2018年4月24日 星期二

RealClearEd Today: 04/24/2018 

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Turning Schools Into Centers for Civic Engagement

Reuben Jacobson, RealClearEd

Americans are feeling disconnected and confused. We look around and have trouble recognizing our country, our neighbors, and sometimes even our own friends and family. Many of us feel we are treated as others by the dominant culture. For many, the 2016 election and the roller coaster we've been on for the past year have raised complicated questions about ourselves, about the way we've been treating others, and about the future of our country. We are looking for answers. We are looking for help. We are looking for each other.Authors E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann recently...

What's Behind the Teacher Strikes?

Frederick M. Hess & Amy Cummings, RCPolicy

This spring, in an unexpected turn, teacher strikes have dominated the education landscape. In March, West Virginia teachers seeking a pay increase walked out for nine days, and came away with a 5-percent raise. Additional walkouts rapidly followed.In Oklahoma, teachers garnered a $6,100 (or 16-percent) pay raise and additional school funding even before the strike began; they walked out in hopes of pushing the figure to $10,000. In Kentucky, teachers were protesting a swiftly passed pension-reform bill that includes 401(k)-style elements in the plans for new teachers. Now, Arizona teachers...

What's at Stake in the Teachers' Strikes?

Pedro Noguera, The Nation

Unlike the economy, health care, or military aggression, education is rarely an issue that commands urgent attention. However, every once in a while, education creeps to the top of headlines when you least expect it.Most recently, the school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, forced the issue of gun control to the fore for policy-makers who managed to dodge it even after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The fact that young people followed up with the March for Our Lives, and demonstrations were held around the country, followed by lobbying efforts to change...

The Adulthood Track

Ray Domanico, City Journal

The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), released this week, offer little to celebrate. Political leaders and education advocates are struggling to find evidence that their preferred policywhatever it might beis having much impact on student performance. Progress has stalled in recent years, and results at the state and national level are far below where most education policymakers thought they would be by now. Despite the efforts of George W. Bush, many children are still being left behind; despite the efforts of Barack Obama, the race to the top didn't...

Is There Progress on Achievement Gaps?

Hansen, Levesque, Quintero, Valant, BCC

Last week, the National Assessment Governing Board and National Center for Education Statistics released results from the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Often referred to as the Nation's Report Card, these results provide a bi-annual barometer on how states and the country as a whole are performing in the classroom. This year's results are particularly noteworthy because they are from the final NAEP administered before implementation of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In this sense, these results reflect a...

Make Education a Lifelong Endeavor

The Editors, Bloomberg View

The world's rich countries face a looming challenge in education: Too many of their citizens lack the skills and credentials needed for the jobs of the future. To keep people productively engaged in work in the coming decades, and to ensure that economies maintain robust growth, governments, educators and employers will need to make lasting investments in a new class of students: adults.The trouble for now is largely demographic. Although a growing share of people between the ages of 18 and 24 is going to college, the total population of young adults is shrinking in the U.S. and Europe. So...

The Koch Network & Higher Education

Valerie Strauss, Matthew J. Garcia, WaPo

The infusion of partisan projects and the polarization of once noble institutions is underway, influenced by billionaire investors and conservative state legislators. In Arizona, Republican elected officials leveraged an initial investment by the Charles Koch Foundation to advance an agenda that undermines faculty governance and the integrity of the humanities and social sciences in public universities.Arizona State University's president, Michael Crow, recently was quoted in a New York Times story about using public money to support a pet project of Arizona conservatives: The School...

CUNY Law Students Protest Free Speech Talk

Ilya Shapiro, The Federalist

The latest non-platforming of a speaker at a purported academic institution happened to my good friend and sometime co-author Josh Blackman at City University of New York Law School two weeks ago, when he attempted to give a lecture on the importance of free speech on campus. As he wrote on his blog in an epic post accompanied by copious pictures and video, once publicity for the event began after spring break, enraged students began planning a protest.When Josh asked his host, the president of CUNY's Federalist Society chapter, why his classmates were up in arms, he got the explanation...

Why Is DeVos Blaming Local Leaders for Following Rules?

Anne Hyslop, The 74

Before she took on Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes, and hostile members of Congress at an appropriations hearing, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was confronting state education leaders.In early March, DeVos used her invitation to address the Council of Chief State School Officers to sharply criticize states' plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act for the first time. Her message was just the latest in a yearlong, (mostly) inside-the-Beltway debate about ESSA plans.Democratic lawmakers publicly accuse DeVos of ignoring the law, while Republican leaders quietly put pressure on her...

To Raise College Graduation Rates, Fix the High Schools

Patricia McGuire, Chronicle

When Antwan Wilson, who resigned as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools in February, skirted the local school-lottery system in an ill-fated effort to get his daughter into a top D.C. high school instead of a "low performing" neighborhood school, he exposed a painful truth: Too many public high schools are failing, especially those serving low-income students of color. The chancellor lost his job, but the students in such schools are losing much more. These are the very students who, if they enroll in college, are most likely to drop out before completing degrees.If we really...

The Post-Parkland Unity Is Officially Over

Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic

At 10 o'clock on Friday morning, thousands of students across the country commemorated a moment that not one of them was alive to experience: the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado that killed 13 people 19 years ago today. Kids walked out of their classrooms on Friday to remember and to protest in the latest iteration of the student-led movement against gun violence that burgeoned after February's Parkland, Florida, school shooting.It's fitting that the student who organized Friday's walkoutsthe first protest of its kind pegged to the massacre that happened nearly two decades...

Tough Love Falls Out of Fashion In America's Schools

The Economist

When the gunshots sounded outside Houston Elementary School, Rembert Seaward and Darryl Webster, the principal and the school social worker, scrambled to the ground and ducked for cover. But one young pupil remained standing and then started to laughIt's nothing but some gunshots, they recall him saying. He told them that he would regularly play with his father's TEC-9, a brand of semi-automatic pistol. You think they're just six, what life experiences could they have? says Mr Webster. You'd be surprised. There's no normalcy. Nearly every pupil attending Houston...
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