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Is Education Reform Effective? Depends on the Definition.

Too many education solutions fall apart when you step back and ask some tough questions.


Here’s the dilemma for people who write about education: Certain critical principles need to be mentioned again and again because policymakers persist in ignoring them, yet faithful readers eventually tire of the repetition.

Consider, for example, the reminder that schooling isn’t necessarily better just because it’s more “rigorous.” Or that standardized test results are such a misleading indicator of teaching or learning that raising scores can actually lower the quality of students’ education. Or that using rewards or punishments to control students inevitably backfires in multiple ways.

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A New Virtual Conference Lets Teachers Share Solutions from Across the Globe

Come share best practices with teachers across the globe-all from the comfort of your living room sofa.

Looking for innovative ways to improve our education system? Thanks to an upcoming education conference, The Reform Symposium, teachers across the globe have the opportunity to come together to share fresh solutions to the challenges of modern schools.

The free conference takes place this Saturday, January 8, but you don't need to plunk down the cash for a plane ticket or hotel. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out exactly what educators across the globe are doing to get student achievement results—all from the comfort of your living room sofa.

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