How to teach in a political firestorm

The teaching profession is under assault, plain and simple. Culture warriors are trying to restrict what educators can say and do in the classroom about vital subjects such as racism and gender, pay remains low in too many places, teachers are retiring in some places in big numbers, school districts are having a hard time filling positions, and More...

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By admin On Thursday, October 13th, 2022
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Challenges young immigrants face with U.S. public schools

The recent move by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to use state funds to pick up migrant Venezuelans in Texas and fly them to the politically liberal island of Martha’s Vineyard got enormous media attention More...

By admin On Friday, October 7th, 2022
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Learning to see through conspiracy theories

Here’s the latest installment of a regular feature I’ve been running for several years: lessons from the nonprofit News Literacy Project (NLP), which aims to teach students and the public how to sort fact More...

By admin On Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
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Audit of charter school program finds big problems

The U.S. Education Department’s Office of Inspector General has released a new audit of the federal Charter School Programs that found some alarming results about how charter school networks have used millions More...

By admin On Monday, September 26th, 2022
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Detecting imposter content on social media

Here’s the first fall 2022 installment of a weekly feature I’ve been running for several years: lessons from the nonprofit News Literacy Project (NLP), which aims to teach students and the public how to More...

By admin On Sunday, September 25th, 2022
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HBCUs, college rankings and exclusion

In recent weeks, I have published two guest pieces about college rankings — one titled “Harvard flunks in this college ranking system” and the second titled “Why U.S. News may have to rethink how it More...

By admin On Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
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Why U.S. News may have to rethink college rankings

U.S. News & World Report released its 2023 college rankings on Monday, and the results were not especially surprising. Princeton University was No. 1, again; MIT was No. 2, as opposed to tying for No. More...

By admin On Friday, September 9th, 2022
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Why one-size-fits-all metrics for evaluating schools must go

For several decades now, education policymakers have been obsessed with data-driven accountability — usually with standardized test scores as the key metric. The approach has failed to achieve any of the More...

By admin On Thursday, September 8th, 2022
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Virtual charter schools see enrollments rise

Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are operated outside publicly overseen school districts, sometimes by for-profit companies. Charter advocates say these schools offer choices to families that More...

By admin On Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022
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Teacher ‘pay penalty’ hits new high

Comment on this story Comment Amid what is being called crisis-level teacher shortages in public school districts across the country, a new report offers a partial explanation: Average weekly wages of More...

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