Steven Singer: Federal education policy – whether it be No Child Left Behind or Race to the Top – continually doubles down on privatization and standardization.
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.
Frank Fear: We presume Alma Mater always does the right thing and is socially responsible in its operations, but the record doesn’t support that belief.
Mark Naison: What is going on in heavily TFA dominated charter schools is something straight out of Charles Dickens, and it is spreading to public schools following the charter model who work in fear of being shut down.
Walter Brasch: Many of our millennial children believe they are entitled to have what they believe their needs are.
Lawrence Wittner: For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?
Steven Singer: We have too many children attending our public schools that don’t stay put. They move from district to district and therefore miss valuable instruction.
Joshua Leibner: You completely dismissed the agonized cry of the teachers of LAUSD who believed that the students should have a superintendent who championed their causes through education policies.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: When I first became a teacher, I went into shock when I realized that not all schools were like the school that I had grown up with, that not all children were given the same opportunities that I was.
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Consistently on a campaign of coercion, Duncan insisted that the Common Core be tied to high-stakes standardized tests that would purportedly measure the students’ mastery of these standards.
Steven Singer: The biggest flaw in this proposed act is that it keeps annual testing in place. If approved in its current form, public schools would still have to give standardized tests to children in grades 3-8 and once in high school.
Rosemary Jenkins: We must never be guilty of dummying down our standards, but the standards must never be so draconian that many students would be discouraged from pursuing a meaningful education.
Mark Naison: Asking young people to go through entire days sitting in their chairs, devoid of any regular physical outlet, is to ask them to do something entirely unnatural for any human being, much less a child.
Steve Hochstadt: When being politically incorrect means frightening and perhaps misleading one of my students, for whom I am a major authority figure, why make that choice?