| Nov 12, 2013
Here's a way to dramatically increase classroom teaching time in Chicago and elsewhere while saving a ton of money:
Get rid of most or all standardized testing.
If you eliminated all the time that teachers now must prepare for and administer tests,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:31 AM
The "what ifs" linger long after a visit with John DeStefano, now closing in on his final weeks after a remarkable 20-year marathon as mayor of the Elm City.
What if DeStefano, smothered by M. Jodi Rell during a disastrous run for governor in 2006, had...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 4:38 PM
The Los Angeles school board made the right move this week, blunting Supt. John Deasy's threat to leave with a contract that keeps him here until 2016.
Deasy's not perfect, but he'd be hard to replace. He's become a hero to civic leaders, who credit his...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 7:28 PM
Some see Apple iPads and Android tablets as luxury items. But one day soon for students and families across Florida they will join the list of must-have school supplies, along with backpacks, pencils and lunch pails.
Tablets are a hit with consumers...
| Oct 28, 2013
It hasn't been the best of football seasons for Liberty and Freedom.
Yet, just as is the case in Allentown with Allen and Dieruff and many other area rivalries, the records don't matter. The two Bethlehem public schools get all pumped up for spirit week....
| Oct 20, 2013
The University of Chicago is Parris Island for economists.
From the days when Milton Friedman, George Stigler and Arnold Harberger led the charge, if not before, it's been a rigorous training ground that produces not U.S. Marines but scholars with a...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Is it difficult to push yourself each day to go to a boring job?
If you are looking for a way out, consider how you got there in the first place.
It may be that you chose that boring job over a more interesting one because you didn't think alternative...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 7:22 PM
There is more at stake than test scores in the effort to provide iPads to 600,000 Los Angeles Unified students in time for the state's upcoming switch to online achievement exams.
If my inbox is a measure of public opinion, the district's credibility is...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 8:40 AM
Heard about the kindergarten building in Germany that's shaped like a giant cat? Students enter the front door/mouth as though they're being swallowed.
Cute, you might say. But is that intelligent architecture? In such buildings, function and...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:01 PM
Think quickly about work in Connecticut. What comes to mind?
It's likely jobs and unemployment, the quest to keep the economy humming. That's the biggest issue that all states face, as corporate America presides over a growing surplus of money and a...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:58 PM
We teach kids a lot in public schools.
Courses are offered in everything from calculus to sex ed.
One thing we still don't teach our children?
How to balance a checkbook. How to create a household budget. How to invest in stocks and manage a 401(k)....