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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

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Half of U.S. Public School Students Living in Poverty, Study Finds

A new study points up the links between poverty and school performance, as experts say punitive test score-based assessment programs miss the most crucial factor in student success: readiness to learn.

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What Is the Goal of School Reform?

As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

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Testing on Humans

Never mind, data is good, data is great. It can’t hurt to give the tests, right? Oh, but it can, it really can.

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School ‘Reform’ the Walmart Way

The Walton family, better known as the Walmart heirs, have invested millions in trying to privatize Los Angeles public schools; perhaps the true culprit of the sequester is President Obama; meanwhile, the former pope’s resignation can be seen as a sound surrender rather than a cowardly abdication. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Standing Up for Teachers

Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.

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Education Reformers Send Their Kids to Private School

There really are “Two Americas,” as the saying goes—and that’s no accident. Nowhere is this more obvious than in education—a realm in which this elite physically separates itself from us mere serfs.

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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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