Texas Kills Common Standards

We have talked on these pages about the push for so-called “common-core standards.”  This is basically an attempt to establish universal standards for English and math so that, from state to state, school systems would be in agreement about what students should be...

A Foreign Example to Follow?

The United States has moved towards an even greater emphasis on standardized testing in our school systems during the last decade. This has been controversial and caused an outcry from parents, students, and teachers who think too much testing can be a bad thing. Now...

News Is a Window on the Teaching World

What do you know about Egypt? And we’re not talking about the stereotypes. Everybody is a familiar with the pyramids and sphinx. Most people remember the ‘80s song “Walk Like An Egyptian.” But ask someone to tell you what Egypt is really like and you’re liable to get...

State of the Union

President Obama’s recent State of the Union address featured education as a prominent topic. Obama, like many presidents before him, recognizes the importance of a strongly educated workforce. But will his ideas lead to higher quality education? In his speech, he...