Monthly Archives: August 2019

Back to school means education news stories …for a while

It’s that time of year again. As millions of youngsters return to school, thousands of journalists cast about for a once-a-year education-themed story. As one might expect with such sporadic attention, many of the August/September stories will be light and … Continue reading

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Persian Gulf tensions recall a previous “gulf” crisis: The Tonkin Gulf Resolution

Why congressional oversight and investigative journalism must be aggressive Dear Member of Congress, Dear Investigative Journalist, The recent ebb and flow of tensions in and around the Persian Gulf and the president’s family’s business ties to Gulf and Mid-east states … Continue reading

Posted in Erich Martel, Ethics, History, Humanities, information suppression, Social Studies | Leave a comment

Should we switch from mandated “standardized” tests to mandated “performance” tests?

Sandra Stotsky, August 1, 2019 According to many education writers in this country, there are no tests in Finnish schools, at least no “mandated standardized tests.” That phrase was carefully hammered out by Smithsonian Magazine to exclude the many no- … Continue reading

Posted in Common Core, Curriculum & Instruction, Reading & Writing, Sandra Stotsky, Testing/Assessment | Leave a comment