No TEST Left Behind

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

-+*Steven Singer: Standardized test scores are highly correlated with a child’s parental income. Rich kids generally score highly and poor kids score lower. That’s what these tests measure – not academic achievement.

Let’s Pay College Athletes

Pay College Athletes

-+*Walter Brasch: We need to get rid of restrictive NCAA rules and pay these athletes. Not just scholarships and room-and-board, but, an actual salary. With benefits. Maybe disability insurance and a retirement plan.

College Not for Everyone?

getting into college

-+*Robert Reich: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class.

High Stakes Testing’s Threat to Civil Liberties

High Stakes Testing

-+*Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

Democratic Presidential Nominee

-+*Robert Reich: The candidate could also call for busting up Wall Street’s biggest banks and thereafter limiting their size; imposing jail sentences on top executives who break the law; cracking down on insider trading; and, for good measure, enacting a small tax on all financial transactions in order to reduce speculation.

Forget Education Saviors, They Aren’t Coming

Democrats on Education

-+*Steven Singer: We can’t elect our way to sound education policy. It will take a massive popular movement of parents, teachers, students and people of conscience. Demands will be made. Protests will be staged. Revolutions may be waged.