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Duncan’s Message for Year 2: Move Out of Your Comfort Zone Declaring, "We must educate our way to a new economy," Arne Duncan came to his alma mater last week and clicked off the tasks for his second year as secretary of education. During his speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Duncan also addressed some of the more controversial aspects of his first year, including support for merit pay, charter schools, and competitive grants.
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How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up The tragic deaths of Lawrence King (age 13), Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover (age 11), and Jaheem Herrera (age 11)--all victims of school-based homophobia--serve as stark reminders that American schools remain unsafe for many young people who perform gender in a way that may not match dominant social norms.
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Another Missed Opportunity for Reform? Today, states across the country will submit applications to the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top fund.
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Looking Back, Looking Forward Volume 1, No. 1--the first-ever issue of the Harvard Education Letter--looks older than its 25 years. The well-thumbed issue we keep in our makeshift archive (a plastic three-ring binder) is slightly tattered, the words worn where the issue was folded in three for mailing. All three holes in its three-hole punch are ripped.
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“Platooning” and the Industrial Model of Schooling "Platooning" is another example of the intensification of the factory model of schooling which ignores most of what we've learned from scientific psychology about how human beings learn and grow.
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"Platooning" Touches a Nerve Reaction to my story on efforts to departmentalize elementary education around the country has come fast and furious since it was published in this month's Harvard Education Letter.
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Why School Boards Fail to Perform School boards are more or less invisible partners in education reform. Nancy Walser correctly notes that the role that school boards can play in school improvement tends to get overlooked. On the other hand, many boards fail to perform in the high-functioning manner of those that she studied.
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Know What You’re Doing Great consternation has greeted Secretary Arne Duncan's stated goal of turning around 5,000 of the country's lowest-performing schools over the next five years.
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The Need for a Moratorium on High-stakes Testing There is a growing movement in the US to abandon high-stakes tests because they don't work as anticipated and are costly. I agree, but hope that we don't throw out the need for accountability along with the high-stakes bathwater.
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The Race to the Top The U.S. Department of Education's proposed guidelines for awarding Race to the Top grants communicate a powerful message. States barring the use of student data in decisions about teacher and principal evaluation will not be eligible for funds.
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