The Answer Sheet: the list

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Diane Ravitch: Q&A on her controversial new book

Ravitch talks about why she wrote ‘Reign of Error,” what she learned writing it, and what what she thinks about being called “mean” by her critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Twerk, MOOC, girl crush -- words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

There's also geek chic, selfie, blondie, and plenty more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 06/06/2013

U.S. high school graduation rate sees big minority gains — analysis

The U.S. rate hits nearly 75 percent, the highest since 1973, according to an Edweek analysis.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:52 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 05/12/2013

Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards

For a supposedly public initiative, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:43 AM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Why I'm not writing (anything new) about Jay's High School Challenge Index this year

For lots of reasons. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 11/05/2010

Who’s NOT on Forbes powerful people list -- but should be

On the Forbes list of the 68 most powerful people in the world you will find government leaders, bankers, religious figures, a drug trafficker and Oprah Winfrey. But you won't find an educator, and there's one who should have been on the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:13 AM ET, 11/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Do we really need an ed 'enemies list'?

The University Council for Educational Administration Review has published an education "enemies list." I wish it hadn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Obama picked wrong school to give speech

The Philadelphia school chosen for President Obama’s second annual “back to school” speech to students around the country is consistently ranked as a great public college-preparatory institution. That’s why he should have picked a different school to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 06/20/2010

Summer books for reluctant teen readers

Summer is the best time to entice reluctant readers to enter and learn to love books. It can happen, but there’s a trick: You have to let kids pick out their own books. To help you, the American Library Association has a great 2010 list of books for teens ages 12-18. Here it is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:36 AM ET, 06/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 04/29/2010

The surprising educator on Time’s list of influential people

A surprising addition to Time magazine's 2010 list of most influential people is the one educator included--and no, it is not D.C. Schools Superintendent Michelle Rhee, who has become the darling of school reforms nationwide. Neither is it Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:36 PM ET, 04/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/27/2009

The List: The best Southern books ever written

I love book lists, especially those compiled with a lot of considered opinion. The current edition of The Oxford American, a magazine that features the writing of the South, just asked more than 125 scholars and writers to select the best Southern books ever written.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/13/2009

The List: 10 best college presidents, as determined by Time

E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University tops Time magazine's list of 10 best college and university presidents.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/12/2009

Enough With The Lists Already

The Daily Beast blog does an "exclusive" list of the "smartest" cities in the country. So when will we stop paying attention to silly lists?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/18/2009

THE LIST: College Courses I Want to Take

Sometimes I daydream about returning to college and enrolling only in courses that I really want to take. Thanks to on-line catalogs, I designed an academic load that includes math, music, chemistry, writing, space exploration, history and physical education--with courses in tree climbing, chocolate making, videogames, stupidity and more. All are being offered this fall at colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)