Monthly Archives: July 2016

How I resolved NOT to make my high school classes a waste of students’ time

We, as educators, hold this truth to be self-evident: The subject that each of us teaches is the single most important one to the futures of our students. However, when I was a measly little kid plowing my way through K-12, it always struck me that no one ever bothered to explain why I was spending countless hours learning what… Read more →

States that stuck with shared tests are ahead of the game

Those who were quick to dismiss the Common Core assessments as fatally flawed are having to eat their words.The evidence is in, and it looks like those states that stayed the course with Smarter Balanced and PARCC are in a far more stable position than those states that bowed to political pressure and retreated. As this U.S. News and World Report commentary… Read more →

How do we stop cheating students and start fixing our public school ‘diploma mills’?

Just as any other teacher, I send my students out the door at the end of the school year with my hope that they are able to take what they have learned and make good lives for themselves—but I know I don’t succeed with every student. Students may struggle in school—and later life—for a variety of reasons that are unrelated… Read more →

A move to go metric: A journey of a thousand kilometers begins with a single step

I recently wrote an article for TheAtlantic.com on why the metric system isn’t dead in the United States and, in fact, may become more important in education. Currently, metric – officially it’s called the International Units of Systems– is the assumed measurement in science. Under Common Core State Standards, kids are supposed to be taught both metric and U.S. customary… Read more →

Gov. Christie’s real motive in proposing a radical, untenable school funding plan

In just the last week New York and New Jersey residents were confronted with some hard facts about K-12 student outcomes. StudentsFirstNY issued a report that called the de Blasio Administration’s touting of higher high school graduation rates in New York City a “facade” to cover up signs of “systemic failure” proven by “off the charts” rates of  student remediation rates in… Read more →

Let’s stop complaining about school budget bloat and start making common sense cuts

K-12 education is in the midst of a national crisis: no money.  School states across the country are struggling with the long-term viability of their public education budgets—Illinois, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alaska are among the most visible states in this long parade—due to declines in local tax revenue and state support, and many local school boards are now discovering… Read more →

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