Common core support drops, local control rules, and other public opinion trends

Back to school season means it’s also time for the yearly ritual of gauging American attitudes about their public schools. Two major surveys released this week once again show that the public says its local schools are great even though they think U.S. schools overall are in the tank (a mathematical impossibility, by the way).

The role of technology in early education

As technology becomes an increasingly important and ever present part of our lives, many are starting to ask what the appropriate role of technology is in the lives of young children.  While some parents and child advocates are concerned about possible negative impacts of excessive “screen time” for children, others believe that appropriately used digital

Are elementary school parents more demanding than high school parents?

In a recent Op-Ed Thomas Friedman asks are we falling behind* as a country in education because: “…too many parents and too many kids just don’t take education seriously enough and don’t want to put in the work needed today to excel?” Friedman asks this question in response to a recent speech in which Secretary

Expanding school choice: An education revolution or diversion?

House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) was speaking recently at the release of the Brookings Institution’s latest report on Education Choice and Competition. Calling these policies “an education revolution,” the House leader baldly stated, “school choice is the surest way to break [the] vicious cycle of poverty.” Not “a solid education.”  School choice. The Brookings’