One to Watch: New Mexico’s New State Social Studies Standards

New Mexico completely revamped its state social studies standards in an effort to promote better inclusion and to bring topics like racism to the forefront for its students.  Predictably, there was blowback from this decision.  That’s nothing new, but I thought it might be interesting to walk through the  major objections. They are: Some Hispanic […]

Restorative Practices: Emerging Research

Restorative Practices go by many names — Restorative Justice, Restorative Approaches — but whatever the name, the goal of such practices is to reduce exclusionary discipline in schools, particularly for students of color and students with disabilities.  This is a big and messy problem with a lot of moving parts, which I am going to […]

The Efficacy of Equity Audits – Part II

In Part I, we spilled the beans:  no equity audit — or any audit — is empirically effective on its face. Effectiveness lies entirely in the quality of the recommendations and how faithfully they are implemented. Even the best recommendations grounded in hard research are useless if they sit gathering dust in a desk drawer […]

The Efficacy of Equity Audits – Part 1

Is there empirical research demonstrating the efficacy of equity audits? This question was posed to me a couple of months ago and being a bit of a research nerd, I decided to see what was out there in the realms of published studies that might confirm or refute the efficacy of conducting an equity audit. […]

Poll: 55% of Teachers Leaving Teaching Sooner than Planned

A poll conducted by the NEA in January of 2022 found that more than half of all teachers surveyed said they will leave teaching earlier than they had originally planned.  That’s already serious enough, but the percentages are even higher among Black (62%) and Hispanic/Latino (59%) educators, who are already underrepresented in the teaching profession.  […]

The Community School: A Novel Approach Based on an Old Idea

Here’s a fascinating article from the Washington Post on the trend toward “community schools,” which takes a unique approach to addressing some of the problems that plague student academic success.  The article begins by mentioning and dismissing the trend toward charter schools, pointing out that these have been around for a couple decades now and […]

The State of Civics Education in the U.S. – Part II: What Should Civics Look Like?

In the last post, we talked about the state of civics education in the U.S., particularly its long, slow decline and its recent reappearance in the national spotlight as our country has struggled with how the events of January 6, 2020 could have come to pass. Very often, terms in education end up being  empty […]

The State of Civics Education in the U.S. – Part 1

Not long ago, I wrote about a case in Rhode Island where students were suing the state for the right to an adequate civics education to enable them to participate effectively in the democracy of the U.S.  In that article, I detailed some of the abysmal statistics surrounding general understanding of how our government works […]

Phasing Out Gifted and Talented Instruction?

In October of 2021, the New York City Public Schools announced that they would be phasing out their gifted and talented education program because of equity concerns. Citing the demographics of the program, which is 75% white and Asian even though the district as a whole is about 67%  African American and Latino, the district […]

Out of the Ashes: COVID and Changes in Testing

In late September of this year, AP News included a report from the state of Massachusetts showing declines on state standardized tests in both ELA and math performance.  The report compared student performance on the MCAS (state test) from 2019 to the 2021 results and showed significant losses, particularly in elementary math. This shouldn’t come as […]