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Fairness is a core American value. Last week, President Obama spoke eloquently about fairness and why it matters if all Americans are to realize their dreams of decent lives for themselves and their children.
President Obama talked about growing our economy faster and linked this goal to empowering “more Americans with the skills and education they need to compete in a highly competitiveContinue Reading »
When A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform was published in April of 1983 it set off a political and policy firestorm that continues to smolder today. The report was submitted by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, which consisted of some the nation’s top educational leaders and chaired by David P. Gardner, president of the University of Utah.
The reportContinue Reading »
Where a student goes to high school matters in the transition to college—a lot.
Imagine three young women about to graduate from their neighborhood public high schools—Amanda is graduating from a school in an affluent community, Sally from a working class high school, and Vivian from a school in a poor urban neighborhood. All three have studied the same core subjects, all have grade poinContinue Reading »
Stereotypes are dangerous—they hurt, they mislead and they ultimately diminish us all. When whole groups are stereotyped, prejudices that damage the social and educational fabric result. This problem is evident when women and minorities are stereotyped in the science, technology, engineering and math fields known as STEM. The challenge of enrolling and graduating more women and minorities in SContinue Reading »
In 2005, Andy Rotherham and Tom Toch had a brilliant idea. Why not do something different? Why not bring together the best research with the best educational journalism to inform policy and spark meaningful debate and new ideas in education? With no vested interests. With no axes to grind. And with a fearless commitment to a simple idea: All students deserve a high- quality affordable educationContinue Reading »
Tenure in higher education is a sacred cow. Jobs for life (with no mandatory retirement) we are told are the backbone of academic freedom, original research, and high level teaching.
Yet, we see that the ranks of the permanently employed are thinning: according to a new study by National Bureau of Economic Research, in 1975 57% of all higher education faculty were in the tenure system; bContinue Reading »
On the face of it, you wouldn’t think evaluating teachers would be a terribly emotional issue. After all, professionalism implies evaluation and transparency on a regular and consistent basis. Doctors answer to tissue committees and lawyers are scrutinized by their colleagues daily. Why is teacher evaluation so fraught with emotion?
Recent surveys indicate that teachers feel under siege.Continue Reading »
Chad Aldeman’s most recent blog raises some fundamental issues about what we mean by accountability. Do we compare schools against some established academic standards or do we compare them against each other? Is academic proficiency absolute or relative?
While I have reservations about our current testing regime, I have to say that grading on the curve may make sense for courses that areContinue Reading »
In matters of style, swim with current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Should where a student lives influence his or her chances of upward mobility? Most of us would say no. But here are some sobering facts.
According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard and the University of California at BeContinue Reading »
Child poverty is our national family secret. According to a recent ETS study by Richard Coley and Bruce Baker, among the economically advanced countries only Romania has a higher percentage of children living in poverty than the United States.
Twenty-three percent of American children live in poverty. One and a half million children live in extreme poverty, getting by on $2 or less per pContinue Reading »