What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century?

Debate about the purposes of education never seems to end.  Should young people become educated to get prepared to enter the workforce, or should the purpose of education be focused more on social, academic, cultural and intellectual development so that students can grow up to be engaged citizens? … But it doesn’t have to be either-or.  […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

In his 1992 autobiography, Sam Walton wrote, “Frankly, I’d like to see an all-out revolution in education.” Similarly, advocacy for an education revolution has been adopted by Pearson, the education publishing and assessment giant. Well, you know we all want to change the world. …. Strangely, we are now confronted with a different brand of revolutionaries, […]

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How to Reframe the Education Policy Debate

Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. To move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with […]

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Go Ahead. Ask. No, Demand

Improving education is not simple because the human beings who inhabit schools, their relationship with one another and the social system in which they live are complex and varied. While simple solutions to complex problems always fall short, the elements of effective systemic solutions in education are not so hard to imagine. In fact, they […]

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The strategic campaign needed to save public education — in nine steps

Over the last several decades, a concerted negative public relations effort has tainted the idea of government as a mechanism to serve the common good. Investment in and the credibility of the institution of democratically governed public schools have been under sustained attack, while education inequity has increased. As a result, much needed sustained systemic […]

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Next Steps for the Next Generation Science Standards

The National Research Council’s K-12 Framework for Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards are designed to drive dramatic rethinking and improvement of science education for all students in the United States. Now decisions at the district, state, and federal levels will determine whether the new standards will promote substantive improvement…..Five other state actions will enable […]

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