scholar Mike Rose.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher education

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Single university president signs school contract restricting her love life

It just happened at Alabama State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Texts of exchange between Catholic educators in war of words over $1 million Koch gift to university

Scholars say the Koch brothers advocate policies that counter those of U.S. bishops. Catholic University blasts the letter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:56 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

What’s right -- and very wrong -- with the teacher education debate

From Mike Rose, the second part of why educating the educators is complex.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher education

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/15/2013

How much teachers get paid -- state by state

Map shows data for 2013 that represent the estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Salaries, Teachers

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The link between early childhood education and PISA scores

Nations and school systems that did well on PISA are concentrating on early childhood education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 12/06/2013

UC system president Napolitano ‘deeply skeptical’ about Education’s college rating system

Napolitano, Obama’s former Homeland Security secretary, said she hasn’t spoken to the Education Department about it yet but hopes to engage in a discussion.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:25 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Why educating the educators is complex

Teaching is both craft and profession -- and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/23/2013

Why the Obama administration should drop its plan to rate colleges

A college president explains the unintended consequences of President Obama’s plans to rate colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, The 'Twist'

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 11/20/2013

UDC drops physics, history but keeps money-losing sports program. Really.

The school’s trustees make an odd decision.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2013

A school counselor’s request to Michelle Obama

A counselor writes to the first lady about her new role encouraging students to go to college.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, We Need Help

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 11/06/2013

120 business leaders urge Congress to increase pre-K funding

They say it’s the best investment America can make.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013

A warning to Virginia’s next governor

A rebellion is growing against test-based school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia Education

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 11/02/2013

The ‘congenital optimist’

‘We live in an era of nearly constant ideological challenge by those who seek to inflame our doubts about whether we are going to ever regain that wonderful No. 1-in-the-world status that we actually never had.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Harvard, Amherst feud over Emily Dickinson (yes, the dead poet)

Longstanding tensions erupt over digital library project.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:58 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Author Neil Gaiman for U.S. education secretary?

It’s not only what he says but what he doesn’t say.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Secretary

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Can they be this obsessed with data?

The U.S. Education Department wants to know if kids in certain neighborhoods are getting five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Why Malala should have won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

She was deserving, and would have been an electrifying choice.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Is A Right, Malala

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The amazing Malala Yousafzai talks about education with Jon Stewart

She answers a question about what she would do if a Taliban gunman approaches her again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Girls And Education, Memoir Released, Watch The Video

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013

The failures of for-profit K-12 schools

Though there’s plenty of money to be made out there in K-12 education, corporate failures have piled up.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A History, For-Profit Education

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Education Department needs writing lessons

Do you ever read a report and wonder who wrote it and why they didn’t get a good editor?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department, Strategic Report 2014-18

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Education Department suspends 'Doing What Works' website

The department doesn’t have the money to maintain it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department, So Much For 'Proven' Teaching Tips

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Read Eric Cantor’s ‘major’ education speech

He went to Philadelphia and didn’t mention the crisis facing the Phillie school system. But he did praise vouchers and charter schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:25 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, What He Said And Didn't Say

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/22/2013

Transcript: Obama’s tough speech at Congressional Black Caucus gala

The president talks about education as well as health care and gun control.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Gun Control, Health Care, Obama

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The best colleges for delicious, nutritious food

The No. 1 out of 60 top schools is a small school in Maine. But Virginia has four schools on the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:32 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, Rankings

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Is education about increasing earning power?

Sure, education is about feeding the soul and learning how to be a good citizen. But is it wrong to want our kids to go to college so they can get jobs that pay well?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, Rebuttal

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Say what?! ESEA, RTTT, STEM, MOOC, scaling, scaffolding

What, exactly, are educators talking about?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:33 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Jargon

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Obama’s newest bad education idea

President Obama's newest education reform idea, aimed at making college more affordable, is a plan that on its face seems helpful to families but isn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:47 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  But It's Well-Intentioned, College Affordability, Higher Education

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Report: Public schools more segregated now than 40 years ago

'When did test scores become the civil rights issue of our time?'

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:50 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Equity in Education, School Segregation

Posted at 04:10 AM ET, 08/28/2013

School reform: The problems -- and some solutions

Here's a Q

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:10 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Public Education Under Siege', School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Six ways the arts help prepare kids to succeed in life

They are basic skills, like effective communication, finding solutions to challenges, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Arts, Why Arts Education Matters

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Poll: Most Americans sick of high-stakes standardized tests

This is the latest, and best known, of the recent polls on public education that have had conflicting responses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  All Polls Are Not Alike, Education Polls, Standardized Testing

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013

What's the 'most pernicious clich of our time'?

Here are a couple options.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's About Education, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Literacy experts say reformers reviving 'reading wars'

Renowned literacy experts take issue with a recent report on the quality of teacher education programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Critique of Ed School Ratings, Literacy Education, Reading

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013

The disturbing shift underway in early childhood classrooms

Teachers express their concern about how academics and test prep are being pushed on the youngest students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Obsession With Tests

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

The cost of child poverty: $500 billion a year

The U.S. has the second largest child-poverty among the 35 richest nations on Earth, it says. Only Romania's is worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Child Poverty, New Report on Poverty and Education

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Weingarten: The promise of public education for all is 'under assault'

'Public education is under assault by those who want, for ideological reasons, to call one of America's great accomplishments—public education for all—a failure.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By PEople in Education 'To Make A Buck', Randi Weingarten

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 07/21/2013

Finally, a film that celebrates public education

A film decidedly unlike 'Waiting for Superman.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:16 AM ET, 07/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Go Public', Public Education

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Gates Foundation responds to critical articles

The Gates Foundation says stories about how much influence Bill Gates wields in higher education "missed the big picture."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:25 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gates Foundation, Gates' Influence in Higher Ed, Higher Education

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Why MOOCS won't revolutionize higher ed

There are several big reasons MOOCs won't fully 'disrupt' higher ed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:17 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MOOCs, Online Education

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 06/25/2013

China's new education reform: Reducing importance of test scores

China's new education reform is opposite from the U.S. reform track the United States.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:44 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Called 'Green Evaluation', China and Education

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/17/2013

New Hampshire 'neovoucher' program found unconstitutional

A judge says

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:32 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In New Hampshire, Neovouchers, State Education Tax Credit Program, Vouchers

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/12/2013

An exchange on controversial $100 million student database

Letters discuss privacy concerns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Privacy Concerns

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/11/2013

A new 'Education Declaration' for genuine school reform

A coalition of educators and activists issues a declaration explaining how to really reform public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Based on Seven Principles, Education Declaration

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013

How cookie-cutter school reforms cement class, race divisions

For kids who are falling behind, extra interventions and classroom time are needed -- and much appreciated. But certain types of interventions aren't always welcome.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education as a 'Core Value', School Reform

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/09/2013

Provocative education tweet of the day

It's about President Obama's new initiative to bring broadband and wireless to 99 percent of America's schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Technology

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 06/08/2013

Philadelphia school district laying off 3,783 employees

This is on the heels of a "doomsday" school budget for 2013-14 that has no funding for things as basic as paper and new books.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:36 PM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'evisceration of public education in the City of Brotherly Love', Layoffs, Philadelphia Schools

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Text of Obama speech: We will connect 99 percent of schools to Internet

President Obama spells out his five-year plan at a North Carolina school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Technology, New Digital Initiative, President Obama

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Common Core supporters back moratorium on new tests' high stakes

Major education organizations say teachers and students aren't ready.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:23 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, Education Coalition

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Mississippi governor: Educational troubles began when 'mom is in the workplace' -- VIDEO

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that American's educational troubles began when women in large numbers began working outside the home.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, He Knew It Was Controversial

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/25/2013

Physical education should be a 'core' subject: Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine says this is necessary to help confront a "pandemic" of physical inactivity that has contributed to a critical national health challenge.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A 'Pandemic' of Physical Inactivity, Physical Education

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 05/16/2013

What 'education influentials' think will -- and won't -- happen

Here's what Washington insiders are said to think about education policy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:03 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Michigan parent to Arne Duncan: 'Our schools are at the breaking point'

An open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Is This What Education Means?', Arne Duncan, School Reform

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Eighteen myths about education

More homework means more learning, and 17 others.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Infographic, Education Myths

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Why collaboration is vital to creating effective schools

There's a big irony emerging from the ed wars between teachers unions and supporters of market-based reforms that rely heavily on motivating school personnel by threatening them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beyond The Education Wars, Effective Schools

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Not a word from Obama (or White House press corps) on education

What President Obama didn't talk about in his Tuesday news conference.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Nada On Education, On Education, President Obama

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Study: Preschool funding sees unprecedented single-year drop

Enrollment stalled and more programs saw a drop in quality than improvement along with the funding drop.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Nationwide

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/28/2013

Obama's big second-term education problem

President Obama has something of a problem in his second term in terms of education policy: His first term.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Education Reform, It's Duncan's Problem Too, President Obama

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Can computers really grade essay tests?

The National Council of Teachers of English say "no," even if there is new software that says "yes."

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debate on Technology in Education, Technology in Education

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/21/2013

Duncan spells out education agenda to Congress

Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes his case for education budget to congressional subcommittee. Here's his testimony.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Defending 2014 Budget Request, Education Budget

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/17/2013

There's a lot of 'acting' at U.S. Education Department

Nearly six months after the presidential election, the Education Department is still riddled with "acting" officials and Secretary Arne Duncan is losing key aides.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Duncan Losing Top Aides, Education Department

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Universal preschool: Important but no panacea

Increasing the number of youngsters in preschool is a good thing. But improving quality in programs is another, and the content and direction of preschools will be influenced by ideological fervor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:47 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Preschool, Quality of Program Matters

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Why is math so hard for so many?

If you are someone who has long struggled with math, read on to find out why that might be the case.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'A Cultural Contrivance', Innumeracy Like Dyslexia?, Math, Math Education

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Students seek to repeal Alabama law forcing teachers to say homosexuality is criminal

Two Alabama students have started a petition on change.org in support of a bill seeking to repeal a state law requiring sex ed teachers to tell students that homosexuality is a crime.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sex Education

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/17/2013

College student leads fight against anti-evolution teachings in schools

Going to college is tough enough without leading a campaign to repeal a bad state law, but that's what Zach Kopplin, 19, has been doing for several years. His target: The badly named Louisiana Science Education Act, which actually allows teachers in science classrooms to discuss creationism as a way to question evolution.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protecting the Teaching of Evolution, Science Education

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Three commitments U.S. Ed Dept. made at teaching summit

Here's the text of an email outlining the three commitments the U.S. Education Department delegation just made at an international summit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department, Read the Email, Teaching Profession

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 03/08/2013

French mother sends son named Jihad to school in T-shirt with the words 'I am a bomb'

A mother who named her son Jihad and sent him to school with a T-shirt that mentions bombs and Sept. 11 is on trial in France.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:31 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education News, You Can't Make Up This Stuff

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Jon Stewart ridicules preschool critics

Take six minutes and 12 seconds to watch Stewart take apart critics of preschool.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Hilarious Video

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Voters send mixed signals to school reformers in L.A.

Voters keep sending signals that they have very mixed feelings about corporate-based school reform. The latest signs come from Los Angeles, where races for three Board of Education seats resulted in one defeat, one win, and one runoff for supporters of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Board of Education Races, School Reform

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Education innovator wins $1 million TED prize

The winner of the first $1 million TED Prize for education innovation is (no, not Sal Khan) Sugata Mitra, for his plan to start this year the "School in the Cloud." What's that?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'School in the Cloud', Education Innovation

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013

'You can't have that data': 19 months of stonewalling by ed bureaucrats

In state after state, critics of education reform try to get data from state education departments to see for themselves how well the reforms are working but often get stonewalled. Here's one such story.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Reform, School Reform, So Much For Transparency

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/24/2013

The Grammys, the Oscars and now the Bunkum Awards

Unlike the Grammys and the Oscars, the Bunkum Awards are given to winners who would rather not receive them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:21 AM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research, For Awful Education Research

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Report: U.S. should focus on equity in education

A new report today released by a congressionally-mandated commission focuses on an issue that has not been an Obama administration priority: equity in education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Document Has Some Flaws, Equity in Education, What It Says

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Why is Obama calling for a 'rigorous curriculum' for 3-year-olds?

The Obama administration's first focus on early childhood education, back in 2011, raises questions about focus.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, The Devil Is In The Details, The Early Childhood Initiative

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Why wealthy foreigners invest in U.S. charter schools

Do you think they do this out of a love of education and a deep desire to help American kids? Guess again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Investing in Charter Schools, Privatization of Public Education

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Perk of the job: Arne Duncan in NBA All-Star game

Duncan played varsity ball at Harvard and professional basketball in Australia. Tonight he hits the courts again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Education Secretary Hits the Court, NBA All-Star Game, Perk of Being Education Secretary

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama on education in State of Union address

President Obama calls for early childhood education and other education initiatives in his State of the Union speech.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:21 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, Stresses Early Childhood Education

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/09/2013

Global education market reaches $4.4 trillion -- and is growing

Good news for those who see school reform as a way to make big bucks: A new report says that the global education market is now worth $4.4 trillion -- that's TRILLION -- and set to grow a lot over the next five years.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  But Are Schools Any Better?, Global Education Market, Privatization

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Arne Duncan: We need gun control, more early childhood education

ducation Arne Duncan made clear in an interview with Bloomberg Radio that he plans to concentrate on early childhood education in President Obama's second term and he said the country must deal with gun violence now. Here are excerpts from the interview.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:58 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Early Childhood Education, Education Secretary, Excerpts From Interview

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Charter schools that start bad stay bad, study finds

Charter schools that start out doing poorly aren't likely to improve, and charters that are successful from the beginning most often stay that way, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University who also analyzed charter management organizations.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  And Good Ones Stay Good, Charter Schools, Education Research

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/29/2013

National school boards group blasts U.S. Education Department

The National Schools Board Association today blasted the Obama administration's education policies, saying that the Education Department under Secretary Arne Duncan has pushed "unnecessary and counter-productive federal intrusion" onto local school districts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Hits 'Federal Intrusion', School Boards

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013

California's Gov. Brown blasts state, federal education policy

"We seem to think," California Gov. Jerry Brown said in his State of the State Address today, "that education is a thing like a vaccine that can be designed from afar and simply injected into our children." Here are some of the other things he said in address on education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California Gov. Brown, Calls for Trusting Teachers, Education Policy

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Education reform as a business

Here is an example of how school reform has become little more than a business in some arenas (and just how removed some reformers have gotten from classrooms and teachers and students and the actual dynamic of teaching and learning). It's the "Business Plan Competition" being run by the Yale School of Management.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education as a Business, Investing in Education, School Reform, The Profit Motive

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/02/2013

House Republicans like Indiana for education panel (update)

The Republicans have chosen their lineup for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 113th Congress, and it turns out that Indiana took top honors in terms of number of seats. Here's the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Education Policy, House committee members selected, The List

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/12/2012

'Fifty Shades of Who Cares'

There's an avalanche of education tweets every day. Here's one of the more original ones.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Best Ed Tweet of 12/12/12?, Best Ed Tweet of Day?, Education Tweets

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Arne Duncan's second term?

Why would Education Secretary Arne Duncan not directly address questions put to hima bout his second-term agenda at Jeb Bush's school reform summit in Washington D.C. today?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:22 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, Exotic Dancer?, Obama administration

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Study: Homework linked to better standardized test scores

Researchers who looked at data from more than 18,000 10th-graders found little correlation between the time students spent doing homework and better grades in math and science courses. But they did find a positive relationship the time spent on homework and standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research, Homework, Standardized Tests

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Unique for-credit online education program launched by university consortium

A consortium of highly regarded universities around the country said today it was starting a first-of-its kind program that would allow undergraduates from the schools to take approved online courses for credit from any of the institutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online Education, University Consortium, Virtual Ed

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Jon Stewart focuses on public education

On "The Daily Show" Thursday night, Jon Stewart did a segment that focused on public education -- the impact of budget cuts, how kids learn, teachers. Watch it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:11 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Budget Cuts, Jon Stewart, Public Education, The Daily Show, Video

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A call for President Obama to change course on education

Here is a call to President Obama and other school reformers to reevaluate the reform initiatives they have undertaken in recent years, framed against the documentary "The Fog of War," in which former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara came to realize how he had ignored evidence in his prosecution of the Vietnam War.

By Arthur H. Camins  |  04:04 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, School Reform, The Fog of Education War

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/06/2012

A bakers dozen of races that matter to education

There's at a lot at stake for public education in Tuesday's election. There are initiatives on school funding, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and plenty more. Here are some key races to watch.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:18 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Results, Public Education, School Reform

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 11/04/2012

Obama, Romney talk about education visions

Listen to the candidates talk about their view of education and the federal role in supporting public schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:20 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Agendas, Video

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Study: Demography remains destiny in NYC despite school choice reforms

School reformers like to say demography is not destiny. But a new study of New York City's reform effort, which made school choice a priority, has failed to bring about educational equity.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research, Research, School choice

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 10/14/2012

Rich siblings spend big bucks to affect California education funding

Molly Munger vs. California Gov. Jerry Brown is this week's case study in our continuing look at how billionaires (and millionaires) are throwing around their money to drive education reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:08 PM ET, 10/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Behavior, Education funding; California schools

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Next on school reformers’ agenda

Principals can expect to be in the

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, School Reform; School Choice, What's Coming

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 10/04/2012

What would a President Romney really do in education?

A conservative says much would stay the same in ed policy under a President Romney -- but not everything.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:35 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Divining the future, Looking into future, Mitt Romney; Education policy; School reform

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/16/2012

A new poverty-doesn’t-really-matter-much argument

And so drumbeat keeps getting louder

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Paul Petrson, School reform, teating

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 02/01/2012

New D.C. principal’s termination letter from Dallas

Here’s part of the letter recommending termination of a principal who left Dallas public schools last year amid a scandal and then was hired by D.C. public schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:58 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011

'Brain-based' education: Run from it

A veteran educator explains why teachers should run from any curriculum that says it is "brain-based."

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Cuban, Learning, Research | Tags:  brain research, brain-based education, daniel willingham, education and brain, larry cuban

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2011

The VIVA Project: What teachers told Duncan

More than 150 public school teachers put their heads together to devise solutions to problems that most affect their profession. Then they got to do something unusual with their conclusions: present them to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  Arne Duncan, The Answer Sheet, VIVA project, education, education secretary duncan, evaluation and teachers, performance-based evaluation, school, teachers

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011

The Bartleby Project

A veteran educator writes about the country's obsession with standardized testing and what might be done about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  education reform, president obama, school reform, standardized test industry, standardized tests, test industry, the bartleby project

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011

'It makes no sense:' A dissection of Obama's education view

Here is a dissection of what President Obama said about education in his State of the Union speech, plus more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  china and india and education, china education, chinese schools, education, education policy, education reform, indian schools, international competitiveness, obama speech, president obama, president obama school reform, public schools, race to the top, school reform, schools, state of the union, u.s. education

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Letter to President Obama: Who is a 'highly qualified' teacher?

More than 50 organizations sign a letter to President Obama about legislation that would codify a Bush-era regulation that allows states to label teachers as “highly qualified” when they are still in training – and, in many cases, just beginning training – in alternative route programs. alternative route programs.Bamajoin in

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:28 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  continuing resolution, definition of highly qualified, education groups, h.r. 3082, highly qualified, highly qualified teacher, letter to obama, president obama, public school teachers

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2011

On this we should agree

A health expert writes that while there isn’t likely to be peace in the education world over charter schools and standardized testing, on this everyone should agree: The need to focus attention on disparities among our youth in education and in health.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  achievement gap, anxiety-related behaviors, anxiety-related disorders, effects of poverty, environment and schools, health disparities, indian suicide rates, native american suicide rates, poverty and education, public health services, suicide rates

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Obama’s faulty education logic: What he said and failed to say

Someone should have told President Obama that there were important contradictions in the education portion of his State of the Union address before he delivered it to Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Poverty, Poverty, Poverty | Tags:  education reform, no child left behind, obama, obama education initiative, obama education reform, obama race to the top, obama speech, obama state of the union, president obama, public school reform, public schools, race to the top, state of the union, state of the union speech

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Teaching without classroom teachers

Florida is the state that keeps on giving, at least to education writers. What it gives to its students is another question. One thing it isn’t giving to all of its students these days is classroom teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  florida, florida education, florida schools, florida virtual school, gov. rick scott, online classes, rick scott, virtual classrooms

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/22/2011

What Rhee’s comments about her children say about her

Amid the national debate about "Tiger Mother" Amy Chua's parenting style, let's look at what Michelle Rhee recently said about her own children and what those comments reveal about Rhee and her views about education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, Michelle Rhee | Tags:  amy chua, battle hymn of the tiger mother, chinese mother, education in finland, finland schools, grade retention, michelle rhee, parenting styles, rhee and soccer, soccer, social promotion, south korean schools, tiger moms, tiger mother

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Policing the rush to charter schools

What would happen if we applied some school reform policies to city police departments?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  charter schools, gov. mitch daniels, indiana education, indiana schools, journal gazette, schools and police, vouchers

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/19/2011

New report on educational productivity: a waste of resources?

It's hard to argue with the general notion in a new report about educational productivity released today that says -- are you surprised -- that we waste a lot of money. But beyond that, I'm trying to figure out what else of value the report offers. Help.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Accountability, Accountability | Tags:  center for american progress, education, educational productivity, educational research, productivity, research and education

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011

The case against NCLB reauthorization

Here's an argument by someone other than Margaret Spellings against reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  edujobs, elementary and secondary education act, nclb, nclb reauthorization, no child left behind, obama and school reform, president obama, race to the top, reauthorization esea, school reforms

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Martin Luther King Jr. on education: In his own words

Here are some writings by Martin Luther King Jr., on education. Though they are from decades ago, some of this sounds like it could have been written today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  king on education, king's speeches, king's writings, martin luther king, martin luther king day, mlk day

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/17/2011

A quiz: Martin Luther King’s unusual education

Martin Luther King Jr., had something of an unusual education. Test yourself on how much you know about it, and then read the answers, which include information that may surprise you about him.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, History | Tags:  about martin luther king, day, facts about king, king and education, king facts, martin luther king, martin luther king day, martin luther king jr., mlk, mlk day, mlk facts

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Should Duncan have plugged Henderson for D.C. schools boss?

If Education Secretary Arne Duncan were sitting in the editorial board of The New York Times talking about education, do you think he would put in a plug for a specific candidate to be chancellor of the city's public schools?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:47 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, D.C. Schools | Tags:  arne duncan, d.c. schools, d.c. schools chancellor, education secretary arne duncan, kaya henderson, mayor gray, mayor vincent gray, vincent gray

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Va. orders history textbook review -- finally

The Virginia Board of Education has finally taken the first step toward removing two elementary school history textbooks that it had earlier approved despite many errors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, History | Tags:  errors in textbooks, five ponds press, history textbooks, textbook controversy, textbook errors, textbooks, textbooks and errors, virginia board of education, virginia history, virginia textbooks

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2011

The big 5: A teacher's translation guide for policymakers

Those hoping for educator buy-in on the next big education reform idea should first consult this translation guide , which explains some catchphrases and buzzwords that set off warning bells for teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  edu-speak, education buzzwords, education policy, educational rigor, failure is not an option, paradigm shift, research-based methods, rick hess, roxanna elden, teachers

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Framing education as a business

If you have any doubt that business thinking has taken over the education policy debate, take a look at these invitations from two non-profit organizations in Washington D.C., the CATO Institute and the Center for American Progress.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education as Business | Tags:  bill clinton, cato institute, center for american progress, education as business, education buzzwords, education debate, education policy, john podesta, president clinton, public education, return on investment

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2011

What 2010 education research really shows about reform

A review of 2010 education research on charter schools, value-added measures and merit pay shows that the results were not great news for supporters of these reforms.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  charter schools, education research, market-based reforms, shankar blog, value-added, value-added measures

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/06/2011

NCLB's 9th anniversary: 'Will there be anything we will need to remember after the test?'

Nine years ago this week president Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act. Take a look at what it wrought.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  congress and nclb, esea, esea reauthorization, national education association, nclb, nclb reauthorization, no child left behind, standardized testing, teachers unions

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.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Wood, George Wood, George Wood, George Wood, George Wood | Tags:  arne duncan, disaggregated data, education secretary duncan, elementary and secondary school act, esea, esea reauthoraization, george word, nclb, new congress, new york performance assessment consortium, no child left behind, reauthorization of no child left behind, standardized tests

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Resolutions someone should make for 2011

An educator offers some resolutions for the new year: That President Obama et al stop saying, "We are going to educate ourselves toward a 21st Century economy;" that people who really know about education appear on Oprah; that policy makers stop making standardized testing the gold standard of student achievement and teacher effectiveness; that we stop using corporate speak (game changer, incentivize) to talk about education. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  2011 resolutions, ian hacking, mike rose, new year's resolutions, obama and education policy, oprah, oprah winfrey, president obama, standardized tests, stephen jay gould, student achievement, teacher effectiveness

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011

A satirical look at Rhee's 'Students First' (or how students fell to a tie for third)

Here's a satirical look at Michelle Rhee's Students First campaign. Students, it seems, have fallen from First.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Laugh and cry, Laugh and cry | Tags:  edtweak, education tweak, michelle rhee, students first

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

How technology will and won't change schools by 2020

Will ever newer technological devices really lead to an educational revolution and make schools unrecognizable by 2020?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  education technology, handhelds, larry cuban, technology, technology in schools

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2011

A response to Arne Duncan

Here's a response to a piece Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote in The Washington Post today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  arne duncan, bill gates, education secretary arne duncan, esea, nclb, no child left behind, school reform, testing industry

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 12/28/2010

A hard look at education research

Here's a back-and-forth between authors of a report hailing Florida's school reform and a critique of that report. It shows how controversial education "research" really is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:38 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn | Tags:  education research, florida school reform, florida schools, heritage foundation, school reform

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Ravitch takes stock of education in 2010

Education historian Diane Ravitch looks back at the education world of 2010.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  diane ravitch, education policy, teacher assessment, teachers

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Willingham: 3 brain facts every educator should know

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes, "Most of what you see advertised as educational advice rooted in neuroscience is bunkum."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  brain-based classrooms, brain-based education, brain-based teaching, daniel willingham, myelination, neuroscience and education, prefrontal cortex and teens, teaching and neuroscience, the brain and education

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Who in education says 'oops'?

A former school superintendent explains why virtually nobody in education policy ever admits that they "either goofed or would reconsider their decision."

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  charter schools, education policy, education policymakers, gates foundation, larry cuban, research on charter schools, technology in education

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Bring back shop class

An educator writes: "Reinstituting manual education just might lead to a renaissance of common sense in how we educate our children."

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  high schools, marc epstein, shop class, vocational education

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 12/20/2010

A 'highly qualified' gift from Congress to Teach for America -- UPDATED

Is a teacher still in training "highly qualified?" Some of our legislators think so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:29 PM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Congress | Tags:  CR, continuing resolution, education department, highly qualified teachers, renee v. duncan, teach for america, teachers, tom harkin

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Where education reform is heading: From extreme to extremum

If you want to understand where public education reform is heading, look south and east to Florida, where the governor-elect, Rick Scott, is talking about a new funding student formula that is more likely to destroy the public school system than accomplish anything else.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  florida schools, jeb bush, opportunity scholarships, private schools, public education system, public schools, rick scott, school choice movement, school funding formula, universal voucher program, universal vouchers, vouchers

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/13/2010

What Norway (not Finland) tells us about schools

An educator explains what the United States can learn from Norway's education system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  OECD, PISA, PISA results, finland education system, finland schools, norway, school reform

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2010

A Felliniesque education story

A veteran teacher writes that if today's education debate seems Felliniesque, don’t worry; you have not lost your senses. "What is apparent, however, is that the people who run the show have."

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  david steiner, fellini, how to assess teachers, merryl tisch, new york board of education, nyc schools, releasing test scores, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teachers, test scores released

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/12/2010

What international test scores really tell us: Lessons buried in PISA report

Buried in the data report about the latest international results of PISA are lessons that show how U.S. education policy is failing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  PISA, PISA scores, U.S. PISA scores, arne duncan, education policy, how u.s. fares in international rankings, international rankings, international test scores, obama education policy, pisa, the american dream

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Valerie vs. Jay on Teach for America, KIPP, etc.

My friend and colleague Jay Mathews, the most knowledgeable education reporter ever, challenged me to a debate. It evolved into a discussion about Teach for America. Here it is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  education programs, education schools, jay mathews, kipp, mathews strauss debate, teach for america, teach for america debate, teacher education, teachers, valerie strauss

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2010

Kohn: Remember when we had higher standards? Neither do I

When, Alfie Kohn asks, haven't we been complaining about low standards in public schools and calling for accountability? The answer: Apparently, never. A golden period never existed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn | Tags:  accountability, alfie kohn, common standards, education system, nation at risk, reagan administration, school reform, standards

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Schools eligible for 2011 John Lennon Scholarship

The John Lennon Scholarship Program created by Yoko Ono is now accepting applicants from a certain group of schools. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  Appalachian State University, Bard College, Belmont University, Berklee College of Music, Birmingham-Southern College, Brown University, California State University Northridge, Carnegie Mellon University, Catawba College, City College of New York, Clark Atlanta University, Colorado State University, Columbia College (Chicago), DePaul University, Drexel University, Elmhurst College, Emory University, Florida State University, Full Sail, Georgia State University, Harvard University, Hunter College, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Lehigh University, Loyola University (New Orleans), Michigan State University, Middle Tennessee S. University, Millikin University, New England Conservatory, New York University, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Purchase College (SUNY), UCLA, University of Alabama, University of California Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Idaho, University of Memphis, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of North Alabama, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Texas, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, Wilkes Community College, Yale University, john lennon, john lennon scholarships, menc, national association for music education, yoko ono

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2010

A primer on (and problems with) market-based reform

Here's a primer on market-based school reform, the vision of its proponents and why their agenda is not the best thing for children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  andy smarick, arne duncan, checker finn, chester finn, democrats for education reform, dfer, fordham institute, geoffrey canada, green dot charter schools, harlem children's zone, jeb bush, joel klein, kipp, kipp schools, market-based reform, michael bloomberg, michelle rhee, richard barth, rick hess, rick scott, school reform, steve barr, wendy kopp, whitney tilson

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 12/07/2010

Ravitch to Gates: Let's talk

Education historian Diane Ravitch invites Bill Gates to a public discussion on education reform, and explains why public schools must remain public.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  bill gates, checker finn, diane ravitch, education policy, federal control of schools, local control of schools, obama and school reform, republicans in congress, school reform, school reform policies, wall street journal

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Willingham: Close to a magic bullet in education

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about something that he says may come as close to being a magic bullet in education as anything.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Achievement gap, Achievement gap, Achievement gap | Tags:  achievement gap, daniel willingham, education research, gender gap, school reform

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2010

What is Michelle Rhee up to in Florida?

What is Michelle Rhee up to by taking an unpaid, advisory position on the education transition team of Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  bush and rhee, florida schools, jeb bush, michelle rhee, rhee and education, rhee and florida, rhee in florida, rick scott, steven colbert, the colbert report, washington d.c. schools

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/03/2010

Was achievement gap understated?

An education analyst writes that a graph released by government underestimates the achievement gap on the latest 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Achievement gap | Tags:  achievement gap, bluegrass institute, education statistics, naep, national assessment of educational progress, nces

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2010

Time to pay attention to a reform that works

There’s an education reform strategy that has 50 years of solid research behind it, with proven results that demonstrate how to improve student achievement. It’s. a solution backed by both political parties to help narrow the achievement gap, increase high school graduation rates and reduce crime and delinquency. So why don't we focus on it like a laser beam?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  achievement gap, early childhood education, kindergarten, pre-k, pre-kindergarten

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/01/2010

Some Education Department spin

It didn’t long for the Education Department to try to link its school turnaround policy to a new report that says that the number of high school “dropout factories” has declined in the last decade. The problem for the department is that there is no link.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  america's promise, arne duncan, building a grad nation, dropout crisis, dropout factories, education department, high schools, school dropouts, school reform, turnaround models

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2010

First blame the teachers, then the parents

An educator warns that after teachers have been sufficiently scapegoated for the troubled public education system, parents will be next. And she offers an alternate framework for which to reform schools, one of responsibility rather than phony accountability.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  accountability, arne duncan, department of education, school reform, teachers

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/29/2010

What Tom Friedman got wrong about schools and why it matters

The great New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote in a recent piece that if he were a cub reporter today, he’d want to be “covering the epicenter of national security -- but that would be the Education Department.” If Friedman the cub reporter had turned in this piece, a veteran education editor would have sent it back, asking him to back up his contentions with research. He’d have a hard time.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, education secretary arne duncan, performance pay, public schools, school reform, schools, standardized tests, teacher evaluation, the new york times, tom friedman

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 11/24/2010

The mismatch between Duncan's words, actions

A veteran teacher writes an open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, saying that the mismatch between Duncan's words and actions makes "a real consensus impossible."

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Anthony Cody, Anthony Cody, Anthony Cody | Tags:  anthony cody, arne duncan, education secretary, evaluating teachers, school reform, standardized tests, teacher assessment, value-added

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Murdoch buys education technology company

This didn't take long: Joel Klein announces on Nov. 9 that at year’s end he will resign as York City’s Schools chancellorship to become executive vice president at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Yesterday the company announced it was buying a technology company with big financial ties to the New York City school system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education technology, joel klein, new york city public schools, news corp., news corporation, nyc schools, public schools, rupert murdoch, school policy, school reform, schools, wireless generation

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Hannah Arendt and the point of education

An award-winning veteran teacher reflects on the reasons we bother to educate children, and concludes that we have forgotten or never knew, because if we did, we wouldn't do it the way we do now. "I find I am becoming increasingly radicalized as I age," he writes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers | Tags:  education, guest bloggers, hannah arendt, kenneth bernstein, standardized tests

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 11/20/2010

Why teaching experience really matters

Bill Gates just urged school districts and states to stop rewarding teachers for their experience in the classroom and/or advanced education degrees. Arne Duncan makes the same argument. But evidence shows that teaching experience DOES matter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:46 PM ET, 11/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, bill gates, class size, does experience matter, education department, education secretary duncan, lowering class size, raising class size, research on class size, research on teaching experience, school reform, schools, shankar blog, standardized tests, teacher experience, teacher pay, teacher quality, teacher salaries, teachers, teaching experience, value added

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Kohn: What 'ready to learn' really means

Alfie Kohn explores the real meaning of what he calls the "rather odd" phrase "ready to learn" as it is applied to young children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn | Tags:  David McLelland, alfie kohn, early childhood education, martin haberman, readiness to learn, ready to learn

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 11/18/2010

The NAEP scores problem

When you live by test scores, you run the risk of dying by them too -- or, at least, the policies that dictated their importance should.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:09 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  arne duncan, education secretary arne duncan, naep, naep scores, national assessment of educational progress, standardized tests, test scores

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 11/17/2010

What Ravitch told KIPP and Teach for America

Education historian Diane Ravitch gave a speech at Rice University about school reform in which she directly challenged officials from Teach for America and the Knowledge Is Power Program who were present -- the very people who had invited her.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:04 AM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  arne duncan, charter schools, diane ravitch, finland, finland education, kipp, knowledge is power program, nclb, no child left behind, obama school reform, president obama, rice university, secretary duncan, teach for america, teachers, tfa

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Experts: How to overhaul teacher ed (and my problem with their report)

A major report released today calls for overhauling teacher education programs. It offers a number of strong recommendations, but, unfortunately, continues a reliance on standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests | Tags:  blue ribbon panel, blue ribbon panel report, education programs need overhauling, effective teachers, preparing teachers, report on clinical practice, report on teacher education, report on teacher preparation, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teacher ed, teacher education, teacher education programs, teacher education through clinical practice, teacher preparation, teacher quality

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 11/15/2010

Are Rhee and Florida interested in each other?

The talk in education circles in Florida is that the governor elect, Rick Scott, may be looking for a new education commission and one name that seems dominant in the discussion is Michelle Rhee, who just resigned as Washington D.C. Schools chancellor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  arne duncan, florida, florida education, florida education commissioners, florida governor, florida schools, george bush, george w. bush, jeb bush, michelle a. rhee, michelle rhee, rhee, rick scott

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/13/2010

Teacher: Data, my new dirty word

A teacher explains how an obsession with data has led to the redefinition of teaching and learning: "Teaching itself has become redefined as generating, collecting, and using data, and learning has become redefined as the curve connecting data points. This is a fundamental shift in how educators think, talk, and go about educating our children. Unfortunately, it is not a shift that serves anyone but the data-collectors very well."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 AM ET, 11/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  data, education, educational data, mad math minutes, mad minutes, nclb, no child left behind, school reform, schools, teachers, teaching and learning, test data

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Palin: Parents should decide what kids eat in school

An effort by the Pennsylvania Board of Education to encourage public schools to limit sweets and introduce more healthy foods has attracted an unlikely critic: Sarah Palin.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  banning sweets, child nutrition act, cookies, michelle obama, nutrition, nutrition guidelines, obesity, obesity epidemic, palin cookies, pennsylvania board of education, sarah palin, school breakfast, school lunch

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Yes, you can teach kids to eat broccoli

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it, but at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington D.C., chef Lisa Dobbs runs a food program that has young students relishing broccoli, tilapia encrused with panko, boureks with beef or vegetables, and other foods not commonly embraced by kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:13 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  bill shore, charter schools, child nutrition act, elsie whitlow stokes, first lady michelle obama, jeff bridges, lisa dobbs, michelle obama, nutrition education, obesity, school lunch, share our strength, stokes charter school, whole foods

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

De-legitimizing public education

The quality of American education is going to get worse. Count on it. And contrary to the conventional wisdom, the main reason isn’t going to be the loss of funding accompanying economic hard times. Educator Marion Brady explains why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  bill gates, marion brady, public education, school reform

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.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Wood, George Wood | Tags:  ed department, education department, eliminate the education department, george wood, guest bloggers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Harvard’s strange ‘Strange Bedfellows’ education event

You might think, or at least I would, that a ticketed discussion at the Harvard University Institute of Politics on education would include people with different views. But with Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush and John Podesta as the panel, the "discussion" will sound more like an echo chamber.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  arne duncan, charter schools, education department, harvard, harvard university, institute of politics, iop, jeb bush, john podesta, margaret spellings, michelle rhee, no child left behind, obama education reform, president obama, race to the top, school reform

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/04/2010

Margaret Spellings: The last NCLB defender?

It's hard to find strong defenders of No Child Left Behind these days, except, perhaps, for Margaret Spellings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:57 PM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind | Tags:  arne duncan, diane ravitch, education secretary arne duncan, jay mathews, margaret spellings, nclb, no child left behind, vincent gray

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Where Kline stands on education policy

The man expected to be the new chairman of the House's education committee has some strong opinions about policy: He immensely dislikes No Child Left Behindy, but wants the Disabilities Education Act fully funded.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress | Tags:  112th congress, IDEA, arne duncan, charter schools, congress, education committee, education policy, gop takeover, gop victory, house education and labor committee, john kline, midterm elections, nclb, no child left behind, president obama, race to the top, rep. john kline, republican victory, special ed, special education

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Why so many bright kids fail to launch in college

Nationwide, there is a large and growing group of bright kids whose brains aren’t wired right for a demanding college routine. The strategies and supports that worked in high school when they were living at home are not adequate to the new demands that college places on the executive functions of the brain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  SAT scores, add, adhd, college dropouts, college freshmen, college graduation, college work, executive functioning, graduation rates, high school, higher education, landmark college, learning disabilities

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Education policy: What will happen now

If you think things have been unexpectedly bad in the world of education under President Obama, the Republican takeover of the House could just make things even worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress | Tags:  boehner, boehner speaker of the house, congress, democrats, education department, education policy, gops takes house, john boehner, nclb, no child left behind, obama, obama democrats, president obama, rand paul, republican takeover, republicans, speaker of the house

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 11/02/2010

What other countries are really doing in education

For a while education mavens keep pointing to other countries as models for education reform. Let's look at what some of them are really doing. Guess what? It's not what we're doing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:56 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, education finland, education singapore, finland, finland schools, finland teachers, singapore, teachers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/02/2010

Is Duncan out of bounds?

I have one question about this poster promoting Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech on school reform at UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week: Who thought showing Duncan playing basketball with President Obama was a good idea?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  arne duncan, education department, president obama, school reform, secretary arne duncan, secretary duncan, unesco

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/29/2010

And now, a tragicomic conversation on 'differentiation'

If you liked a video I posted this week showing a funny but scary conversation about collaborative planning and teaching, here's a different one, this on "differentiation." Watch the new one even if you didn't like the first one.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  collaboration, differentiation, education video, planning meeting, school reform, teacher collaboration, teachers, you tube

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010

New college rankings based on quality, cost

The folks at Kiplinger.com, which offers financial advice, did some numbers crunching and came up with their list of the best values in private universities and liberal arts colleges, taking quality and cost into consideration.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  best values in education, caltech, college costs, duke, harvard, higher education costs, kiplingers, kiplingers best values, mit, princeton, private schools, rice university, swarthmore college, total college costs, yale

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2010

7 Class size myths -- and the truth

Across the country, class sizes are increasing at unprecedented rates. Budget pressures are weighing on school districts, but there has also been a fierce attack on the value of class size reduction. Here are the most common myths about class size (No 1: It is an unproven, ineffective reform) along with the facts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Class size, Class size | Tags:  class size, class size matters, class size reduction, education department, florida class size, leonie haimson, school reform, texas class size

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 10/26/2010

In STEM era, humanities get new attention

Given all the attention STEM-related subjects get, you could be forgiven for thinking that math, science, technology and engineering are the only things college students can take. In this STEM era, the humanities are getting new attention at colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:49 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Curriculum, Curriculum | Tags:  STEM, brandeis university, engineering degrees, humanities, iran, mandel center, math education, new york times editorial, president obama, science fair, social sciences, south korea, stem education, the humanities, university of connecticut, university of pittsburgh, white house

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 10/24/2010

Saving public education: the 'Dolly Solution'

An educator proposes a new model for school reform: cloning, which, in three easy steps, is the surest route for improving public education. It makes perfect sense.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:36 PM ET, 10/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, cloning, dolly parton, dolly the sheep, education department, george washington, jaime escalante, led zeppelin, no child left behind, public schools, race to the top, school reform, schools, stairway to heaven, stand and deliver, teachers, ted williams

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 10/18/2010

Willingham: Should teachers be so important?

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes: "Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor that influences kids’ schooling. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:25 AM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  daniel willingham, education, school reform, schools, student achievement, teachers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2010

Radical idea: Public schools aren't an awful mess

A longtime educator writes about public education: "Backed into a corner, beat up and wildly uneven in quality, yes." But an unmitigated disaster? No.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  ariana huffington, arne duncan, gerald bracey, guest bloggers, hurricane katrina, katrina nation, nancy flanagan, pisa, public education, school reform, teachers, waiting for superman, wendy puriefoy

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 10/08/2010

Still trying to make sense of NBC's Teacher Town Hall

A special education teacher who attended NBC's Teacher Town Hall is still trying to make sense out of the event, saying that it did not turn out as advertised.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:29 AM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  education nation, nbc, school reform, teachers

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Down the education rabbit hole

David B. Cohen writes, referring to Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures: "Much of the education reform debate has been down the rabbit hole for a while, but I keep expecting people to act with some common sense."

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  bush initiative, bush institute, education nation, newsweek, principals, school reform, teachers

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Report: Schools, teacher ed programs ignore how kids really learn

James Comer and Robert Pianta write about a new report that says: "Despite big advances in our understanding of how children and adolescents grow and learn, little of that knowledge has found its way into schools or educator preparation programs."

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research, Research | Tags:  achievement gap, education research, james comer, research, robert pianita, student achievement, teacher education, teacher evaluation, teacher quality

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/04/2010

Book blasts research base for Obama reform plan

A new book analyzes the research base for President Obama's blueprint for education reform and finds that it is, at best, very weak.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research | Tags:  diane ravitch, education research, esea, no child left behind, obama blueprint, obama schools, reform blueprint, research, research summary, school reform, welner

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010

Why won't Congress admit NCLB failed?

Monty Neill asks and answers: Why is Congress so unwilling to recognize both research and public opinion and overhaul the most basic fact of No Child Left Behind: Its high-stakes standardized testing regime has failed?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, congress, congress nclb, fairtest, finland education, finland schools, gallup poll, nclb, no child left behind, singapore education, singapore schools

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010

The strange media coverage of Obama's education policies

School reform has suddenly caught the attention of mainstream news organizations in a big way. Why aren't they more skeptical about President Obama's reform agenda?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  $100 million newark, education nation, journalism, nbc, school reform, waiting for superman, zuckerberg

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/29/2010

Ravitch: The long, failed history of merit pay and how the Ed Department ignores it

Education historian Diane Ravitch writes: "Few people realize that merit pay schemes have been tried again and again since the 1920s. Belief in them waxes and wanes, but the results have never been robust." And a day after a big study was released showing that performance pay made no difference, the Education Department handed out millions of dollars for the development of merit pay programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  $1.2 billion and merit pay, diane ravitch, education department and merit pay, merit pay, merit pay study, performance pay, ravitch book, study on performance pay, vanderbilt study

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 09/27/2010

The elephant that Obama and Lauer ignored: Poverty and student achievement

When President Obama sat down for an interview about school reform with NBC's Matt Lauer, they walked right up to the link between poverty and student achievement, but wound up ignoring the elephant in the room. And that tells you what you need to know about the Obama administration's school reform policy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:41 PM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  arne duncan, education nation, obama, obama nbc, obama school reform, obama schools, president obama, president obama; obama interview; obama lauer interview; obama education interview; student achievement poverty; poverty and schools, race to the top

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/25/2010

Season of the education film: Do they help or hurt?

We are in the season of the educational documentary. There has been a lot written about several films, including "Waiting for Superman," but the real question is what happens after the final credits roll. Will there be any lasting impact?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  education documentaries, education films, race to nowhere, school reform, the cartel, the lottery, waiting for superman

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Texas education board: Textbooks favor Islam over Christianity

The Texas Board of Education adopts a controversial resolution today that accuses textbook publishers of favoring Islam over Christianity and tells them to stop it. Never mind that the books the board cited as examples of bias were phased out of Texas classrooms long ago.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:15 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, History, History | Tags:  islam resolution, mosque and ground zero, religion resolution and texas, resolution, texas, texas and islam, texas and textbooks, texas board of education, texas resolution, textbook resolution, textbooks and islam

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/23/2010

Ravitch: Why Fenty, Rhee really lost

Diane Ravitch, writing about Mayor Adrian Fenty's loss, says: "Journalists attributed Fenty’s loss to the power of the teachers’ union, but such an explanation implies that black voters, even in the privacy of the voting booth, lack the capacity to make an informed choice. When the Tea Party wins a race, journalists don’t write about who controlled their vote, but about a voter revolt; they acknowledge that those who turned out to vote had made a conscious decision."

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  D.C. schools, Diane Ravitch, adrian fenty, bill perkins, democrats for education reform, dfer, fenty loses, gray rhee, gray rhee summit, michelle rhee, school reform, tea party, teacher unions, vincent gray

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 09/21/2010

World Bank invests more in education; big gap remains

The World Bank announced that it will make $750 million in additional investment through 2015 to achieve universal primary education. The additional funding of $150 million per year over the next five years represents less than 1/100 of the total global need.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:56 AM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Equity | Tags:  education, education funding, education investment, fu, oins summit, united nations summit, world bank

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/20/2010

What Americans really think about public schools

In an era of unrelenting bashing of public education by “experts,” a new poll shows that most Americans actually like their neighborhood public schools -- though they don’t seem to like public schools in general -- and they have trust in teachers. And the Obama administration’s education agenda gets mixed reviews in the 2010 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research, Research | Tags:  content standards, failing schools, gallup poll, kappan magazine, obama and education, obama and school reform, pdk poll, phi delta kappa, public schools, school funding, standardized tests, teacher quality, teachers and pay, teachers and respect, what americans think about education

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/20/2010

Has education reform jumped the shark? A teacher says 'yes'

A veteran teacher looks at recent events in the education world and concludes that yes, indeed, education reform has jumped the shark, and the signs of its collapse are everywhere.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  anthony cody, arne duncan, bill gates, education nation, gates on oprah, michelle rhee, nbc education nation, oprah, race to the top, rhee on oprah, teachers and reform, teachers town hall

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 09/19/2010

Ravitch: Why civil rights groups oppose the Obama agenda

Education historian Diane Ravitch looks at the Obama administration's insistence on embracing competition in federal education funding and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:34 PM ET, 09/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  arne duncan, bridging differences, civil rights groups, civil rights report, diane ravitch, equity in education, guest bloggers, no child left behind, race to the top

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Why 'Waiting for Superman' premiere was chilling

Something chilling happened at the Washington D.C. premiere of "Waiting for Superman" that involved Michelle Rhee and the A-list audience.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools | Tags:  adrian fenty, al franken, arne duncan, charter schools, d.c. schools, david axelrod, fenty and gray, george miller, melody barnes, michelle rhee, movie premiere, obama and refoms, obama reform, president obama and school reform, research and education, research on charter schools, rhee and gray, superman film, superman premiere, teachers and unions, vincent gray, waiting for superman, what will rhee do?, when will rhee leave?, who will replace rhee

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/16/2010

Study shows test score improvements

For those who follow test scores, here's a new study of five years of assessment trends showing that U.S. 4th and 8th graders are doing better in reading and math than they were in 2005. It’s not just according to the states’ own tests used for No Child Left Behind accountability, but also according to the federally sponsored National Assessment of Educational Progress.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests | Tags:  center on education progress, jack jenningers, study on test scores, test scores, test scores increase, test scores rising, test scores up

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 09/15/2010

Texas considers how Islam is portrayed in textbooks

The Texas Board of Education finally adopted its social studies standards a few weeks ago, seeming to put an end to the a huge controversy that erupted when critics accused religious fundamentalists of rewriting American history. Now, apparently, it is taking up a new issue: How students should learn about Islam.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:51 PM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  social studies standards, texas and islam, texas and social studies, texas and standards, texas board of education, texas islam rule, texas school board

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 09/14/2010

About that Time magazine education poll

Here are some questions about Time magazine's recent education poll.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:13 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  merit pay, time and education poll, time magazine education poll, time poll and schools

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/08/2010

School board president: Ed reformers ‘just don’t get it’

A school board president blasts current education reformers, saying "They simply just don’t get it. They don’t realize what true education is and they have no clue the challenges we face in helping students engage in it."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  charlotte hummel, education reform, school reform, william penn school district

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/08/2010

Ravitch: Welcome back to school "reform"

Diane Ravitch predicts that the 2010-11 school year will be another year in which "teachers and principals will be blamed and punished" unless their students' test scores go "up and up," more principals will be fired and more schools will be closed. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  diane ravitch, education secretary duncan, guest bloggers, no child left behind, obama and blueprint, obama and school reform, race to the top, race to the top winners, rttt winners, the death and life of the great american school system, top ooool reboamael

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/03/2010

The decade’s best education books?

The magazine Education Next's poll of best education books of the past decade is showing some ironic results.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  best education books, best education books of the decade, daniel willingham, diane ravitch, ed next's poll of books, education next, education next's poll, linda darling-hammong, poll of education books, the death and life of the great american school system, why don't students like school?