Education Reform for Business or Learning?

In a recent Diane Ravitch blog post she casts a doubtful eye upon the newly ubiquitous national education standards known as Common Core Standards. While the article is a very interesting critique on how the Standards came to being, and what the process of their creation means to the course of education reform, what is,…

Yes, We ARE Guinea Pigs

“We are a nation of guinea pigs, almost all trying an unknown new program at the same time.” This is a quote from a recent article by Diane Ravitch on her blog, dianeravitch.net. I – and many others – have considered Diane a guru of education reform. The rest of her article is classic Ravitch,…

The silver bullet for education reform

There’s a reason there’s no front runner in the education reform debate. Look at some of initiatives that have existed: Teach for America. KIPP. Kahn Academy. STEM-focused schools. Every initiative has their champions and detractors. Each has elements that can be shown to be extremely effective for at least one group of students. No system…

What defines success in education?

Education reform is doing better than people think, but, conversely, will never ultimately be successful as long as we continue following the current reform paths. No one will argue that whatever path you are on in the quest for effective education reform that it is complicated. And the person who claims education reform is simple,…

The right fit

We had a recent struggle with our youngest not doing so well on a spelling test. Came to pass that he’s finally bumped up against something in school in which he’s going to have to finally exert some effort. We knew this day would come, and hoped it would happen sooner, as it had with…