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The Day Education Failed

The Day Education Failed

By David Casalaspi   For decades now, public discussion about education has been erroneously fixated on economics. Schools, the argument goes, are critical for the development of human capital. Their most important function is to create a highly skilled workforce which can in turn produce economic growth, international competitiveness, and individual prosperity.  This is the… Read More »

War on the Common Core Continues

War on the Common Core Continues

By Jason Burns If a group of Michigan legislators have their way, Michigan’s adoption of common standards will end. Senate Bill 826, which was referred to the Michigan Senate by the Senate Education Committee on April 26, and House Bill 5444 would both repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as all Common… Read More »

Remembering Last Summer’s AP U.S. History Curriculum Controversy

Remembering Last Summer’s AP U.S. History Curriculum Controversy

By David Casalaspi   This Friday, over 400,000 high school students will take the College Board’s AP U.S. History exam. What many of these students may not know, however, is that the curriculum they are about to be tested on was embroiled in fierce controversy not too long ago. The conflict began back in summer… Read More »

Study: Teachers Have Lower Expectations For Black Students

Study: Teachers Have Lower Expectations For Black Students

By Jason Burns It is well understood that students with higher expectations experience more positive outcomes and in recognition of this, scholars have sought to understand how students form expectations for themselves. One of the most important sources of information for students in forming expectations is their teachers, as research has linked teachers’ expectations to… Read More »

Technology to Improve Social and Emotional Learning

Technology to Improve Social and Emotional Learning

By Jason Burns Education reformers have long seen the potential of technology to transform education by making teachers’ work more efficient, giving students access to more information faster, and by creating opportunities for new instructional techniques. Recently, the World Economic Forum-a group of political, business, and media elites who gather annually in Davos, Switzerland to… Read More »

This Year’s Most Important Education Election

This Year’s Most Important Education Election

By Jason Burns As election season moves into full swing, education is attracting more attention (see here, here, and here). Topics include the fate of the Common Core State Standards, student testing, and what role the federal government should play in education policy generally (see here). Though education has become a more popular topic in… Read More »

Policy Falls Behind in Protecting Students’ Privacy

Policy Falls Behind in Protecting Students’ Privacy

By Jason Burns The privacy of students is an important right – one that has been protected by federal laws since the 1970s. However, technological change is currently outpacing the ability of government regulations to protect student privacy. As such, policymakers need to find ways to ensure that students’ personal information is protected. FERPA The… Read More »

Should Struggling Readers Be Retained In 3rd Grade?

Should Struggling Readers Be Retained In 3rd Grade?

By Jason Burns Last October, the Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 4822, a bill that if also passed by the Senate would require schools to hold back 3rd grade students who read below grade level. The intent of the bill is to make sure that students are academically prepared before entering later grades, but… Read More »