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).
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
The popular press has been abuzz recently with horror stories about the unreasonable homework burden children are experiencing. While the idea of a third-grader having to spend 4+ hours on homework each night or an eighth-grader staying up until 1:00 am to finish all of her work certainly grabs the public’s attention, the reality of
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
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’