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China's education plan ... from Finland's playbook

If you think the business competition from China is hard now, brace yourself. It will likely get tougher in about 20 years or so. And how is China doing it? By borrowing a page from Finland. At first blush, though, it would appear that China is simply lightening up.

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No child left untableted

Sally Hurd Smith, a veteran teacher, held up her brand-new tablet computer and shook it as she said, “I don’t want this thing to take over my classroom.”

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Serious games and the future of education

The tablet classroom may have once been the stuff of science fiction, but modern developments in technology and brain science may have come together to create a massive change in the way we think about education.

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‘Race to the Top’ for education a flop, report finds

The Obama administration’s signature $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, designed to spur far-reaching education reforms across the country and raise student achievement, is largely a failure, an analysis concludes.

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Universal preschool? How about universal parenting school?

For as much anxiety as Americans have about whether our schools are letting children down, why don't we spend as much time and effort fretting about whether parents are letting their children down as well? We think nothing of grading schools, grading teachers, and grading our kids at every turn to make sure that they're getting what they need, but parents are rarely so scrutinized.

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School bus safety is a joint effort

By requiring all school transportation vehicles to pass through a meticulous inspection process and drivers to meet specific, mandated state and federal standards, the MVC takes every step necessary to ensure that all of New Jersey’s 24,000 student transportation vehicles make the grade all year long. But the MVC cannot do it alone. The MVC, New Jersey school districts, and school bus companies must be strong partners to fully ensure student safety.

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Education should be about experimenting, listening to all sides

Without effective policy, any principal could try any new grading experiment, and have all students in a school receiving grades from the “pilot” without board knowledge or approval, or even superintendent knowledge or approval.

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Michelle Rhee's plan for education reform takes the wrong path

None of these so-called reforms has moved the needle in a positive direction. It’s outrageous that outside lobbyists peddle this long-expired brand of education to communities with the message that it will be the elixir for what ails their public schools.

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Desegregation and the public schools

In many northern cities, the 1974 United States Supreme Court decision Milliken v. Bradley killed any hopes of integrating the public schools.

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When memorization gets in the way of learning

A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information.

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