Does the new education law throw out the baby with the bathwater? We’ll see in four years – The Hechinger Report

Last week’s long-delayed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 – now dubbed Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) — demonstrated what our deadlocked politics can do when the stars align: get rid of a bad law that nobody wants around anymore. With No Child Left Behind (NCLB) dumped at the curb, many are proclaiming the […]

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Go Ahead, Give Your Toddler A Kitchen Knife

Many agree with my general stance that equipping a child with a knife to help out in the kitchen sounds like a recipe for wounds and lost appendages. Both my mother and mother-in-law recoiled when I suggested letting my son try his hand at chopping. Yet research, and the experience of educators, suggest that parents such as me would be wise to hand a tot a knife…

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Expanding Access to Montessori Education: An Opportunity for Disadvantaged Students

Angela K. Murray, PhD, CUNY Institute for Education Policy, February 2015
Our nation struggles to prepare students for success in a modern economy. Some U.S. students are fortunate enough to be taught the necessary twenty-first century skills, but it is often a matter of chance or familial wealth rather than the deliberate design of our school system. Helping our most vulnerable children enjoy full participation requires not only strong academic skills, but also so-called “social capital,” capacities. Read more>>