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Arming students against bad information


In the age of fake news, teachers in every subject area should redouble their efforts to help students distinguish between credible and deceptive sources of information.  By Maribeth D. Smith  All consumers of information must be able to distinguish fact from opinion and recognize any bias, including one’s own, that may influence the quality or [...]

Blending high school and college can sharpen the focus of each


  Dual enrollment and early college experiences help students make smooth and successful transitions from high school to higher education. By Joel Vargas, Sarah Hooker, and Carol Gerwin The odds were not in Oscar’s favor. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the poorest places in America, it was far more likely that [...]

Teacher can’t resolve ongoing conflict with colleague

Career, Career Confidential|

Q: I’ve been clashing with a coworker, Natalie, over the most ridiculous things. We’re both teachers, so it’s not a supervisory relationship, and I don’t know what her problem is with me. From the get-go, she’s been cold. I’ve always been friendly anyway. But then she started picking fights. She confronts me about things like [...]

3 ways Congress can support public education 

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By taking policy positions that are out of step with public opinion, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could trigger some bipartisan actions by Congress. For many of us in Washington, the Obama years already seem like the distant past, shrouded in amber with a touch of bittersweet nostalgia. Even though the Trump administration has been in [...]

When federal and state laws differ: The case of private schools and the IDEA

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  On the provision of special education services for students attending private schools, state laws may grant rights that federal regulations do not. In education, the federal government takes a back seat to the states. The U.S. Constitution does not give Congress authority over education, which means Congress cannot directly regulate education. But Congress does [...]

Learning to lead for racial equity


To help K-12 educators confront racial inequities, school and district leaders need to provide sustained, intensive, and carefully designed opportunities for professional learning. By Gislaine Ngounou and Nancy Gutierrez If education leaders aspire to confront and undo severe racial inequities in schools and school systems, they must create opportunities for teachers and staff to engage [...]

Social media is the new player in the politics of education


  Recent Twitter-based battles over the Common Core State Standards point to lasting changes in the nature of political advocacy in education.  By Jonathan Supovitz Now that conflicts over Common Core have eased up, it’s easier to take stock: While Common Core advocates badly lost the political battle on social media sites like Twitter, they [...]

Blurring the boundary between high school and college: The long view

Education, home blogs|

The dividing line between high school and college has never been entirely clear, explains a historian of American education. By Robert L. Hampel In my undergraduate class on the history of education in America, I ask my students to use the term “higher education” to describe both high schools and colleges in the 19th century. [...]

The paradox of standardized testing

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Standardized achievement tests are deeply flawed, and test-based accountability has been terribly damaging to public education. Even so, such tests have their uses. At the beginning of the school year, my kids came home with results from last spring’s state standardized tests. I was eager to see how they did, but I was also torn, [...]

Good enough for my kid?

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American values about education are never more clear than when we think about what we want for our own children. I know that I’ve evaluated every classroom I ever observed on whether I would want my own child in that classroom. If I deemed the teacher excellent, I would be happy to have one of [...]

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