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A post from guest blogger and Fordham board member Diane Ravitch . When No Child Left Behind was first passed, I supported it. It seemed to me a good idea to test kids in reading and math from grades 3 through 8; after all, if you don't have basic skills, you are severely limited in your ability to...
Jeff Kuhner
Apparently, it's the teacher's fault when students assault them in the classroom--that's how it is, at least, at Reginald F. Lewis High School in Baltimore. Last week, The Baltimore Sun reported that Jolita Berry, after asking a girl in her art class to sit down, was confronted by the student, who...
Fordham has argued that principals need to function more like CEOs, handling not just a school's academic mission but also the many complexities of running a small organization. Yet when we asked principals how they view themselves and their responsibilities, we concluded that "they see their role...
In Sunday's New York Times , Matthew Forney, a former Beijing bureau chief for Time , seeks to correct what he thinks may be a popularly-held hunch that China's growing class of educated urbanites will soon pressure the Chinese government to reform. On the contrary, says Forney, "Educated young...
Over the weekend, the Washington Post Magazine ran a provocative piece by Jay Mathews about an excellent elementary school in Northern Virginia that has failed to make "adequate yearly progress" under No Child Left Behind for going on three years. What made the article interesting is that it didn't...
Liam Julian
Schools are turning to unhealthier cafeteria-food options because of rising food prices, reports the Washington Post . Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee seems to have the right idea: allow private contractors to supply lunches. One assumes that, for what schools currently spend,...
Just last week, Liam expressed skepticism about a scrupulous research study that found that serving kids healthier food and drink led to fewer of them getting fat: Isn't it odd that a school embraces healthy food alternatives only after a two-year research study? It reminds one of the humorous dig...
Liam Julian
Mike wants me to eat humble pie. I'd like??to, but his arguments haven't convinced me. He writes : In a field where few research studies ever make any conclusions with real-world value, this particular study deserves praise, not pique. He is, of course, conflating two fields: the education field,...
Liam Julian
I thought this stuff only happened in American Pie movies.
Liam Julian
I had??never heard of it .??But I predict a pandemic as soon as it makes the New York Times style section. But what if the second version of the problem makes about as much sense as the first? If the mere sight of it causes a fluttering heart and sweaty palms? What if there is confusion between the...

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