The Answer Sheet: The Group

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 07/12/2013

How mad are some teachers? This mad

Educators who are sick and tired of being blamed for whatever woes exist in the public education system have banded together in a group named to show their disgust and defiance.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers, Unusually Named Group Formed

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 05/12/2013

Another name for Ezra Klein's 501c4 list: Rhee's StudentsFirst

Why should Michelle Rhee get to push public policy through her tax-subsidized organization that receives private money from secret donors?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:51 AM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst, Tax Dollars Subsidize Her Group

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Teach for America critics organizing 'resistance' at summit

A group of Teach For America alumni and students of TFA teachers who are critical of the organization are holding a summitt to organize against the organization.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Seek To Fight Group, Set For Summer, Teach for America

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 01/16/2013

PTA criticizes Obama's call for more armed school guards

The National Parent Teachers Organization said today it was pleased with much of President Obama's new proposals to improve school security but that his call for more armed guards at schools "comes as a disappointment."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:13 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Group Opposes Guns on Campus, Gun Violence in Schools, guns, School Security

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/06/2010

Shark Week in the education world

It’s grisly, scary, and distorted. So is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, but I’m referring to the education policy debate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:03 AM ET, 08/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Equity | Tags:  Shark Week, al sharpton, civil rights framework, civil rights group, jump the shark, the answer sheet

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/12/2009

Should parents be required to volunteer at their children’s school?

This isn’t just an academic question.A bill was introduced in the Ohio legislature last year that would force parents with kids in underperforming schools to volunteer for 13 hours each school year--or face a $100 fine. It didn’t pass, but this year, there is a bill requiring parents to attend at least one conference with a teacher each school year but before Dec. 31, or face a $50 fine. Today The Answer Sheet’s Group of moms takes up the issue of parent involvement in schools. Should it somehow be made mandatory?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Group, parents volunteering at school

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/29/2009

Should teachers reveal their political opinions in class?

The Group splits on whether teachers should reveal their own political opinions to their students in class.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education, Civics Education | Tags:  Teachers, The Group

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/15/2009

THE GROUP: How Much Should You Tell Your Kids--And Should You Ever Lie FOR Them?

Today The Answer Sheet’s Group of Moms talks about how honest parents should be about their own pasts with their children. Do you tell them you were awful in school, sneaked out of the house, and drank? .... Are there circumstances under which parents should lie FOR their child? (For example, the famous “She/he is not feeling well when they don’t want to go to a party or to someone’s house."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Group, honesty

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/08/2009

The Group: Our Kids' Teachers, Good and Bad

It is October and by now we have formed opinions about our children's teachers. The Answer Sheet's Group of Moms talks about what makes a good teacher and a poor one. Should you request teachers? What do you do if you have a bad teacher? And what should we, as parents, expect from the school principal?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Group, teachers

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/24/2009

THE GROUP: How Much Is Too Much Screen Time?

Experts tell parents to limit their children's screen time to no more than two hours a day and to keep computers and television out of their kids' bedrooms--but some parents find that hard to do. Today The Answer Sheet's group of moms talks about the struggles in their own home over the time their children spend on television, computer and video games.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Group, screen time, television