Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:16 pm
Schools don't like to use the V-word anymore — "vocational," as in "vocational education." Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses onlyto students who are going straight into the workforce.
Nashville, Tenn., is trying a new approach. The public school system there is encouraging every high school student, regardless of college plans, to take threecareer-training classes before they graduate.
Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 1:26 pm
Chris Reynolds will never forget his first day at the University of Michigan. He and his dad got up superearly and drove nine and a half hours from Sellersville, a blue-collar factory town in Pennsylvania, to Ann Arbor.
"My father literally just dropped me off and then left," Reynolds says.
His dad couldn't afford a hotel, so they took about an hour to unpack the car, said their goodbyes, and his dad drove off.
Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 11:03 am
Our "Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.
A new series of conversations about what to do with the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools has begun.
“Beyond Bricks EBR” got started in response to an effort to restructure the parish school district and allow individual schools to be more autonomous. Anna Fogle got drawn in to the search for other solutions as the head of a group representing parents of children in the Gifted and Talented Program, which was threatened by the restructuring plan.
But the conversations are much broader than just Gifted and Talented.
Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade with the Interfaith Federation, is helping to get churches and faith leaders involved.
Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 9:48 am
On New Year's Eve, 2013, as people were setting up house parties around the country and Times Square workers were preparing for the ball to drop, a small few were instead rushing to their local GED testing centers. Tyron Jackson, a 24-year old resident of Washington D.C., was one of them.
He had taken a prep course in the District and, because of aggressive marketing by the GED Testing Service, knew that Dec. 31 was his last good chance to pass the old version of the high school equivalency exam. For 2014, a newer, much harder test was coming.
Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:13 am
The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff.
It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:11 pm
In a speech Monday at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., Education Secretary Arne Duncan laid out the president's position on the nation's largest federal education law, even as debate unfolds over the law's re-authorization.
Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:54 pm
One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam — the first since 2002 — the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test, according to local and state educators and the organization that runs it. In addition, at least 16 states have begun offering or plan to offer new, alternative tests.
Combined, these changes represent a dramatic shift in the equivalency landscape dominated by the GED since its inception during World War II.
Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm
What do the Common Core State Standards have in common with congressional Democrats and the Chicago Cubs?
They all had a really rough year.
Of the 45 states that first adopted the academic standards, many spent 2014 talking about repeal. In Oklahoma (as well as Indiana and South Carolina), it wasn't just talk. The Legislature voted to drop the Core in May. And Gov. Mary Fallin, a longtime champion of the Common Core, signed the repeal in June.