Education Secretary Duncan on the TIMSS Results: We’re Being Out-Educated & Out-Competed

If you go over to the U.S. Department of Education website, you will find the Secretary Arne Duncan’s statement on the release of the 2011 TIMSS and PIRLS assessment.  You can read it online here, and I’ve copied it and posted it below.  Highlighted (my own) words describe the essence of Mr. Duncan’s view of […]

Education Secretary Duncan on the TIMSS Results: We're Being Out-Educated & Out-Competed

If you go over to the U.S. Department of Education website, you will find the Secretary Arne Duncan’s statement on the release of the 2011 TIMSS and PIRLS assessment.  You can read it online here, and I’ve copied it and posted it below.  Highlighted (my own) words describe the essence of Mr. Duncan’s view of […]

Reform From Teachers’ Points of View

In today’s culture of reform, it is governors, corporate leaders, politicians, and a few organizations founded and funded by the previous mentioned groups–people who know little of teaching and learning–that are determining the direction of reform. And that reform is one of standardization, holding schools and teachers accountable by testing the “heck” out of kids […]

Reform From Teachers' Points of View

In today’s culture of reform, it is governors, corporate leaders, politicians, and a few organizations founded and funded by the previous mentioned groups–people who know little of teaching and learning–that are determining the direction of reform. And that reform is one of standardization, holding schools and teachers accountable by testing the “heck” out of kids […]

Dear Mr. President: Take the Risk, and Try and Humanize Teaching and Learning

Tomorrow, President Obama will send his education blue print to Congress, which, according to the New York Times article, “strikes a careful balance, retaining some key features of the Bush-era law, including its requirement for annual reading and math tests, while proposing far-reaching changes.” The blue print is really no different than what was put […]

Dear Mr. President: The Need for Meaningful Reform in Science Teaching

We know you have a lot on your plate—a deep recession, two wars in the Middle East, health care reform, extreme partisanship, the fast spreading swine flu. Yet the one area that that is essential to our well being as a nation–education–has yet to become center stage. I know it is a high priority of […]

Reform in Science Education?

With the inauguration of President-Elect Obama less than 30 days away, and with his selection of Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, as the Secretary of Education, there has been discussion in the press, on blogs, and in professional education societies about the future of education, and how the new administration will deal […]