School Reform

The three-decade-old struggle to bring greater excellence and equity to public education

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How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working. Continue reading

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Charter School Lessons from New Orleans

In New Orleans, school reform leaders have rejected the argument that charters should be permitted to set their own, narrower standards of what it means to be public schools. Continue reading

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Rethinking the Carnegie Unit

By stressing the amount of time students spend in the classroom rather than their mastery of subjects, the Carnegie Unit masks the quality of teaching and learning in the nation’s schools and colleges. But alternatives aren’t simple. Continue reading

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On Student Motivation

In an era of rising academic standards, more kids than ever will struggle. But research suggests new ways to help them thrive in the face of adversity. Continue reading

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Producing the Smartest Kids in the World

Other countries’ schools outperform ours by following a philosophy that is—or ought to be—very American: innate talent is less important than sheer drive. Continue reading

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Gates on Teacher Evaluation

The final report of the Gates Foundation’s $45-million study of teacher evaluation make the case for a comprehensive approach to gauging teacher qualilty. Continue reading

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For Many, High-Touch Trumps High-Tech

Silicon Valley’s Discovery Prep has state-of-the-art technology. It also has unusually engaged teachers and parents. Continue reading

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Character Matters

Liberals don’t want to admit it, and conservatives don’t want to pay for it, but building character—resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus—may be the best way to help poor students succeed. Continue reading

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Charter Schools and Special Education

We need to think abouat charter schools as part of a larger system of public education, not merely as competitors to traditional public schools. Continue reading

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The Shifting Rhetoric of School Reform

There’s a new rhetoric of reform from education entrepreneurs now working inside public school systems Continue reading

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