Category Archives: education policy

from soft skills to agency

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32I’m very pleased to see a blog post by Andy Calkins, Deputy Director of the Next Generation Learning Challenge, entitled “It’s Time to Trash the Terms ‘Non-Cogs’ and ‘Soft Skills.’” Partly in response to the hegemony of standardized testing, … Continue reading

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why we miseducate children to think of values as opinions

Facebook25 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 25In “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts,” Justin P. McBrayer observes that his second-grade son has been taught to distinguish between facts (which can be “tested or proven”) and opinions (which are just what … Continue reading

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civic education and deeper learning

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17Today, Jobs for the Future (JFF) a national nonprofit that advocates for all youth to gain the skills they need to succeed in the economy, releases a paper entitled “Civic Education and Deeper Learning” by me and … Continue reading

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the monumental task that confronts a high-stakes testing state

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Let’s say you don’t especially trust teachers to assess their own students, because their ratings can be inconsistent and biased. So you want to use validated and standardized assessments to evaluate students, schools, and teachers. Let’s say, … Continue reading

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from the achievement gap to empowerment

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23Harry Boyte argues that the “achievement gap” is the wrong framework for thinking about education. It “assumes the point is upward mobility — how to give poor people, especially racial minorities, resources and remediation so that they … Continue reading

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intelligence is more like confidence than height

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) According to experimental studies collected by Gregory M. Walton*: You can explain to seventh-graders that people build their intelligence by working and learning, and their grades on math will be better for the whole school … Continue reading

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where is the public on Common Core?

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6(Durham, NC) The Common Core standards are the most significant policy change in US education today, and they are increasingly controversial. Strong critics can be found on both the right and left. Meanwhile, the most influential proponents … Continue reading

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discrimination and educational ambition

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6I thought this was a crucial moment in the recent debate between Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehesi Coats: Chait: The argument is that structural conditions shape culture, and culture, in turn, can take on a life of its … Continue reading

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civics projects are good for AP scores (and what that means more generally)

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22University of Washington Professor Walter Parker and colleagues are running experiments in which some classes take AP US Government as it’s typically taught (textbooks, lectures, and some discussion), and others experience a curriculum based on mock trials … Continue reading

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the president and the humanities

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15At a General Electric plant in Milwaukee last month, President Obama seemed to disparage one of the disciplines of the humanities: “I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades … Continue reading

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