July 18, 2017
The U.S. League of Women Voters (LWV) strongly supports public education and opposes vouchers. LWV Florida also advocates charter school reform and sponsors a blog to promote awareness about school reform issues.
The coordinator of that blog is Sue M. Legg,...
April 19, 2017
The long mandate of high stakes, standardized testing has weakened public education. This has set the stage for a high stakes drama: dismantling a cornerstone of American democracy.
Reforms like No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, even the Eve...
April 4, 2017
Should tax-paying, child-rearing parents have the power to make education policy?
Who does make public education policies? Who established No Child Left Behind? Or Race to the Top, Common Core, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)? Politicians, of course. But also infl...
March 30, 2017
Why can’t school reformers get it right?
The record. In 1983 “A Nation at Risk” warned of global competition. But our economy boomed in the 1990’s while our competitor Japan suffered a “lost decade.”
“No Child Left Behind” got left behind before its term ex...
March 29, 2017
Why can’t school reformers get it right? Why do we Americans keep demanding reform year after year, decade after decade, without getting some resolution?
Is reform really that complex?
The short answer is yes. We are a diverse, even divided, nation. We want different...
December 23, 2016
It was the longest standing ovation I’ve ever been part of… and it was for a teacher.
125 students. End of the last class, end of semester. My first course in college, 8:00am Mondays. Some 30 lectures, each 50 minutes long. A profe...
December 18, 2016
Baby Boomers: What TV show, 1957-62, regularly beat the “Ed Sullivan Show” ratings?
Answer: “Maverick.” My brother Jim and I always watched. James Garner got his Hollywood break as Bret Maverick. Jack Kelley played his brother Bar...
December 10, 2016
“First, do no harm.”
The Hippocratic Oath has worked for medicine and doctors for over 2000 years.
A draft version of it for education (exists and) could work for teachers. And for administrators and school committees. Policy makers...
November 30, 2016
The end of education is not what “they” say it is.
Our film editor Gary is a 26-year-old wizard of a techie. If it’s on a computer, he can do anything. If he doesn’t know something now, he’ll learn it in minutes. His teamwork skill...
The League of Women Voters Education Blog
THE END OF SCHOOL REFORM: SHORT VERSION
THE END OF SCHOOL REFORM: LONG VERSION
HOW MUCH CLASS SIZE MATTERS
WHAT’S A SKILLFUL, MAVERICK TEACHER?
AVOID AT ALL COSTS
FOR STARTERS: THE END OF EDUCATION
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aims of education
complexity vs simplicity
intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation