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The most important lesson schools can teach kids about reading: It's fun

Discussions of reading, especially public policy discussions, focus almost exclusively on its utilitarian value. What’s missing is the pleasure readers derive from the reading they do.

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How Congress can improve teacher education

The nation’s teacher education programs are in disarray. Many programs have low admission and graduation standards, weak curricula, inadequate clinical experience, faculty who are out of touch with practice and limited contact with schools.

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On early learning, Maine foolishly rejects a winning investment strategy

It’s discouraging the state would pass up an opportunity to invest in its youngest residents at an age when the return on investment is highest.

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America's best economic stimulus is education

It is in everyone’s interest to ensure our youth are well educated. It is everyone’s responsibility to offer a helping hand and get involved. Youth need support from the time they are in preschool to ensure success in high school and beyond. A critical juncture is 4th grade reading proficiency.

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Corporate greed at heart of public education's problems

Our system of public education is in dire straits, to be sure. However, the teachers aren't the cause of its decline; neither are the parents or the students.

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Is Colorado the new litmus test for education funding?

Did Coloradans want good schools but decide they were not interested in paying for them? Or were they so opposed to any reforms that they were willing to pass up the money?

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Fallacies, realities about teachers and education schools

Spreading the poisonous notion that everything in current educational establishments is mediocre will only hurt our capacity to continue to entice amazing young people into this profession.

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States are starting to test teachers

In the film “Bad Teacher”, Cameron Diaz’s character says she entered the profession “for all the right reasons: shorter hours, summers off, no accountability”. No one is threatening to take away the first two perks, but several states are eyeing the third.

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Schools matter in student performance

A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have decided to oppose the A-F school grading system because they consider it unfair. Unfortunately, their sense of what is fair is based on flawed thinking about educational quality and gives little credit to great educators.

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In public education, edge still goes to rich

The anguished and often angry national debate over how to improve American educational standards, focused intently on grading students and teachers, mostly bypasses how the inequity of resources — starting at the youngest — inevitably affects the outcome.

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