Shane Vander Hart: The standards and accountability movement have not increased flexibility or raised student acheivement. It has increased bureaucracy.
Retired educator Mary Tedrow said that while visiting schools in Finland she realized how “mean-spirited” the U.S. K-12 system is.
Michael Petrilli with the Fordham Institute says after a “cold war” between reformers and traditionalists we are at the end of education policy. Is he right?
Daniel Hamlin and Paul Petersen of Harvard University says no evidence suggesting a correlation between proficiency standards and student achievement exists.
High school students in Brooklyn, New York City walked out of school in protest of a personalized learning program funded in part by Mark Zuckerberg.
Shane Vander Hart: Both the testing and accountability movement and personalized learning are examples of top-down, dataless reforms that won’t work.
Lynne Taylor: Election Day did not change the fact that our education system has been reduced by absurdity by educrats at all levels of government.
Sandra Stotsky: All students, including minority students, need academically stronger teachers, whether in North Carolina or Massachusetts.
Common Core’s emphasis on critical thinking will not help schools provide better civics education, but will produce student activists who know nothing.
Maren Hicks encouraged administrators to heed teachers’ concern about standardized testing and policies that lose sight of the children in their care.