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Kat Czujko

How we can use the spotlight of Vergara to raise teaching standards

By Kat Czujko

I was in my second year of teaching when an English teacher at my school told me that Maria could copy her reading summaries right out of the book since “at least she tried to do her homework.”  Now 18, Maria is taking 9th grade math for the fourth time and barely has enough credits […]

Brad Pitt waves as he arrives at the Paramount Theatre of the Arts for the premiere screening of the movie "Moneyball" Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

What can higher ed learn from ‘Moneyball?’

By Shaul Kuper

In 2002, Oakland Athletics baseball team general manager Billy Beane wanted to improve the team’s standing, but with limited financial resources he had little hope of attracting big name players. He dug into the data and found players who had great stats, but who, for a variety of reasons, weren’t very appealing to other scouts. […]

Hunter R. Rawlings III

On the offense for the liberal arts

By Hunter R. Rawlings III

I am as tired of reading “defenses” of the liberal arts as I am of reading assaults upon them. To me, a liberal arts education needs no defending since the benefits are self-evident. So the following assertion of the importance of the liberal arts is not a defense. Perhaps in pedagogy the best defense is […]

Carrie Bakken

Vergara v. California highlights the need for a teacher-powered educational strategy

By Carrie Bakken

The Vergara v. California ruling that every student has a Constitutional right to learn from an effective teacher has been labeled bold — but it actually mirrors the counterproductive strategy long dominating reform efforts that ignores teachers’ professional expertise and then blames them for poor student outcomes. This decision pits unions against reformers. However, we’d […]

Christina Torres

What Teach for America can learn from its own work in Hawaii

By Christina Torres

Teach for America recently released numbers showing that its 2014 class is the most diverse in its history. It should be lauded for this. Like many other TFA alumni of color, I saw that the organization didn’t always act to include members of the populations it serves. In recent years, though, I have seen TFA […]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. File photo. (AP Photo/The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Hinderaker, Pool, File)

Is Carmen Farina the cowardly lioness? Why the NYC chancellor of schools needs to get tough

By David C. Bloomfield

“Carmen Fariña is the principal everybody loves to fear,” began a 1999 Times profile of the current chancellor when she ran the Upper East Side’s P.S. 6 “with a no-nonsense style and gets results through Darwinian selection.” Where is that woman with the “imposing character”? Instead, we have someone consistently describing herself as a grandmother, […]

Sydney Morris and Evan Stone

How Duncan’s teacher reprieve aids students, Common Core, tests

By Sydney Morris and Evan Stone

Test: It’s just a four-letter word for measuring skill, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitude. In public education lately, test has become another kind of four-letter word: one associated with stressed out students, angry parents and teachers fearful of losing their jobs. Testing has such a negative connotation that in New York City alone this year, […]

Kevin Kruger president of NASPA, left, and David Maxwell, president of Drake University, right.

Can higher education reinvent our ‘paralyzed and dysfunctional’ democratic process?

By David Maxwell and Kevin Kruger

Student participation in the political process is on the decline in the U.S. as skepticism for political candidates and processes rises. In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, voter turnout among 18 to 24 year-olds fell to 41 percent, a six percentage-point drop from the 2008 election, The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning […]

Jacqueline King

Higher Ed isn’t as far behind on Common Core as you think

By Jacqueline King

Most attention to the Common Core State Standards has focused understandably on the continued political backlash against the standards and the status of implementation in schools. As we look ahead to next spring when students will take assessments that indicate whether they are on track to college and career readiness, we have seen some attention […]

Click to read an Q&A with author Elizabeth Green.

Summer reading: Teachers near and far

By Aaron Pallas

It’s the dog days of summer. Read an education book! Heck, read two! Read these two together: Elizabeth Green’s Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) (Norton, 2014), and José Luis Vilson’s This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education (Haymarket, 2014). Together, […]

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