"When I was your age, I had to walk uphill to school both ways, spend all day in school, and come home and do homework for three hours."
A few months ago we saw an extensive push to require high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate. New data out from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) suggests that this might not be such a bad idea.
In recent years, a number of studies and articles have been published on the important role of school recess. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recess promises significant physical, emotional, and mental benefits to students.
A Week in the Twitter Life of a Teachers' Union President
At Better Ed, we are fond of encouraging an educational approach known as classical education. As the standard - but rigorous - educational model practiced from ancient times to the early twentieth century, classical education offers an antidote to the low proficiency scores and non-challenging curricula currently offered in the public school system.
It’s National School Choice week, and chances are you’ve heard of vouchers, charters, and tax credits all three well-known forms of school choice. But have you heard about the latest – and probably the most creative – form of school choice?
Some of you may remember the 1908 curriculum manual I dug up in the Minnesota Historical Society archives a few months ago. When compared with a current public school reading list, it demonstrated that today’s schools are offering a more narrow view of western civilization and a simplified level of reading material.
It looks like Governor Dayton is putting his eggs in the early childhood education basket.