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Marion Brady is a retired educator. Read more of his writing at www.MarionBrady.com.
Here's Why School Is So Confusing for Kids
Posted on: Sep 8, 2016, Source: The Washington Post
Billions of dollars and hours are being wasted on tests that dumb kids down because they can’t measure complex thought.
One Mother's Story: How Overemphasis on Standardized Tests Caused Her 9-Year-Old to Try to Hang Himself
Posted on: Aug 1, 2016, Source: AlterNet
There are major costs to corporate-driven "education reform."
Who's Behind the Devastating Movement to Privatize Public Schools?
Posted on: Jan 13, 2016, Source: The Washington Post
A primer for pundits and politicians on just how education reform works.
The Big Problem With the Common Core That Keeps Getting Ignored
Posted on: Oct 28, 2015, Source: The Washington Post
I oppose the Common Core State Standards primarily for a thus-far ignored consequence of their adoption.
What Bill Gates Doesn't Understand About Education
Posted on: Jul 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Stagnation in learner performance is the fault of the system, not the learners.
Why the Conventional Wisdom on Schooling Is All Wrong
Posted on: Apr 10, 2015, Source: The Washington Post
Delivering information to kids isn’t the problem. They need information processing skills.
The Important Things Standardized Tests Don't Measure
Posted on: Mar 6, 2015, Source: The Washington Post
Standardized tests are destroying education and the teaching profession in myriad unsuspected ways.
Here's One Thing Schools Should Do to Boost Students' Intellectual Growth
Posted on: Jan 19, 2015, Source: The Washington Post
Don't blame the teachers -- the real culprit is information overload.
The Paradigm Shift Schools Need Now
Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
A fragmented approach to education can never truly prepare students for the world outside the classroom.
What the Common Core Standards Can’t Do
Posted on: Oct 24, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
Educational amateurs have spent billions locking a deeply flawed curriculum into place.
What Do Standardized Tests Actually Test?
Posted on: Aug 5, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
Should we really care about what these tests are measuring?
Why the Common Core Can Never Do What Ed Reformers Claim It Will
Posted on: Jul 28, 2014, Source: DianeRavitch.net
We don't need standards for school subjects, but for the qualities of mind children need to thrive in today's world.
What Real Learning Actually Looks Like
Posted on: Jun 19, 2014, Source: The Answer Sheet
How do children learn best? It might not look like what you think.
10 Things Wrong with What Kids Learn in School
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
Limiting what’s taught to what machines can measure isn’t just demeaning, it’s a recipe for societal disaster.
Want To Solve America’s Curriculum Problem? Here's How
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
Market forces have distorted how and what students learn. It's time for new approach to curricular design.
Why Common Core Isn't the Answer
Posted on: Feb 11, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
Subject-based education is not what we need, according to this educator.
Do You Know What ‘The Procedure’ Is?
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014, Source: The Washington Post
You probably do. But what you might not know is how badly it's harming education.
What's Wrong with the Common Core?
Posted on: Nov 10, 2013, Source: The Washington Post
The major flaw in modern schooling is its preoccupation with letters and numbers to the neglect of all other ways of learning.
What Makes an Effective Teacher? Here are the Right and Wrong Roles
Posted on: Apr 17, 2013, Source: The Washington Post
Bill Gates spent $45 million trying to find out what makes a school teacher effective — and failed.
Do Textbooks Really Help Teach Our Kids?
Posted on: Feb 28, 2013, Source: The Washington Post
Schools are sending kids on their way with a solid grasp of the Common Core State Standards but ignorant of powerful ideas.
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