Advocates of ‘school choice’ are often talking about wanting public funding for models like charter schools, but specialized programs should also be considered part of school choice debates.
Letting parents choose which school their child attends positions parents as consumers, and often diverts students and funding away from public schools.
Suspensions have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while children are attending remotely from their homes.
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Schools can consider virtual learning and other ways to reduce the negative impact of suspensions on student achievement.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning.
Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
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The involvement of large wealthy donors in local schools is influencing who gets elected to govern on school boards. Why does it matter?
Kenya’s existing school system isn’t producing the sorts of working people the country needs.
Kenya has realised that its school-leavers aren't ready for the world of work. An ambitious plan aims to change this.
Imagine a school with no year levels or set curriculum – could it work?
Our education system fails to amplify students' creativity and interest in learning. To continue along the current path is increasingly unscientific, unjustifiable and plain dull.
Who’s in charge of America’s schools?
Newark's children are no better off even after Mark Zuckerberg pumped $100 million to improve public schools. What opportunities have been lost? What lessons have we learned?
Ask their opinion.
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New look GCSEs and A-levels will be sat by young people – but they haven't been asked about the reforms.
Who has benefitted from New Orleans school reforms?
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans implemented significant changes to its education system. But the reforms may have excluded a lot of parents from decision-making.
No room for flat-lining.
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Nicky Morgan has wasted no time on pursuing plans to intervene in schools where results are 'flat-lining'.
A move towards ‘phenomenon-based’ teaching has been divisive in Finland.
Curriculum reforms being introduced in Finland from 2016 will set aside time for 'phenomenon-based' learning across subjects.
Wiping the slate clean won’t always help.
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For most governments, it’s their platform of education reforms that is politically one of the hardest programmes to push through. Yet push it through they do, in what has become a constant effort by politicians…
Education reforms in the spotlight.
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Only a tenth of education reforms carried out around the world since 2008 have been analysed by governments for the impact…
Gove: Shutting the door on education.
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In what must surely be seen as a significant demotion, secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, has been moved to become chief whip in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle. Given he is such a big fan…
Some schools just need a push.
The Department for Education has been scrambling to end the crisis over allegations of extremism at Muslim schools in Birmingham (the so-called Trojan Horse affair). Among all the ideas floated, one, the…
Where next for Britain’s angry teachers?
The Easter holidays have arrived, heralding the start of teacher union conference season. These are always important events, not least because according to research commissioned by the government, 97…
I told you to behave.
“Hope and change” may have driven the first presidential campaign for Barack Obama, but many educators and public education advocates have been discouraged by Obama’s education policy. While the US secretary…
Too young to fail.
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The coalition government is to introduce the testing of young children soon after they enter primary school at the age of four or five. English children are already tested far more than children in most…