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Standards

by Daniel Greenberg
 
There is a great deal of talk these days about maintaining, or raising, standards in our schools.

The prevailing notion seems to be that children tend to be slackers, and that the only way to ensure that our culture survives without degradation of its achievements is to force children to measure up to the high standards set by the culture.

15 Things More Important Than Passing Tests

by Sarah Major M.Ed.

There is so much out there to read.

Usually when online, I am in “scan-the-page mode”, clicking from article to article barely taking the time to read the intros, never mind the articles themselves.

But once in a while an article is so spot-on and so painfully relevant that it hooks me and keeps my focus clear to the end.

Recently I came across such an article in the Washington Post. I paused because it was about our schools. But I read on because of the content.

Why We Educate at Home, a Discussion of the Classical Education Method

by Teresa Dear

The Smithsonian Institution’s recipe for genius and leadership:
1.    Children should spend a great deal of time with loving, educationally minded parents;
2.    Children should be allowed a lot of free exploration; and
3.    Children should have little to no association with peers outside of family and relatives. –H. McCurdy

Is Milk More Innovative than Traditional Schools?

by Bruce Friend

I recently attended the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s second annual national summit on education in Washington, DC. Started by Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Foundation works to improve schools by helping them achieve higher standards and using data systems to drive district- and school-level decision making.

Preparing Students for a 21st century workforce

– Our nation’s Governors speak up.
by Bruce Friend

Education, and more specifically the topic of preparing our students for 21st century jobs, was key committee discussion at the Annual Meeting of National Governors Association in July.  Chaired by Nebraska Dave Governor Heineman, the education committee discussed the critical need in our country to retrain workers for 21st century jobs as well as a need for our K12 schools to produce graduates who are college ready and workforce ready.