Late Start

For a few years now – ever since the release of the 2009 PISA scores – Finland has been heralded as the new model for Western education, except for the fact that our modeling has been more after South Korea (intense pressure on students) than Finland. What has come out of Finland recently is that…

Problems in Education Run Deep

Maybe there’s something wrong with how we see the world, and ourselves. In a recent Huffington Post article by Karin Chenoweth, three examples are paraded that illustrate the differences between the current US educational environment, and those of Finland, Poland and South Korea, as seen through the eyes of foreign exchange students from the US.…

What’s Best for Your Child?

The vast majority of parents want to do right by their children. One Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) educator I once met put it this way, “In the literally thousands of parents I’ve come to know in my career, I only know of one who truly did not care about her child.” Seeing that…

Parenting: The Grand Experiment

Last night, for the first time…maybe ever (and I’m not proud of that)…I shed my arrogant façade and was open to hearing what someone else had to say about a topic I feel like I know something about: parenting. The occasion was a parenting workshop entitled “Goldilocks Parenting.” Of course I was intrigued by the…

Who has a voice?

Everyone has a voice in the education reform debate. Some voices are louder than others. Some voices are more ubiquitous than others. Some voices make a lot of sense to me. Others, not so much. While many will disagree with each other, we have to all agree that everyone has well-meaning intentions: to make education…

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 Puzzle

Is it possible that everyone is right and no one is right? I’ve been asking myself this question quite often lately. When you really stop to listen and read and learn about all of the separate issues that are grabbing headlines in the education reform movement, you can always find people – real human beings – involved…