Critics of current trends in education reform, such as historian Diane Ravitch, often complain that they are up against a phalanx of business executives and rich investors more interested in making money than improving schools. These people, the critics say, march in lock step to replace our traditional public schools with charters, vouchers and online campuses so they can squeeze profits out of taxpayer dollars.Read full article >>
Experiential learning has taken a back seat to test-driven education, but here’s why it still matters. This was written by Matthew Wheelock is a former teacher and the executive eirector of Live It Learn It, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization.Read full article >>
About 30 school boards in Virginia have passed resolutions that call on education officials to revamp the Standards of Learning testing system, saying that there is “little research” that shows that students “will be better prepared to succeed in their careers and college” by taking the 34 standardized tests the state gives to each child between grades 3-11.Read full article >>
Do job interviews really help the people doing the hiring make better decisions? Here’s an interesting post by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about here that is just as important. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
There are plenty of problems in public education, but here’s the biggest, from Elaine Weiss, the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a project of the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute that recognizes the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, and works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.Read full article >>
It’s one of the fault lines of modern parenting: What do you do when you stumble into a teenage drinking party? Look the other way? Shut it down? Call the police?
Susan Burkinshaw, a PTA mom from Germantown, Md., admits that she would want to close her eyes, plug her ears and back right out the door. “I think that’s what we would all want to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do,” she says, urging parental courage.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board approved a measure Thursday night that would allow the board to seek both fiscal autonomy and taxing authority from the state.
The 9 to 3 vote was part of the School Board’s 2014 legislative program, which asks the General Assembly to grant school boards the power to tax residents in order to generate revenue for classroom needs.Read full article >>
About 75 students at Friendly High School in Prince George’s County who supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink shirts were given in-school suspensions Friday for violating the school’s uniform policy.Read full article >>
Kevin Maxwell, the new Prince George’s County schools chief, asked the Board of Education on Thursday night to make significant changes to the district’s $1.7 billion budget, allowing the school system to pay for several new executive level positions, additional teachers, some security improvements and other initiatives.Read full article >>
Two public charter schools will lease Shaed Elementary, a Northeast D.C. school building that has been vacant for the past two years, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Friday.
Shaed was closed in 2011 because of low enrollment. It will become the permanent home for the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School, which is now housed in an old commercial laundry building in Northwest Washington’s U Street neighborhood.Read full article >>