Valerie Strauss

ReporterWashington, D.C.

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‘What we must do and what we must stop doing.’

  • Aug 20, 2014

A well-regarded annual poll conducted by Gallup finds waning support for the Common Core State Standards.

  • Aug 20, 2014

‘There is no need for innocent children to go hungry because’ of the civic unrest in the Missouri city.

  • Aug 19, 2014

The opening of the new school year has now been postponed twice because of continuing unrest.

  • Aug 19, 2014

Support has gone down among the general public too.

  • Aug 19, 2014

A teacher’s response.

  • Aug 18, 2014

Benchmarking is everywhere in education now. We benchmark students in relation to standards, schools in relation to each other, or the educational performance of our own country against higher scoring competitors. Why?

  • Aug 18, 2014

‘Why would policymakers create tests that are designed to mark as failures two out of every three children? ‘

  • Aug 17, 2014

A letter about the responsibility of teachers in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death.

  • Aug 17, 2014

About Abe Lincoln and more.

  • Aug 17, 2014
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About
Valerie's blog: The Answer Sheet

I’ve been covering education for at least as long as I went to school – from kindergarten through graduate school – and The Answer Sheet gives me the opportunity to keep learning (and get paid for it).

I research my own pieces that reflect the (often unfortunate) historic changes under way in the American public education system, and I publish the work of teachers, parents, researchers and others, some people with whom I disagree. I take a wide view of what constitutes an education topic: Anything that I happen to be interested in (and I try to mention the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen whenever it makes even the slightest bit of sense to include). I like to laugh, so sometimes, I run pieces that make me do that. Read The Answer Sheet and let me know what you think.
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