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Here are the top ten articles for the School Reform Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Education Without Humanity
If the public school system is to produce a unified, compassionate citizenry, then a different approach is needed in the earliest grades.
2. Driving Teachers Away
Statistics from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future found that “in urban districts, close to 50 percent of newcomers leave the profession during their first five years of teaching.” Teachers are leaving the profession because they are being treated with the same sort of contempt
3. Misspelling as Warning Signal
Something is not right when the same adults who are able to perform basic math functions and recall song lyrics and sports statistics are unable to spell the words they use in day-to-day writing.
4. Beware Education Fads
As long as it’s possible to obtain a doctorate in education, classroom teachers are going to be deluged with “research-based innovations” of doubtful value.
5. Enough of the College Hype Already
School reform that pretends that every child MUST go to college is abysmally unhelpful.
6. Teachers Mentors and Purblind Politicians
Vocational education deserves more respect in public education, but it should not be viewed as "more important" than the academic skills associated with what some politicians refer to as "traditional" education, as if they were opposites. In the twenty-first century, "book learning" is for everyone
7. New Florida Law Elevates Uninformed Opinion
Parents who object to current scientific and cultural views have a right to their opinions. They do not have the right to interfere in the education of children not their own.
8. Goodbye NCLB, Hello ESSA
NCLB has left a lasting pall over public education. The new ESSA revision could point the way to something better, but it could also prove to be a disaster.
9. Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination
The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.
10. Twenty Steps to Better Schools
Any meaningful reform will require overhauling the way teachers are prepared to teach and how the schools are organized.
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