Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:04am
It's been generations since most youngsters reaped the benefits of leaving the school bus and Mom's (or Dad's) SUV behind, among them better health and mobility, the creation of healthy lifetime habits, reduced traffic congestion and cleaner air to breathe.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:20am
Education improvement tends to be top-down; lesson study flips the script to be more bottom-up. But it’s also why lesson study can be a fragile enterprise in the U.S. There are plenty of stories about educators who start lesson study, then a new principal comes in with a different idea about how to do things, and lesson study falls apart.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:16am
The South Dakota State Board of Education approved new social studies standards. The content standards do not require that roughly the first half of what is thought of as American history be taught at high school. If we really want to safeguard the future of this American experiment in democracy, we need to secure it sufficient time in education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:47am
The recent May election demonstrated a disturbing trend in the school board ranks: fewer candidates for governing board seats and higher turnover. Why are so few candidates running? A fundamental reason may be that too many of us are pressed for time to invest the hundreds of hours required annually for these unpaid positions.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:08am
The local fights over what to do with struggling schools usually center on things that can be measured, like test scores and graduation rates. But those debates tend to miss another big part of what makes schools so vital to their communities in the first place, and why we keep investing so much in them — emotionally, and, if we can, financially.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:40am
The state's leaders and policy makers should be asking if the very school district structure that is hard coded into the state constitution is serving us well. There is compelling evidence that educational outcomes for students and the cost to deliver education are affected by the size of the school district in which they attend.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 09/13/2015 - 7:12am
Indiana’s annual standardized test eats up classroom time, adds stress on students and teachers, and has had a mixed record for accurately assessing students’ academic progress. Still, throughout most of its history, the test’s benefits outweighed its weaknesses. But given the mounting problems, that may no longer be the case.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 09/13/2015 - 7:07am
State education officials have settled on a new test they’re calling the Wisconsin Forward Exam. It’s still aligned to the Common Core, but it won’t cater questions to students’ abilities. A concern is the push to tailor questions to Wisconsin. If the questions deviate too far from those used in other states, it will be harder to make meaningful comparisons.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 09/13/2015 - 6:54am
Even from the picket line, Seattle teachers are providing a refresher on civics, math, debate and finance. They’re driving home the importance of reforming Washington state’s broken education-funding system. But, despite claims to the contrary, Seattle teachers have received 5.5 percent raises over the last two years. It’s important for both sides to stick to the facts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 3:04pm
A West Virginia lawmaker is proposing legislation that would essentially prevent school from beginning before Labor Day while also requiring that the school calendar be finished by Memorial Day. He believes that students become less productive, and there is less learning in the classroom, as school drags into the summer months.