If there is not a clear idea of what we want students to learn, and the character formation necessary to learn it, education will be powerless to do anything to improve society.
Several indications showing that public schools were not always as secular in nature as we might think.
This week, an impressive list of scholars across the nation published a letter opposing the new framework for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. History. You can read the full letter here.
Increased fudging may be the true reason graduation rates are on the rise.
At the end of another school year, questions predictably arise about the continued value of a long summer break.
Ah… summertime. School is out and your kids are hanging around, complaining of boredom or playing on your iPhone. How do you ensure that your children won’t fritter away their summer in useless activities that fail to stretch their mind?
I am not qualified to teach in Minnesota public schools. Here are my non-qualifications:
The current model began with the industrial “labor and management are adversaries” model.
Technology—whether in education or other areas of human life—is a tool, not a cure-all. And in schools, in cannot substitute for good teacher.
There's nothing like a good editorial cartoon to make you think...
There's nothing like a good editorial cartoon to make you think.
Anything resembling real health insurance is illegal. And if you tried to offer it, they might throw you in jail.
As a society, we can keep trying to fix the symptoms or we can address the root causes.
Films of children’s fantasy stories, while very entertaining, may be counterproductive. If they stifle the imagination, then in the long run we will have a population that continues to have a great appetite for entertainment, but little agility of imagination.
Those who would choose a charter, private, or home school largely expressed a desire for better education or an enhanced instruction setting. Yet better education was not the prominent selection feature for those who would choose public school.
The idea of “privilege” has been a growing fad on college campuses over the past decade. While discussions of “white privilege,” “male privilege,” “heterosexual privilege,” and “able-bodied privilege” were once relegated to a few liberal arts classrooms, these discussions have seeped into the mainstream of campus life.
If only 90% of the $13,000 the Eagan district spends per child were placed in the hands of parents (as is often the case with an Educational Savings Account), parents would have more than enough money to send their child to a school like Trinity, which currently charges a tuition of $11,475.
Our schools may have failed the millennial generation by not giving them the skills they need to succeed, but past failure doesn’t mean we have to continue on the same path with future generations.
Perhaps it’s time to give more parents the chance to choose a high-quality, rather than simply a high-spending, education for their children.
The public school system is organized on the assumption of homogeneity, a central plan imposed from the top down. It didn’t happen all at once. It came about slowly over the course of 100-plus years, from the universalization of compulsory schooling, to the prohibition of youth work, to the gradual nationalization of curricula.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, made an announcement in January that he was launching a book club. He is calling 2015 “A Year of Books,” and he has invited Facebook users to join him in discussions and participate in author Q&As online.
Countries that we often ignore are outperforming us, as well.
The times, they are a-changin’! If students, parents, businesses, and even political leaders want to keep up with - and maybe even get ahead of – the times, it seems it would be wise to pursue the creation of more apprenticeship programs and opportunities.