Posts from December 2014

Posted Dec. 31, 2014

Whither Rage? A New York Times Op-Ed with the Wrong Title

David Kirp’s recent op-ed in the New York Times is titled Rage Against the Common Core. But in reality the piece itself is barely a…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Dec. 31, 2014

Before You Rage, Get the Facts Straight on Common Core

This weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed by David L. Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, in which Kirp portrays the rollout of the Common Core State Standards as “mishandled” and attempts to use it as an opportunity to blame the Obama administration. While Ann Whalen questions his conclusions on our blog, we wanted to make sure to get the facts straight here: Starting in the…

By Education Post

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Posted Dec. 30, 2014

What We Hope Will Improve in Education in 2015

As we look toward a promising and productive 2015, the staff at Education Post reflect on their educational wishes for the New Year. Peter Cunningham…

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Posted Dec. 30, 2014

Finally, a Way for Teachers to Speak for Themselves

Where can teachers turn when they want reasonable workplace protections but see traditional teachers unions as political, stifling and inflexible? A new article by Alexandria…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 29, 2014

Barbic’s Belief in Better Schools for Nashville Communities

Chris Barbic runs the Achievement School District (ASD) in Tennessee. It was created to bring improvements to the chronically lowest-performing schools in the state, primarily…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 29, 2014

2014 in Review: Our Top Posts on Accountability in Education

We shouldn’t shirk accountability, but embrace it. Progress begins when we believe all children, not a select few, can excel. It means being honest with…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Dec. 26, 2014

California Teacher: Our Voices Need to Be Heard on School Staffing Plan

Teachers work directly with students, but too often lack substantive roles in crafting education policy. They want a stake in determining how and what children…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Dec. 26, 2014

2014 in Review: Our Top Posts Supporting Common Core

The Common Core State Standards has become a toxic brand in education policy, unjustly depicted as an example of federal overreach that will singlehandedly eviscerate…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Dec. 23, 2014

Nashville Dad: ‘The Ability to Choose Our School Truly Made a Difference’

“At first we felt like we had no other choices,” writes Nashville dad Antjuan Welch about the anxiety that he and his wife initially faced…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 23, 2014

2014 in Review: Our Top Posts on Charters and School Choice

We know support for school choice and charters remains high among parents and the general public, but we also know that the headlines are often…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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