Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 3:00pm
The President John F. Kennedy students learn about today is not their grandparents’ J.F.K. In a high school textbook written by John M. Blum in 1968, Kennedy was a tragic hero, cut down too soon. By the mid-’80s, that heady excitement was a distant memory, and Kennedy a diminished one.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 2:26pm
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.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 2:20pm
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.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:35pm
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.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:32pm
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.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:23pm
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.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 2:55pm
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?
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 2:43pm
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.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 2:28pm
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.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:00pm
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.