Hechinger Report: Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S. compared to other countries

The Hechinger Report out of Teachers College at Columbia University writes that a new report shows many teacher preparation programs in the U.S. have poor quality. Lead researcher for the new study on math teacher preparation is William Schmidt, co-director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University. He says: “Our very worst programs…

Taylor County Schools in the news again for keeping kids in school

We’ve talked before here and here about the remarkable programs in the Taylor County public schools that meet all their students’ needs, along the way producing perfect high school graduation rates. Just like charter schools, Taylor County provides students with options to meet different needs and ambitions. In fact, Taylor County’s superintendent, Roger Cook, proudly…

Nice to know that we are doing better than Armenia, Ghana and Syria, but it is very hard to take much comfort in that

I share those thoughts, but I didn’t write them. They actually come from an October 25, 2013 Education Week Blogs piece from Marc Tucker. Tucker actually says of the recent study that attempted to match scores for the states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to scores from an entirely different international test: “Nice,…

American Thinker: Education needs sages on the stage, not guides on the side

The American Thinker just published an excellent article by Bruce Deitrick Price about “Sages on Stages Desperately Needed.” Price summarizes the pitfalls in supposedly “new” education methods being ushered in as a result of the Common Core State Standards. The problem is, these education ideas are not new. Worse, these education philosophies were already tried…