Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:18am
New legislation would expand the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act, which requires schools to provide a moment of silence. That 2007 act has been upheld in the courts because what the student reflects upon is the individual student’s choice. We need to strike a balance between religious neutrality and a student’s right to exercise their religion.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:10am
Vouchers, charter schools, new learning standards, new assessments or other reforms foisted upon school systems are not the solution. We should know by now that there is no singular solution but rather a matrix of solutions.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:06am
Trust is so basic to the function of public education that we don’t talk about it much. Atlanta’s educators demolished that trust — and in the process deprived some students of honest evaluations of how their educations were proceeding.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:28pm
Most teachers have been unfairly indicted for poor student performance, failing schools and low test scores. We cannot ignore the effects of poverty and the lack of high-quality early childhood education investment. To recruit great teachers, we also need to reject the status quo by significantly increasing teacher compensation.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:38pm
If building new schools is the priority, the new projects should not be subjected to green standards. Increasing construction costs to build schools that, at best, save only nominal energy and financial savings is not merely imprudent but also a waste of taxpayer money.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:22am
We need to make studying abroad in high school more accessible for all students. A global economy demands global students. We need people who can be at home in different lands and cultures. A high school year abroad is also a quick way to discover just how ignorant you are. As such, it's the door to a lifetime of learning and discovery.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:48am
Building a better test has potential benefits for our schools and learning. However, we need to remain vigilant and well informed about how these tests are driving policy, public perception of our schools, instruction, and the daily experience of our children.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:14am
Random drug testing in schools may sound like a good way to keep kids off drugs, but there is little evidence it works, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated in a new report. The group suggests schools redirect their limited resources toward helping students avoid or overcome drug problems.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:59pm
The new PARCC booklets are unsealed with no physical barrier between the different days' units. That has raised concerns that the partnership test made it easier for students to get a head start the content of the next unit — or even for administrators to get a look and prepare a study guide for students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:55pm
Let teachers teach. Let school districts' time and financial resources now squandered on testing mania be put to true educational use. Let standardized tests resume their rightful role. And let's return decisions about education to professional educators.