Posts from October 2015

Posted Oct. 30, 2015

We Have a Serious Problem in Education Reform and It’s Not What You Think

We have a serious “other people’s children” problem in education reform. Many if not most of the spokespeople and decision makers, really don’t represent or…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Oct. 30, 2015

If You Can’t Teach My Black Children, Admit It and Move On

Every morning I woke up and got my kids dressed ready for school. They knew I was serious as a heart attack when it comes to…

By Khulia Pringle

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Posted Oct. 30, 2015

Within-School Achievement Gaps Support A Case For Subgroup Accountability

The Center for American Progress released a report yesterday that analyzes performance among student subgroups within schools, and the results are enlightening. CAP makes a strong case for why ESEA reauthorization must include provisions that require states to hold schools accountable for the achievement of all students. Without such accountability protections, achievement gaps like these will persist: Approximately 1.2 million black students,…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

There’s Probably a More Thoughtful Conversation to Be Had Regarding School Discipline Policies Than the One We’re Having Now

Over at the Eduwonk blog, Andy Rotherham has a thoughtful take on the New York Times story regarding Success Academy charter schools' school discipline and suspension practices. He points out that former AFT President Al Shanker recognized that finding alternative placements for disruptive students may serve some legitimate interests, including meeting the specific needs of the disruptive student and ensuring an orderly learning environment…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

An Inconvenient Truth About Obama’s Testing Plan

Laura Waters, education writer and NJ school board member, has penned a piece calling out the disingenuous motives of the anti-testing and opt-out movements. She makes a compelling case (using exact quotes) that those who actively fight against testing are really only concerned about their own job security despite the pretense that kids' well being is at the heart of their disapproval. Why, after all, would many of those who feign concern about…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

Filmed Classroom Arrest of South Carolina Schoolgirl Spotlights Police Brutality, Prison Pipeline

Beth Hawkins, formerly of MinnPost and now a Writer in Residence here at Education Post has a piece up at The Hechinger Report about the troubling events in a South Carolina classroom where a female high school student physically thrown from her desk by a school resource officer. Hawkins dives into the whole premise of law enforcement officers being present in schools and what that can ultimately mean, especially for the low income students of…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

The Evidence Is In: Teach For America Teachers Are Still Making a Positive Impact in the Classroom

Mike Hansen at the Brookings Institute's Brown Center on Education Policy reports on some impressive findings from recent evaluations of Teach for America that run counter to recent narratives that the program's results are waning. Based on studies comparing TFA teacher performance to their peers in Miami and the Atlanta metro region, he finds that TFA teachers are making a positive and significant impact even as the program matures and…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

Why Education Should Be a Priority for Speaker Ryan

As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) assumes the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives the time is now more than ever for him to address the challenges of education reform and garner bipartisan support on laws that will provide a high-quality education for students that need it the most. Chris Stewart of Education Post writes on why and how Speaker Ryan can make education a top priority. The challenge for Speaker Ryan with regards to…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

An Inconvenient Truth About President Obama’s Testing Plan

On Saturday President Obama proposed a “Testing Action Plan” (TAP) that urges states to cap student standardized testing at no more than 2 percent of instructional…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

Mother Expects More of her Son and Wants His School to Do the Same

Michelle Maltais is a black Mom and the deputy director of audience engagement of the LA Times; she currently has a very personal piece up at The Huffington Post. In the piece, she explains her decision to send her son to private school and how it is largely based on her wanting a school that will expect a lot from him, as she does. She acknowledges that as a parent there will be no do-overs and that the current public school system just won't…

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

It’s Non-Negotiable. We Have to Teach Social Justice in Our Schools.

In a recent article, J. Martin Rochester, a professor of political science at the University of St. Louis-Missouri, raised concerns about teaching social justice in…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Is Integration Your Silver Bullet? Time to Get Real.

Hey, guess what? That whole school reform thing? They’ve figured it out. That’s right, it turns out all students can achieve, excel academically and grow…

By Tanesha Peeples

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