Rhode Island is officially getting a new Commissioner of Education and while the process took place far from the public eye, Angelica Infante-Green is a superb pick at a time that Rhode Island really needs one. Yes, it is a tad insulting that Governor Raimondo and her team will be introducing us to Infante-Green at… Continue reading RI Makes a Superb Pick for Education Commissioner (Though the Process Leaves Something to Be Desired)
It is a stop-you-in-your-tracks statistic: More than half of aspiring elementary school teachers fail their licensure exam. In fact, they fail at much higher rates than attorneys, doctors, and nuclear engineers on their respective licensure exams. And at a time when there is pressure to drastically increase the racial diversity of teachers, we can’t ignore… Continue reading An Unfair Chance: Aspiring Elementary Teachers are Being Set Up to Fail Their Licensure Exams
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced yesterday that, in light of a 2017 Supreme Court decision, she will put the brakes on enforcing the provision in federal law that bars religious organizations from providing federally funded educational services to private schools. In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia Inc. v. Comer, the Supreme Court found that Missouri… Continue reading Andy Smarick Provides A Helpful Explainer—on Twitter—About Why DeVos’ Move to Ease Church-State Rules Could Be Hugely Consequential
By Virginia Walden Ford When I saw my son failing and getting into trouble in the school where he was districted, it scared me. I knew I needed to do something to make sure he didn’t go down the same road I saw too many young people go in D.C., one that led to despair.… Continue reading Virginia Walden Ford: 5 Obstacles Parents Face in Working for Opportunity in Education
By Blake Harvard Note: This piece was first published here on the Effortful Educator blog. I tried flexible seating. For those of you who read my blog, this is probably a big shock. I would definitely be considered a more traditional teacher who has his students seated at tables (I would prefer desks, but that’s… Continue reading Guest Post: He Tried Flexible Seating in his Classroom and He is Not a Fan
There is always much to talk about on the education front and I invariably enjoy the opportunity to sit down with Dan Yorke to talk about it. This time we covered Universal Pre-K proposals, broad-brushing students based on immutable characteristics, and the importance of having parents at the table in a meaningful way. We laughed… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio!
I can remember like it was yesterday. A mom friend and I were chatting by the concession stand at an evening baseball game and she began to describe to me how common it had become for girls her daughter’s age—9th grade— to send sexually suggestive and even nude pictures to boys via text, Instagram, and… Continue reading British Police Officer Shares a Story and Calls on Parents to Help Buck the Dangerous—and Often Illegal—Trend of Kids Sharing Nude Photos
A teacher in Minnesota recently wrote a blog post publicly shaming his white male students and sadly, many people have applauded it. Even though he claims to be working to end the practice of treating groups differently based on their race, it is clear that he has made one exception to the rule: White boys.… Continue reading This Teacher Has a Problem with Those God Awful White Boys
Social media has changed human behavior in countless ways. For many, what used to be reserved for venting to family and friends—and maybe even strangers on those really bad days—has morphed into fodder for public shaming. We see mommy bloggers writing about the most private struggles of their children. We see parents posting videos of… Continue reading When Teachers Publicly Put Parents And Students on Blast
Accountability is a word that means different things to different people in the education space and it is often the reason for disagreement and even fractures among people who often see themselves on the same side of the debate. For some supporters of parent choice—well, charters at least—accountability is about math and reading scores, plain… Continue reading An Important Conversation About Choice and Accountability—on Twitter!