Teachers as Professionals

My daughter began the yearly PSSAs today, and my son’s schedule was disrupted by the older kids taking them at Lincoln. This was on my mind as I read an interesting letter from a retiring teacher published in the Washington Post a few days ago. His overall point is that many troubling trends in public education– […]

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Organizing for Public Education

I just learned about an interesting group in the Pittsburgh area– Yinzercation—  that are trying to organize their community to support public schools. They’ve done a variety of things to get the message out, including creative online and in-the-streets events that have attracted positive media attention and the attention of state legislatures.  Opponents of public […]

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Opting Out of the PSSAs

The relentless focus on standardized tests in the schools needs to be changed. There is an interesting op-ed about parents in the Pittsburgh area who have opted-out of taking the PSSAs. I didn’t actually know parents had this choice in PA!  Link: “Why I won’t let my son take the PSSA” The problem, though, is a […]

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Models for Public School Success

The Atlantic has an interesting article on the Finish education system in its latest issue. No standardized tests, no school choice, and no teacher ‘accountability’, yet one of the best systems in the world. Yes, Finland has a much different population than the U.S., but the article addresses that issue too:  “What Americans Keep Ignoring […]

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