Teens tell reporter they don’t like student-led classrooms

Common Core supporters have pushed the ideas of student-centered and group learning across the country. That is why it was especially interesting when veteran reporter Maureen Downey wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about: “What teens resent: Classrooms controlled by students rather than teachers.” Things teens told Downey they don’t like include: Classes where learning is…

Federally sponsored study: Boston’s charter high schools work

The National Center for Education Statistics’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established a number of years ago to find valuable needles in the incredibly large haystack of mostly unscientific, if not outright garbage, studies on education. WWC applies fairly rigorous rules to evaluate the real quality of research. Reports that don’t meet minimum quality standards…

Los Angeles Times editors get it – Philanthropies don’t have all the answers about education

The Los Angeles Times just ran a very good article concerning the failure of a number of education programs that have received massive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The title says a lot: “Editorial | Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America’s public school agenda” This is a solidly thought…

Kentucky’s education commissioner tells feds where to get off!

Wow! It looks like the US Department of Education has now gone too far. Even the ever-federal-tax-dollar-chasing Kentucky Department of Education has had enough! WLKY has the details of this remarkable development where federal demands for Kentucky to do nonsense things like testing with obsolete tests are getting the cold shoulder in the Bluegrass State.…

RE: Efficiency – Kentucky really might have to get honest about spending at the school level

I blogged a few days ago about “KY education is required to be Efficient!” This is actually a constitutional requirement in Kentucky. That should be sufficient, but history to date shows it has not been. Now, however, an article from the Brookings Institution indicates requirements in the new regulations for the new Every Student Succeeds…

How have English Language Learners fared under Common Core?

As we previously commented, the Courier-Journal and The Hechinger Report have collaborated on a series of articles about education in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) during the Common Core era. We’ve already discussed the articles on achievement gaps for special education students and the one for racial minorities. In both cases, the Courier and Hechinger…