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.
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.
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.
Rudy Acuña: My research on Mexican society has led me to explore the water question and has prepared me to appreciate the present crisis in California and throughout the world.
Steven Singer: Changing standardized test answers to make it appear students are doing better than they really are is certainly a crime, but is it really on the same level as the Mafia!?
Robert Reich: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class.
Leonard Isenberg: Instead of setting aside a reasonable sum every year to fund this obligation, which would have been very doable, LAUSD is now faced with well over $10 billion in unfunded heathcare obligations it cannot possibly pay.
Frank Fear: March Madness needs to be reformed so that what happens in the name of major college sports aligns more compatibly with its sponsoring agency, higher education.
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.
Steven Singer: Those advocating for TFA insist it’s somehow better to give a child an instructor who has a few weeks training versus someone with a 4-or-5-year degree and who has real life experience on the job!
Rudy Acuña: CSUN prides itself in being an Hispanic Serving Institution. It has gotten a lot of mileage from it. However, I have not seen the administration reaching out to students and fully informing them of the dangers of impaction.
Walter Brasch: This is not the 19th century when teachers didn’t need a college degree, were primarily female—they were often called “school marms”—and worked for low wages and near-nothing benefits.
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.
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.