Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:00pm
Today, Big Data has replaced many human number crunchers, while robots are drafted for military endeavors and factory floor tasks. Humans are required to be creative, entrepreneurial, problem-solving thinkers. Games-centered curricula could be the best solution for educators to prepare students for today's workforce.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:56pm
By imposing a three-year moratorium on new charter school creation and the expansion of existing charter schools, A New Jersey bill, if passed, will mean that fewer children will have access to a great public school education that can put them on track to a better life.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:14am
Skeptics question whether children can master what they need to know with no required curriculum, and advocates concede that free schools are not for everyone. But they say it’s a form of education that trusts in children’s innate desire to learn, and cultivates the independent, critical thinking that democracy depends on.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:01am
There's an underlying problem with PARCC regardless of its effectiveness, some parents and teachers say — in the weeks it took schools to administer the tests, students' daily learning was continually interrupted in some schools.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:07am
The Crescent Leadership Academy is one of just three schools set up to deal with problem kids, and before its current principal arrived, it was widely known as a weak link. A local nonprofit alleged the school was little more than a way station on the school-to-prison pipeline.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:03am
A debate over the right to a free public education has surfaced in the most contentious legislative battle in California this year: Does one student's right to an education trump another student's right to stay healthy?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:11am
Charter school lotteries are fixed. Even when operators entice lottery participation, voluntary entry skews the composition of charter populations. Charter lotteries should instead include every student within a district or zone. Such a fix would maintain the power of school choice while providing all the opportunity to make that choice.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:53am
Unless empirical studies confirm a sound relationship between performance on Vermont's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test and critical and valued life outcomes (college and career-ready), test results should not be used to make consequential funding judgments about schools and students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:50am
If state and federal governments want to improve education, it would be prudent to invest in early childhood education instead of spending huge sums of money developing standardized tests that are putting increasing pressure on school districts in the state with little result.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:27am
A new national policy must aim directly at improving classroom teaching and learning. Curriculum must be more demanding, and a fair amount of money should support every student regardless of the property wealth of school districts.