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A SWAT for cramming for kindergarten
Thursday, 17 Feb, 2011 – 17:01 | Comments Off
A SWAT for cramming for kindergarten

You know what they say about kindergarten being the new first grade?
Well, forget it. It turns out that advanced kindergarten is life in the slow lane. The real competitors in the “get your kids ahead …

If you want a race to the top, make sure kids start at the same place
Monday, 7 Feb, 2011 – 19:51 | One Comment
If you want a race to the top, make sure kids start at the same place

How can we promise to leave no child behind when we’re abandoning so many of them at the start?
And how can we hope to have a race to the top when some kids are a …

What can we do to create 21st Century schools? Just look to Central California
Friday, 2 Apr, 2010 – 18:29 | One Comment
What can we do to create 21st Century schools? Just look to Central California

Forget all the discussion about where we’re going to live when Dad gets out of the Army. As far as I’m concerned, it’s settled. We are moving to Madera County.
Yes, that Madera County, the one …

Milennials aren’t harder to teach. We just don’t try hard enough
Monday, 8 Mar, 2010 – 18:57 | Comments Off
Milennials aren’t harder to teach. We just don’t try hard enough

It was, admittedly, a new take on the old “these kids and their short attention spans and self-absorbed natures are ruining the world” spiel.
Instead, a British education union leader blamed a culture of “instant gratification,” …

Fire all the teachers? Yes, that will work
Tuesday, 2 Mar, 2010 – 19:36 | Comments Off
Fire all the teachers? Yes, that will work

It’s unfortunate that the AFL-CIO did its job today and jumped into fray in a Rhode Island district that’s firing the entire staff at the low-performing Central Falls High School.
Unfortunate because that gives more ammo …

Five things you can try with your kids while they’re boycotting the president’s speech
Monday, 7 Sep, 2009 – 21:46 | 2 Comments
Five things you can try with your kids while they’re boycotting the president’s speech

Keeping your kids home so they won’t be polluted by the outrageous ideas and radical agenda President Barack Obama is going to present in his back-to-school speech to children across the nation?
It’s good to stand …

Creating education road kill in the ‘Race to the Top’
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 0:50 | Comments Off
Creating education road kill in the ‘Race to the Top’

Aw, you knew it was coming.
You just knew that Arne Duncan, the reigning monarch of merit pay and cheerleader in chief for charter schools, was going to find some state somewhere to some how make …

Develop a national test before deciding what to teach is backward
Monday, 22 Jun, 2009 – 20:01 | 2 Comments
Develop a national test before deciding what to teach is backward

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to start developing a national test before anyone’s even come up with national standards is far worse that putting the cart before the horse.
It’s more like hitching up Secretariat …

Charter schools not an automatic cure, research shows
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Charter schools not an automatic cure, research shows

Here’s one that should shock U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan out of his school-boy crush on charter schools or, at the least, make him pause before he forces the nation to go steady with the …

Where’s the payoff for longer school days?
Thursday, 9 Apr, 2009 – 0:58 | Comments Off
Where’s the payoff for longer school days?

First off, let’s get over the notion that American students are at a disadvantage because the school days are longer in China and India.
The lofty goal of the Chinese education system is nine years of …

Many good reasons why ‘no excuses’ charter schools are not a solution
Wednesday, 25 Mar, 2009 – 1:24 | 5 Comments
Many good reasons why ‘no excuses’ charter schools are not a solution

Here’s a sucker bet:
Within the next year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will go to Boston to trumpet its charter schools as one of his “islands of excellence” where children can blossom and principals can take …

Welcome to the era of the national standardized test – for real this time
Wednesday, 18 Feb, 2009 – 3:28 | Comments Off
Welcome to the era of the national standardized test – for real this time

Did Education Secretary Arne Duncan just accomplish in mere weeks what the past two presidents couldn’t pull off in 16 years?
Look deep into a Tuesday New York Times article, far below all the “gee, isn’t …

NCLB, seven years and still bullying strong
Thursday, 8 Jan, 2009 – 0:48 | 2 Comments
NCLB, seven years and still bullying strong

Happy Birthday, No Child Left Behind.
You were born seven years ago today as the federal government’s first major foray into education reform. Through testing and bludgeoning, you were supposed to be the solution to the …

A wish for the new education secretary
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 – 1:10 | One Comment
A wish for the new education secretary

If the chief knock against Arne Duncan is that the education secretary-designate is not an educator, there’s little cause for worry.
The last time the party changed in the White House the education secretary’s resume included …