How can we tolerate ignorance on something that is as critical to student learning as instructional materials?
The Fate of the Common Core: The View from 2022
The Core is still with us, of course, but it remains a shadow of what its more optimistic proponents envisioned a decade ago.
Reading is NOT Fundamental: Knowledge Is
It is encouraging news that New York City’s three-year-old pilot project testing the content-rich Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum has proved so far “a brilliant experiment in reading.”
The Arts and the Cities Need Arts Education
A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts confirms what politicians need to hear: If you do not bolster arts education classes in K-12 schools, your arts organizations will continue to lose audience.
What Did Klein Learn? Not Much, Apparently
I love Joel Klein. He made New York City a magnet for reform-minded entrepreneurs, sent forth more than a few excellent leaders to other big city school systems, and is never afraid to speak his truth. But his Wall Street Journal op-ed today is really lame.
The College Board and Foreign Languages
Italian professors all across the country should salute the College Board and the advocates who pressed for reviving the course, including Dr. Margaret Cuomo, the Italian Language Foundation, and the Italian Government.
Holding Students Accountable for Changing into Their Gym Clothes
Are traditional P.E. classes likely to be an effective tool in fighting obesity? What little research there is finds no association between PE and weight loss and obesity. One reason more P.E. has not led to weight loss might be that traditional PE classes do not always offer students a real workout, particularly in high school. Students don’t like having to change into gym clothes and get sweaty in the middle of the day. So P.E. teachers may end up grading students in part based on whether they change into their P.E. clothes. The 25th Hour PE class at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is different.
A Language Arts Curriculum for Students in Jail
In “School on the Inside: Teaching the incarcerated student,” just posted on the Ed...
When Schools Shun Competition, Middle Class Families Seek It Out After School
June Kronholz writes that the self-esteem movement in the 1990s made many educators squeamish about competition. In fact, American educators have had a love/hate relationship with it over the past century. But what we have seen is that as schools move away from promoting competition, those parents who think schools are not providing enough competitive outlets go outside of the traditional education system.
Edutopia: Inside George Lucas’ Quixotic Plan to Save America’s Schools
It was just about a year ago that I first started paying attention to Edutopia. They’ve been around for years, but they weren’t on my radar screen. Then suddenly, they wouldn’t stay off it. You couldn’t listen to the radio without hearing their ubiquitous underwriting credit on NPR, with its sublimely confident tagline “What Works in Public Education.”