What 4 teachers told Obama over lunch

President Obama sat down this week for lunch at the White House with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and four teachers to talk about education, teaching and school reform. What the teachers said to Obama is explained in the following post by Justin Minkel, the 2007...

School must embrace changes (editorial)

We’ve all heard the saying “change is constant.” As the president and CEO of Barium Springs, I’m often asked, “Why isn’t Barium Springs an orphanage any longer?” I then ask them if they know of any institution or organization that is the same as they were 100, 50 or...

Ending Teacher Tenure Could Cause More Problems Than It Solves

For supporters of education reform, a recent decision by California Judge Rolf Treu, ruling teacher tenure unconstitutional, was transformational. Now schools can freely fire bad teachers and put the U.S. back on top as the best educational system in the world. Of...

Watch LeVar Burton’s Emotional Reaction To Reading Rainbow’s Quick Kickstarter Success

Who doesn't have fond memories of the children's television show Reading Rainbow? A quick poll of the office here couldn't find a single naysayer. In just 24 hours the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $1 million. (At the time of this post, it was already close to...

Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

Learning is something people, like other animals, do whenever our eyes are open. Education, though, is uniquely human, and right now it's at an unusual point of flux. By some accounts, education is a ripe for disruption. Others see it as almost a sacred pursuit — a...

A plea to put creativity back in American education. But was it there in the first place?

Bob Fecho, a University of Georgia professor in the Language and Literacy Education Department, and Stephanie Jones, a UGA associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, sent me a passionate piece about the standardization of education and...