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Facing the Beast: What Broke American Education?

Two new books about the woes of public education stake out opposing views of the problems, and the solutions, all wrapped up for you in this New York Review of Books essay review.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity—and it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few, according to a manifesto on the Education Opportunity Network. To rebuild America, we need a vision for 21st-century education based on seven principles, it urges.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Teachers Struggle for Tenure Under New Rules

With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a mission to “end tenure as we know it,” nearly half of the city’s eligible teachers were denied the status that educators’ advocates embrace as essential for defense against discriminatory firing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Administration’s Waivers Nullifying ‘No Child Left Behind’

The Obama administration has relieved nearly 26 states of the program’s controversial requirement to make all students competent in reading and math by 2014. Ten more states are in line to receive the waivers.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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10 States Get a Pass on ‘No Child Left Behind’

It’s one of the most maligned domestic relics of the George W. Bush era, and now President Obama has stepped in to let 10 states off the hook, at least for the time being, from the experiment in educational standardization known as “No Child Left Behind.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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No Child Left Behind 10 Years Later

With the broadly lamented education bill turning 10 on Sunday and Congress and the White House divided over how to update it, Dana Goldstein at The Nation considers the effects of some of the law’s mainstays: the spotlight on the achievement gap, standardized testing, the rhetoric of failing schools and upper-middle-class alienation.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE


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A New Resistance to Standardized Tests

A fresh national movement to oppose the standardized testing of young students is afoot. The Bartleby Project aims to invalidate state test results by getting parents and their children to simply opt out of testing; if enough did so, that would make schools’ yearly progress ratings meaningless.  (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Guts No Child Left Behind

The Obama administration on Monday gave states a break from the ailing No Child Left Behind law, allowing them to file waivers that grant flexibility in meeting science and math proficiency standards.

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Obama: No Education Cuts

Insisting that “the best jobs program out there is a good education” and lamenting the U.S.’ slip down the ranks in the global brain trust, President Barack Obama declared Monday that his budget plan won’t include high costs to the American educational system.

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Changing No Child Left Behind

President Barack Obama’s administration has called for an overhaul of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law, mitigating the ridiculous focus on standardized tests with an approach that takes into consideration student attendance and classrooms’ learning climates.

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Lying to Our Children

Education Secretary Arne Duncan feels that “we’re lying to our children” when we accept low student achievement standards, a policy that sees many states promoting children to the next grade despite being inept at reading and math. Also, Santa isn’t real.

Posted on Oct 31, 2009 READ MORE



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Blinded by Reform

The Obama administration has committed serious money to education reform, but many of the Department of Education’s big ideas are flawed.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Education ‘Miracles’ Don’t Survive Scrutiny

What miracle talk and magic-bullet solutions share is the reduction of complexity, of the many levels of hard, creative work necessary to make schooling successful in the United States.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


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The Rebirth of Education

A friend of mine, J.M. Zimmerman, once stated that to revitalize our schools, engage our children and ultimately save our planet will require “the death of education and its rebirth.” Sometimes systems are so flawed that they need to be scrapped and replaced rather than fiddled with or fixed. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Bush’s Legacy Untangled

Keith Olbermann, in this comma-laden “Countdown” diatribe, really lets loose on the idea of George Bush’s legacy being anything but a dishonorable, terror-filled and disastrous eight years.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE



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No Child Left Behind Fails Us All

Truthdig asked Demitrious C. Sinor, an inspirational educator, to sound off on the state of our schools. He warns that unless the No Child Left Behind regime ends soon, America’s classrooms could unravel. It’s a reality that neither presidential candidate seems to fully understand, but one he sees every day, from where he sits.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Banking Collapse Lands on America’s Schools

One of the worst casualties of the Iraq war and the Wall Street failures is the U.S. public school system, which is central to the nation’s economic, intellectual and social health. With financial resources being consumed, education cuts are on the way. Thank you, John McCain and President George W. Bush.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE



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Counter-Recruiters Push for School Access

The No Child Left Behind Act forces high schools to allow military recruiters access to students. Counter-recruitment groups that pitch alternatives to military service are working around the country to try to limit the impact of the Pentagon’s $3.5-billion effort. One organization in the Los Angeles area is pushing, with some success, for equal access.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Liberating the Schoolhouse

UCLA professor Wellford Wilms, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the crisis of public education in America, offers a must-read counterpoint to Bush’s blather about “No Child Left Behind.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Making the Grade

Students aren’t the only ones who worry about grades—teachers also have to meet performance standards and follow curricula dictated by their districts.  However, as educator Sharon Scranage points out, teachers working with socioeconomically disadvantaged children have to deal with even greater challenges without the aid of a specific “core” curriculum to address their students’ special needs.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


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The Education Blame Game

It’s not just kids who get left behind in an educational system that fetishizes data and quantitative measures instead of qualitative progress.  Teachers, particularly in lower-income schools, end up punished and humiliated because they are judged to be “underachievers,” according to educator Sharon Scranage.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Leaving Children Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act’s relentless focus on testing blinds us to the egregious funding shortages that plague our nation’s public schools.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Pink’s Plea to Bush

The pop star Pink stretches a bit from her standard fare with this protest song about Bush—which includes the lyrics, “How can you say no child left behind? We’re not dumb and we’re not blind…. What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away? What kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?”

Posted on Apr 23, 2006 READ MORE


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