The Answer Sheet: Larry Cuban

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 08/04/2013

The problem with the Paul Vallas brand of school reform

Turning around a failing company or a school district is no work for sprinters, even if school reformers say otherwise.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 08/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 05/19/2013

Is it time to kiss Michelle Rhee goodbye?

A former superintendent thinks Michelle Rhee has run her course. Here's why he thinks so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Parents as tigers and wimps: Cycles in child rearing and schooling

An educator explains how the media hullabaloo over Amy Chua’s 'Tiger Mom' and angry rebuttals from many parents (and grandparents) are at the root of the traditional vs. progressive cyclical conflicts that have ebbed and flowed over what reforms work best in U.S. schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

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)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/19/2010

'Burn and churn' among charter school principals

Seventy-one percent of charter school principals expect to leave their posts within five years, according to a new study. So what’s the big deal about entering and exiting charter school principals?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 09/26/2010

Will Rhee be a footnote in school reform history?

Like Hugh Scott, the first African American superintendent in Washington D.C., Michelle Rhee will be a footnote in a doctoral dissertation on the D.C. schools a generation from now, educator Larry Cuban writes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:03 PM ET, 09/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rhee in D.C.: The myth of the heroic leader

A former superintendent and Stanford professor emeritus writes that the heroic view of superintendents breaking china in order to build a better district for students—an image loved by media and the public—is a sure-fire recipe for disappointment and cynicism over turning around failing schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2010

Rhee's biggest, and most costly, failing

A former school superintendent, teacher and now a university professor writes about the biggest failing of D.C. Schools Superintendent Michelle Rhee, and why it may ultimately lead to her departure from the city.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)