Are Traditional Grades a Thing of the Past?

Are Traditional Grades a Thing of the Past?In classrooms around America, hands go up every day with the question, “Is this for a grade?” But perhaps a more pressing question would be “what is a grade for?” Today, the grades on a child’s report card reflect not only a grasp of academic subjects, but also a variety of other factors such as attendance and behavior. Do traditional grading systems tell us what we really want Read more

Gender Gap

Gender GapVideo: Richard Whitmire talks with Education Next Podcast: Audio excerpt from Richard Whitmire’s “Why Boys Fail”

Debates about gender and schooling have taken a surprising turn in the past decade. After years of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, especially in math and science, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying about whether boys Read more

Fall 2009 Book Alert

Fall 2009 Book AlertAlternative Routes to Teaching: Mapping the New Landscape of Teacher Education. Pam Grossman and Susanna Loeb, eds. (Harvard Education Press, 2008).

The very publication of this edited volume—from the Harvard Education Press, no less—confirms that alternative certification has gone mainstream. According to Grossman and Loeb, the number of teachers coming Read more

Your First Grader’s Social Life

Your First Grader's Social LifeA child's social behavior is easy to track in the classroom or on a play date. But what about those moments where children are free to interact with one another without direct adult supervision? Whether it's on the playground, in the hallway, or when adult backs are turned, a child's peer relationships can tell a lot about what is, and isn't, Read more

How Do Citizens Grade Schools?

How Do Citizens Grade Schools?For several decades pollsters have asked American citizens to grade the nation’s public schools, both nationally and within their local community. Yet we know next to nothing about how citizens go about answering.

It is often noted, for example, that Americans tend to rate their local schools more favorably than those of the nation-much as they regard their own members Read more

How to Prepare a Simple Study Plan for IELTS Exam

How to Prepare a Simple Study Plan for IELTS ExamSo, you have planned to take IELTS exam and there is only three to six months’ time left. Well, honestly, this is the perfect time to begin preparing for your exams. The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the format of the exam. This will help you understand more about the different parts of the exam and ease up your stress. Secondly, practice all the skills required in an IELTS Read more

The Best Board Games for Preschoolers

The Best Board Games for PreschoolersLooking for a boredom buster? Wait! Before you turn on the TV, think about another box… the board game!

You may not realize it, but we are knee-deep in the middle of a nationwide endeavor. From September 1st through December 31st, families from coast to coast are doing their part in the 7th annual Million Minute Family Challenge. It's a game-palooza, Read more

Education Next Forum on the Future of No Child Left Behind: Mend It? Or End It?

Education Next Forum on the Future of No Child Left Behind: Mend It? Or End It?Contact: Caleb Offley, Hoover Institution/Education Next, (585) 319-4541

STANFORD – The question about what to do with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, an issue likely to be taken up by Congress this year as it is brought forward for reauthorization, took center stage again as the Obama administration sent signals this month that it is planning to strengthen the law, a clear Read more

Mona McNee explains the Reading Wars

(My own phonics program can be found here: www. phonics4free. org. I should mention that in the UK, the public thinks that phonics has been embraced and that the Reading Wars are therefore over. In reality, phonics has been tossed into the mix with everything else. Instruction is very confused, and results are still unacceptable. I believe this approach Read more

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