Opting out hurts the poor most

Should educators use their positions as trusted informants to suggest that parents opt their children out of annual testing? This guest post republished from Raymond Ankrum points out how the opt-out movement, driven mostly by affluent families, hurts kids in poverty most. Currently Mr. Antkum is the Executive Director/Principal of a K-8 Charter school in Suffolk …

Teacher of the Year: “I quit”

Even the best teachers get tired of teaching.  The job is taxing enough of its own, but add systemic instability, top-down meddling, and less than stellar administration and you have the grease that speeds teachers toward the exit. In this post republished from Tom Rademacher, an English teacher in Minneapolis, MN., he shares what has pushed …

Equity and teaching matters most for student learning

Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education from Stanford University, has broad expertise and vast insights into public education, but her message is essentially this: systemic equity and great teaching matter most. Sadly, American education is getting it wrong on both accounts. Why should we care about her analysis? Simple, after many years of starting and supporting public, …