07 mars 2019

“Consulting and Advising”, Ottawa-style

By Alex Usher. I received a note from someone in a federal ministry in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago.  It asked, would I be interested in having dinner with Minister (name withheld)?  You know, look into new policy initiatives, want to talk to a few experts, break bread together etc. More...

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03 mars 2019

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

The ConversationWhile critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools to make large profits. More...

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School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

The ConversationTwo years before he lined his schoolmates up against a classroom wall and executed them one by one, the student, who would become the gunman, tried to show his English teacher something important.
He had quietly slid up his sleeves to reveal the cut marks running down his arms. The teacher panicked. More...

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Just what are ‘zero tolerance’ policies – and are they still common in America’s schools?

The ConversationWhen parents and educators discuss school discipline, one of the things that comes up most are “zero tolerance” policies. This term is often misused and misunderstood, according to new research I published recently. More...

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America’s public schools seldom bring rich and poor together – and MLK would disapprove

The ConversationFive decades after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., many carry on his legacy through the struggle for racially integrated schools. Yet as King put it in a 1968 speech, the deeper struggle was “for genuine equality, which means economic equality.” Justice in education would demand not just racially integrated schools, but also economically integrated schools. More...

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3 ways to improve education about slavery in the US

The ConversationWhen it comes to teaching students about slavery in the United States, teachers often stumble through the topic. In the worst cases, they use poorly conceived lessons that end up inflaming students, parents and communities about a subject that is already difficult to deal with because of the inhumanity involved. More...

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Spring breakers import Cuban rum, cigars and racist curios

The ConversationThis spring break, thousands of Canadian college and university students will head south to Cuba. They are among the more than one million Canadians who will flock to Cuba this winter to relax on the white sandy beaches of the affordable Caribbean island. More...

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Alaska and Connecticut

By Matt Reed. Alaska is proposing catastrophic cuts to its public flagship university, while allowing a small increase for its community colleges. More...

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Why Is High School Four Years?

By Matt Reed. Over the last few days, some colleagues and I have been meeting with curriculum directors and principals of local high schools to discuss ways to ensure that fewer high school grads place into developmental courses. More...

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Florida, Man...

By Matt Reed. A few years ago, the state of Florida declared that all new high school graduates were college-ready by definition, so they couldn’t be required to take remedial classes. For a year or so afterward, there were some articles detailing the measures that colleges were taking to prepare. More...

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