|4-9-19 Education in the News|
Star Ledger: Op-Ed--A teacher says they should engender trust, not fear from their students
Here is a simple proposition: Use teachers who connect with students and create trusting relationships with them, and students will learn.
In case there was any doubt this would work, the Aspen Institute organized a broad coalition of leaders in the fields of education, neuroscience, psychology, business and the military to do extensive research into optimal learning experiences for students. The consensus found that young people learn best when they are treated as human beings, when their social, emotional, as well as academic needs are met. As one student participating in the project remarked, “Success in our schools should not be defined just by our test scores … but also by the ability to think for ourselves, work with others and contribute to our communities.”
Bill Cole| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Posted Apr 8, 2:00 PM
Star Ledger—Op-Ed--Dump N.J.'s school superintendent pay cap now, rabbi says. It’s not saving us any money.
New Jersey's superintendent pay cap has been a failure, says Clifford Kulwin. Repeal it is not about an increase in state expenditures or an increase in local property taxes. All it does is return to each local board of education the right to decide how to allocate its own resources.
Clifford M. Kulwin| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Updated Apr 8, 5:22 PM; Posted Apr 8, 12:29 PM
Star Ledger--Technology answers call for phone-free school zones | Opinion
When it comes to the topic of how to improve education, many discussions center on such issues as whether or not to have standardized tests, the frequency of such testing, and overall standards. These discussions are certainly important, but they mostly focus on the results as opposed to the process of how you get there.
Albert B. Kelly | Guest Columnist| Posted Apr 8, 8:52 AM
Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Betsy DeVos: 'Teaching Has Gotten a Bad Beating Over the Years'
A year after lambasting states' plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos struck a much gentler tone in speaking to state chiefs Monday.
She avoided talking about the administration's plan to cut $7.1 billion from the Education Department's budget, including funding for after-school programs and teacher training, and instead emphasized new proposals to expand school choice and offer teachers more say over their own professional development.
Alyson Klein on April 8, 2019 8:28 PM