The Nobel-Prize-winning economist who has studied the effects of early childhood education for decades weighs in on President Obama’s proposal to expand early education for children ages 0-5 years. And the White House released its fact sheet on the proposal.
An advocate for expanded learning time says redesigning high school, as President Obama called for in his State of the Union speech, relies on strong outside partners.
The founding principal of P-TECH in Brooklyn said he is grateful President Obama mentioned the school in his State of the Union speech, and hopes it will prompt the creation of more early college high schools.
An education consultant urges newly re-elected President Obama to overhaul Race to the Top federal guidelines so they emphasize great teaching and individuals over metrics and test scores.
During the final presidential debate on Monday, President Obama gave a sliver of air time to the idea of class size. And on a visit to Brooklyn on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan agreed that classes would be smaller “in an ideal world,” but reiterated the administration’s stance that having a good teacher matters more than how many students are in the classroom.
The founder of Turnaround for Children says Mitt Romney and Barack Obama need to speak up on the issue of public education, and she’s got questions she wants answered.
A high school teacher writes: “Before we discuss extending school days and years, I would rather examine how to better use the time we have. I have seen far too many teachers and schools make the mistake of saying, ‘we need to do more,’ when in reality they need to do less better.”
A social studies and English teacher in Brooklyn had an early look at a $5 billion federal grant program called Project Respect, whose goal will be, as Education Secretary Arne Duncan put it, “to make teaching not only America’s most important profession, but also America’s most respected profession.” But, the teacher writes, while the goal is good, some of the assumptions are wrong — especially those having to do with assessing good teaching and effective leaders.
President Obama announced new federal and private-sector education initiatives to encourage “a nation of tinkerers and dreamers” during a science fair at the White House on Tuesday.
Listeners to the Brian Lehrer Show weigh in on the president’s proposal to raise the compulsory schooling age to 18, with strong opinions for and against. An economist says the data supports the idea that the longer students stay in school the more likely they are to graduate, and to fare better in the workplace.
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