Collaborative Education

Sarah Grossman: At a time when many U.S. schools are failing students of color, one school stands out as an unusual success. St. Benedict’s Prep, an all-boys preparatory school in Newark, has a graduation rate of 98 percent, compared to a national rate of 82 percent. But when you realize that the majority of St. Benedict’s [Read More…]

What’s Missing from Bernie’s Free Tuition Plan?

Robert Gebelhoff, at WaPo: It’s a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Wisconsin Democratic primary, but Sanders has managed to gain a slight edge due to his support among young people — with more than 83 percent of college-age voters planning to vote for him. His lead among young people has [Read More…]

Academic Freedom in the Halls of Power

By Roger Scruton at Modern Times: Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, by Joanna Williams, is very well done. She shows how important historically academic freedom has been to the pursuit of knowledge, and examines the baleful consequences of the contemporary assault on truth and objectivity. I sympathise with [Read More…]

Immigrant Children are Educated Free in the USA

Emma Brown: As U.S. presidential candidates fight over the best way to address the influx of Central Americans across the Southwest border — with debate about building walls and deporting immigrants — the nation’s public schools have opened their doors, taking responsibility for helping tens of thousands of children find their footing here. It’s not [Read More…]

Jeff Bryant is Right about Education Reforms

Jeff Bryant, from Salon: I call these folks the edu-crats. Education is not a top-down endeavor but a grass-roots relational matter. Leave the teachers alone. (Within reason, as it has traditionally been.) What Reform Fans Don’t Get Indeed, resistance to the education reform agenda is not as much a rejection of its various policy features [Read More…]

Learning Styles, a Neuromyth

Source Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as New [Read More…]

No Child Left Behind — What Worked?

Ben Casselman: Nearly a decade and a half later, No Child Left Behind is often described as a failure, and there is no question that the law fell short of many of its most ambitious goals. Most schools didn’t come close to achieving the 100-percent-proficiency mandate, which experts never considered a realistic target. Subsequent research found that the law’s penalties [Read More…]

Self-Directed Study

Will this work? Erin Siegal McIntyre: Nothing in particular stands out about the two adjoining rooms at South Burlington High School, one littered with desks, the other lined with simple grey cubicles. Yet the 30 students working inside are taking part in a uniquely personalized curriculum unlike anything their peers—or most U.S. high-school students—ever get [Read More…]

Hillary Clinton and Educational Outcomes

Source: According to the transcript, Clinton responded, “I believe in diagnostic testing that teachers can use to try to figure out how to help individuals and classes deal with their learning challenges. I do believe that there can be and should be a set of tests that everybody agrees on.” “And I have for a [Read More…]

Heaven Promise Livestream Event

  Missed Scot’s LIVE Q&A on The Heaven Promise? Not to worry…you can watch it on demand right here! Who goes to heaven? What to make of all those “heaven and back” books? What about rewards in heaven? Watch the on demand version of Scot’s Livestream from October 14th, 2015 right here. And use the [Read More…]