While some schools have struggled to meet the needs of an influx of immigrant students, others are offering supports to help them get a linguistic, cultural, and academic foothold.
The testing provider accused of botching the state's common-core assessments last month claims the responsibility lies at least partly with another vendor.
To prepare preschool teachers for the classroom, we need to look beyond conventional teacher education, argues Katharine B. Stevens.
Below, several paragraphs from the April 29 article “Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat Is the Luxury You Won’t Want to Live Without.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?
What was the outcome in Saturday’s boxing match that pitted Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Manny Pacquiao?
Last year I published a post titled “A very scary headline about kindergartners” about how youngsters in Oregon performed on readiness tests — and how upset adults were with the results. Since then, I’ve published a number of other posts (see list below) showing just how kindergarten has changed in the era of test-based accountability, emphasizing academics rather than socialization and learning through structured play. Here is a new piece about the problems with today’s kindergarten, written by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom. She is the author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined recess.” Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England.Read full article >>
Former and present Corinthian students are either refusing to repay their student loans or asking the Education Department to forgive their payments.
Jasmyn Hill had been attending the same charter school in Southeast Washington for five years before she ever ventured into the woods that surround the campus. “I had no idea what was in there,” said the 16-year-old junior with long turquoise nails and waist-length braids. She described herself as “not really the type who goes camping.” Read full article >>
From a bench under a leafy tree lining the manicured yard at the center of Howard University’s campus, Talitha Halley’s tales of life a decade ago seem starkly incongruous.She was 12 in the summer of 2005, growing up in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina slammed into her city, destroying Halley’s home, her community and her sense of place in the world.Read full article >>
Had it been a group of children she was addressing, Renee Roth would have had more than enough words to share after being named the top teacher in Prince George’s County.In 30 years, the Tulip Grove Elementary educator has perfected speaking clearly, lovingly and directly to grade-schoolers in Bowie, where she teaches science. But since it was a party of her peers, Roth needed a few moments before improvising.Read full article >>
I don’t do video games. I never have. I don’t own any pocket-size devices that would allow such activity. If I’m bored waiting in line, I pull out the latest Washington Post Outlook section — which I always carry wadded up in my back-right pants pocket — and catch up on books and contrarian thought.Read full article >>
The movement among parents to refuse to allow their children to take Common Core-aligned standardized tests has been growing in a number of states, as recent Answer Sheet posts have chronicled (here and here, for example). As opt-out numbers have grown, so too has reaction from officials who argue that frequent testing is valuable and that school districts could lose federal funds if too many students refuse to take the test (a threat that appears to be based on shaky ground.) Though testing supporters have attempted to minimize the importance and impact of the opt-out movement, it is having a big impact, as explained in the following post by award-winning New York Principal Carol Burris.Read full article >>
This is an important post about the consequences of government-sponsored segregation in places such as Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, where violent protest has erupted over the deaths of black men at the hands of police. It was written by scholar Richard Rothstein, who explains that whenever young blacks riot in response to police brutality or murder, “we’re tempted to think we can address the problem by improving police quality” — but that only won’t address the primary problems. Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. He is also senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law, and he is the author of books including “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right, and “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap.” He was a national education writer for The New York Times as well.Read full article >>
Darius Craig was disgusted Monday night watching other Baltimore teens on television as they burned cars, looted shops and hurled rocks at police. But the high school senior understood why his peers were so angry.Read full article >>