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What the Future of Science Education Should Look Like

 While we remain the world’s leading generator of science and engineering innovation, far too many Americans lack sufficient understanding of the foundational principles of the scientific investigations and engineering designs that have improved our lives…We are not now on a pathway to success, but we could be. Published in the Washington Post, April 20, 2015. […]

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Escape From Poverty for a Few More Students Is Not a Worthy National Goal

The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision provided a catalyst to advance but not fully achieve racial and economic justice. Sixty years later, Republicans and Democrats alike continue to talk about race, poverty and education. However, there is a chasm in current education policies between proclamations of intent and real effects. The […]

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What If We Approached Testing This Way?

Frequent high-stakes testing and its misuse for teacher evaluation are poisoning the assessment waters. Assessment should not be the goal of learning. The word “assessment” should not make students, teachers, administrators and parents cringe. It does not have to be this way. For students and their teachers the most effective use of assessment is to guide […]

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The Standard Debate: The Past Gets in Our Eyes

The Common Core State Standards for Reading and Mathematics appear to be simultaneously unstoppable trains and under siege, making strange bedfellows of both supporters and opponents.  Two issues cloud the debate about their validity, value and efficacy: (1) The idea of standards has been conflated with standardization; (2) Standards have become inextricably linked to high-stakes […]

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Two Roads Diverge for American Education

Two Roads Diverge for American Education Published  in Kappan Magazine, February 1, 2011 The full article is available as pdf here:  http://cl9wc6lx6z.scholar.serialssolutions.com/?sid=google&auinit=AH&aulast=Camins&atitle=Two+roads+diverge+for+American+education&title=Phi+Delta+Kappan&volume=92&issue=5&date=2011&spage=44&issn=0031-7217 We are at a fork in the road in American education. At this moment, we have to choose which road to travel — and that choice will make all the difference….. The rush […]

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