Denis Ian: Don’t let anyone hurry your child. Don’t let anyone sandpaper their softest years with “grit” or”rigor” or “college ready” … because there’s plenty of that stuff in the eight hundred months ahead.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has said that it is time for the Garden State to get rid of PARCC. To that end, the New Jersey Department of Education announced last week they will solicit public input in May to “inform” the next statewide assessment.
A bill was just introduced in the New York Assembly that would bar schools from using standardized assessment scores on teacher evaluations.
Denis Ian: Your own schools … the ones you actually own … will be the investment oases of this new century … with a renewable stream of your own tax dollars until … until we all come to our senses. Or go broke.
The Telegraph reports that British schools are getting rid of analog clocks because students don’t know how to read analog clocks. It is doubtful this issue is limited to students across the pond.
Ted Nutting, a retired math teacher in Seattle, said the key to closing achievement gaps is explicit instruction meaning explaining concepts in a clear, straightforward way, showing each student how to use them and following up with lots of practice – including rigorous tests.
Last week, seven states who contract with Questar for their statewide computer-based assessments were subject to a cyberattack. Pencil and paper assessments don’t face those kinds of problems.
American Principles Project and individuals from more than 100 organizations including Education Liberty Watch and Eagle Forum called on Congress to rewrite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty: The politicians vented their outrage about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, censorship of conservative content, etc., but Michelle Malkin points out, “not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren.”