School Accountability after 2014

School Accountability after 2014

What does the year 2014 matter in the history of public education? For those who are keeping score, this is the year, according to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), when every student in America was supposed to have achieved proficiency. According to the law, which...
A Nation Still at Risk

A Nation Still at Risk

Thirty years ago, the authors of A Nation at Risk told us: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed...
Peer Learning: Worth All Its Inefficiency

Peer Learning: Worth All Its Inefficiency

At first glance, democracy is not a very efficient system. Put a good dictator in charge and it would seem you can get a lot more accomplished a lot more quickly. But we have learned since grade school to recoil at such ideas in part because we know that the more we...
What Do We Value in Our Students?

What Do We Value in Our Students?

Values: They’re the third rail of public education. You can talk about preparing students for college or career or learning basic skills, or you can talk about teaching dancing or drumming or DNA. Just don’t talk about teaching values. I can understand people’s...

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