Charter schools, tenure reform, more rigorous testing. The nature of public K-12 education is changing rapidly -- we discuss what it means for our kids, our parents, and our economic future.
30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Comparing the candidates' public education policies, from kindergarten through high school. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
As schools in Chicago are expected to re-open Monday, the scars from the week-long strike remain. The brutal landscape of education politics was laid bare for all to see. Add to the potent mix a Hollywood movie that seems to blame the teachers' union for failing schools, and it's easy to understand why teachers may feel defensive. WNYC’s Beth Fertig went to a screening of the film, “Won’t Back Down,” with some city educators to discuss the portrayal of their profession in the media.
Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, explains what the Chicago teachers strike tells us about the national conversation about education, and what it means for New York City teachers.
My mother and father had 18 children. And I learned at a very young age you have to question everything, because you have to open up your mind.
New York is joining other states in reworking the way it certifies teachers, emphasizing classroom evaluation over written exams. Gotham Schools managing editor Philissa Cramer talks about the changes. Teachers, what do you make of the changes? How were you evaluated, and was it effective? What's the best way to decide who gets to teach? Call 212-433-9692 or post here!
Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, author of the "Bridging Differences" blog at Education Week and also author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, follows up on a discussion about school performance and the frustration some teachers feel about standardized testing.