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US Ed. Policy & Leadership


US Ed. Policy & Leadership

For people interested in discussing ed policy that pops (or does not pop).

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Interesting blog on education (with an emphasis on technology and teacher training) from the University of Michigan's MAC Program -

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TED VIDEO: Moving Beyond Conflict Resolution

Great TED talk from one of my former professors @ Teachers College Columbia U. Elegant ideas for solving intractable problems ... I'm humbled by the amazing response to my…Continue

Started by Ryan Goble Aug 9, 2019.

FEATURE: Testing Accommodations Anyone?

Need extra time on a college entrance exam? It helps to have cash. Students in rich areas are more likely to get disability designations for tests.…Continue

Started by Ryan Goble Aug 4, 2019.

RESEARCH / OP-EDs: The Value of Great Teachers?

A good teacher can increase the lifetime earnings of a class of 20 by $400,000, according to one estimate. What's the best way to get more good teachers?…Continue

Started by Ryan Goble Jun 17, 2019.

RESEARCH: Most Americans don't realize state govt funding for higher ed fell by billions

Most Americans don't realize state govt funding for higher ed fell by billions of $$$ over past decade How could we be so wrong?PBS…Continue

Started by Ryan Goble Mar 31, 2019.

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Comment by Alan on December 28, 2010 at 3:05pm

Here is an article I wrote for parents regarding the Common Core State Standards:


Comment by Ryan Goble on May 21, 2010 at 8:45pm
Hey Sarah, if you copy and paste it above in the discussion forum I can broadcast your question and other folks can respond on crowdsource Tuesday:

In the meantime, you might read about:

and search for "core standards" at edweek (as Patrina wisely suggested).

Comment by Sarah Lavery on May 21, 2010 at 12:32pm
thanks for the advice, patrina. writing it down!
Comment by Patrina on May 21, 2010 at 11:35am
Hi Sarah,


Comment by Sarah Lavery on May 21, 2010 at 10:27am
Does any one have any good sources on standardized education? I'm looking for something on the difference between the rational and institutional approach to why districts like 129 have changed their curriculum recently. I have searched JSTOR and found 1 study by Ogawa et al but am needing more sources. If anyone could help... that'd be amazing. Thank you.
Comment by Ryan Goble on April 14, 2010 at 9:25pm
Fred thanks for sharing that - I'll let the math folks know....
Comment by Fred Mindlin on April 14, 2010 at 5:32pm
an argument why the National Common Core Standards are not good for California, especially in math
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 15, 2010 at 5:17am
A reminder how muddled textbooks can get around politics - Texas Education Board Approves Conservative Curriculum Changes By F...
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 14, 2010 at 11:52am
Michele - this post might be an interesting place to share some of your thoughts - FILM/ARTICLE/STUDY GUIDE: Howard Zinn's 'The People Speak'

Comment by Michele Vogt-Schuller on March 14, 2010 at 11:06am
I read this yesterday!!!! It's just another reason to stop using textbooks. I should bring my son's 7th grade American History textbook to class for show and tell. The format (as well as the content) is horrible - all sorts of boxes and standards posted (although not really addressing assessment of standards - you know, how one can tell a student has learned). Visually, textbooks tend to be poorly written and cluttered. Interesting - when doing an analysis of textbook content, most of them only address less than 50% of standards (I was trained in alignment last summer - an arduous and painful process).
Also - how is this going to affect what seems to be the push for national standards? I guess they will be loose enough to sneak this kind of thing in.....
Oh - in Time this week there's an article (the cover story) about 10 ideas for the next 10 years. Number 4 is "The Dropout Economy," and although it has a kinda scary libertarian bent, I've heard this idea bandied around a lot even in my incredibly progressive, liberal town of Oak Park (where we are being taxed to death - really). Noted in this article is one idea on education: "Rather than warehouse their children in factory schools invented to instill obedience in the future mill workers of America, bourgeois rebels will educate their kids in virtual schools tailored to different learning styles."

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