Dr. Michael Flanagan: In the current world of education reform, where people who have never set foot in front of a classroom decide major policies and protocol, seniority and experience are derided. To real teachers, working in the trenches is a badge of honor.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Larry Wines: Subsidizing billionaire owners of professional sports franchises comprised of millionaire players often gets a free pass from slash-and-burn advocates of austerity.
Jen Bradley: Many in the ‘opt-out’ movement are dissatisfied with curriculum as preparation for testing, with school funding decisions based on student performance, and with the for-profit politics of assessment.
Steve Singer: Working in a poor school district like mine, you hear a lot about accountability. If administrators don’t enact this reform, or teachers don’t do that paperwork or students don’t score this high – they’ll close us down.
Frank Fear: The NCAA-Penn State settlement needs to be a wake-up call for change—big, meaningful change. But what are the odds of that happening, especially in the near future? It’s zero.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Not giving teachers results of students tests is like not allowing doctors to see results of tests they’ve run on their patients.
Bonnie C. Margolin: In our dog eat dog society, it may seem necessary to maintain this value system throughout school, but the opposite is true.
Rudy Acuña: We were too young, naive or preoccupied with the Vietnam War, campus turmoil and the excitement of times to recognize the significance of the changes.
Bonnie Margolin: Much like the children in the bestseller, students in today’s schools must compete against each other to survive, taking test, after test, after test
Bonnie Margolin: Based upon the recent blockbuster, The Hunger Games, I have taken to making comparisons between the battlefield in the movie and the school environment that we have established for our students. The similarities are uncanny.
Steve Singer: Forget that all the evidence shows standardized tests don’t actually measure student learning. They show parental income. Rich kids generally score high and poor kids score low.
Mark Naison: The U.S. Department of Education and its short-sighted cheerleaders among civil rights groups are actually hastening the development of more of a two-tier education system than we already have.
Walter Brasch: Publishers in America, trying to reap the widest possible financial benefit by not offending anyone, especially school boards, often force authors to overlook significant historical and social trends.