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Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System

By MICHAEL D. SHEARMAY 25, 2014 NYTimes WASHINGTON — The college presidents were appalled. Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen appliance. “It’s like rating a blender,” Jamienne […]

Ed Tech Is Poised to Go Mainstream

By Sari Factor Forbes 2/28/2014 @ 4:21PM Six hours a day. That’s how much time the average teenager spends online, according to a June 2013 study by McAfee. These are “digital natives,” a generation that has grown up online and connected. Just think about it: students born in 2007, the year the iPhone was launched, […]

The Latest in Online Learning

by BIG THINK EDITORS MARCH 28, 2014, 12:00 AM Anant Agrawal is the president of edX, an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. As Bill Clinton said at the Global Education & Skills Forum, it’s important to never stop learning. That’s why online education is such an exciting new frontier–helping people challenge themselves, […]

Rick Holmes: A primer on education reform

By Rick Holmes Posted Mar. 17, 2014 @ 1:35 pm Herald News We’re into a new round of debates over education reform, and the flashpoints illustrate how these basic values clash. The issues are further complicated by politics, money and stubborn tradition. Education should be simple. Just start with the things about child-raising nearly every […]

Education reform opposition involves strange bedfellows

March 09, 2014 1:00 am • By LLOYD OMDAHL Bismark Tribune The Russians invaded the Ukraine and the New York Stock Market dropped 200 points. The situation stabilized and the Stock Market recovered. That underscores the fact that we are in a world economy and occurrences on the other side of the globe have a […]

Editorial: Think about real education reform

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Published: March 11, 2014 Updated: 7:36 p.m. You don’t have to have children to have a good sense of today’s nationwide debate over education reform. The controversy pits public school unions and their defenders against supporters of private school, home-schooling deunionization – and, making recent headlines – charter schools. For example, New […]

A school’s experiment: Cutting out the classroom

By Dana Sand, Special to CNN updated 10:30 AM EST, Mon March 3, 2014 CNN) — It was just after lunchtime, and 17 kindergartners huddled around a table marked with paint. Teacher Lindy Shoemaker held a vase covered in small objects: an “I <3 Tennis” keychain, a LEGO flag and other goodies the students brought […]

Editorial: Education reform big, bold, together

Published: 27 February 2014 08:56 PM Dallas Morning News Free community college. That was a big idea laid down by the governor of Tennessee recently, and for the right reasons. Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, leads a state with a mediocre college-going rate. Improving those numbers would upgrade that state’s workforce and, therefore, its economy. […]

Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left

By AL BAKERFEB. 16, 2014 NYTimes The Common Core has been applauded by education leaders and promoted by the Obama administration as a way to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of rigorous learning goals. Though 45 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to them since 2010, resistance came […]

Magnet Schools Find a Renewed Embrace in Cities

By MOTOKO RICHFEB. 16, 2014 NYTimes MIAMI — Nearly five decades ago, as racial tension raged in cities, magnet schools were introduced here and elsewhere as an alternative to court-ordered busing in the hope that specialized theme schools would slow white flight and offer options to racial minorities zoned for low-performing schools. Magnet schools never […]