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What U.S. Schools Can Learn From Russia

An excerpt from my recent eSchool News Learning Leadership column. There is a tendency to beat up on our public schools based on the performance of American students on international tests. The impression that is created is that our schools are not as good as those in the rest of the world. Let me tell you, thatís a crock. Iíve had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world, ...

Posted By Meg Carnes | 1/3/2013 4:39:08 PM

Until We Get Rid of Funding Inequities, True Education Reform Canít Happen

In my eSchool News column this month, I ask readers to consider the fundamental challenge facing education reform: funding inequities. Read an excerpt below. Read the full column. "The sad reality is that the quality of our public schools has always been subject to the tax dollars that can be raised in the neighborhood they serve. Yes, there are outliers that defy the basic formula, but genera...

Posted By Meg Carnes | 9/10/2012 7:29:41 AM

It's Time to Blow Up the Current Grade-Level Structure

From July 2012 edition of eSchool News: I want to blow up K-12 education! Not the public school system, just the grade level structure that has regulated how our schools are organized since the 19th century. It served its purpose once upon a time. It compared well with Henry Ford's assembly line in the early 20th century as a way to conveniently group kids according to age. Today, the K-12 ...

Posted By Meg Carnes | 7/11/2012 3:23:35 PM

What Public School Administrators Want From Policy Makers

Here are excerpts from my March 2012 column in eSchool News. Let me know what you think by adding your comment below. . . . . ďFirst and foremost, we want regulatory relief from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The waiver process that the Obama administration has implemented is a replacement for the stimulus dollars that became the carrot originally used to get states and school districts to adher...

Posted By Meg Carnes | 3/5/2012 4:18:41 PM

Itís Time To Strengthen the P-16 Continuum

For true education reform to occur, K-12 schools must work together with preschool programs and colleges A major impediment to education reform is the silos that exist in the pre-kindergarten through college continuum. If we are to realize President Obamaís goal of leading the world in the percentage of citizens who are college graduates, we will need to break down the barriers that currently e...

Posted By Meg Carnes | 1/30/2012 10:47:03 AM

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