GPS for the Soul
In summary, the passion and persistence of grit motivates and carries us over rough seas like a well-made surfboard. We can think of an absence of effort like a crack in our surfboard that needs repair.
It was supposed to be a quiet week in college admissions, but a story was rumbling beneath the typical spring headlines of "Colleges Receive Record Apps" last week that, if left unchecked, could trash the serene summer of many a rising senior--and it all has to do with guessing.
... and that's really sad.
But overall, things aren't looking bright for disadvantaged kids.
If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"
When U.S. scientists confirmed that lead exposure from gasoline caused permanent mental disability, deafness and a host of
As the Vietnamese deputy commissioner said, PISA measures only one dimension: test-taking skills. Whatever value the standardized tests have is overshadowed by the collateral damage they do to the quality of education and to the standardizing of young minds.
Unofficial days off affect more than just the student staying at home. School closings for snow "have no effect at all on
This material was published by the Center for American Progress. He continued, “Implementing those policies today means we
We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.
This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.
Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.
If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem -- what would you do? As someone who cares deeply about American public education, I believe a certain approach could yield great returns.
Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.
Is your child a good student? You might be in for a shock. Come next year, he might fail your state's math test, and that could be just the wake-up call you need. Yet if you're like most parents, you won't just accept the state test result on faith.
There are just as many states using the same misguided strategies who made few or no gains as there were reformy states making big gains. If test-and-punish strategies work, why don't they work everywhere?
The international test scores are poor economic barometers. What matters most in the decades ahead is the extent to which we cultivate creativity, ingenuity, curiosity, innovation, and thinking differently.