Bill de Blasio's Schools Chancellor is Leaving: Who will Restore the Joy to Early Ed?

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Not long before New York City’s public schools closed for winter break, Katie Lapham posted to Twitter a drab black-and-white photograph of a testing manual she had found in her mailbox, the imprimatur of Carmen Fariña in the upper left-hand corner. An elementary school teacher and long-time critic of education policy, Lapham felt sick. “We will continue to refuse the tests,” she wrote, with the hashtag #OptOut2018.

Within days of the delivery, Fariña confirmed that she was stepping down from her perch as chancellor—four years after Bill de Blasio had coaxed her out of retirement to . . . Read full article →

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We Love Accountability. But Who’s Ensuring the Well-being of America’s Kids?

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The United States is afflicted by an inputs-outputs complex, complicated by our penchant for competition. Stuck with conventional metrics, we stint on the resources, expect stellar outcomes, and remain oblivious to the disconnect. Care, education, and health read as consumption, not investment, in our national accounting; production of the next generation has become a luxury item. Our children, and future, have been relegated to the bottom of the nation’s priority list.

The repercussions of our inaction could not be more serious. In this essay, originally published at Medium, Wendy Lazarus, director, and Laurie Lipper, chief consultant, . . . Read full article →

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Baby PISA is Just Around the Corner. So Why is No One Talking about It?

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As the standardization of early education proceeds apace, assessment of young children is a hot topic among those who nurture and educate them. Inappropriate, high-stakes testing is moving down, inexorably, to the most tender stages of development, the latest front of the Global Education Reform Movement.

Helge Wasmuth, an associate professor of early childhood and childhood education at New York’s Mercy College, has been following this trend. Among his research interests are early education policy as well as the history of, and postmodern perspectives on, early childhood education. He is a renowned expert on Friedrich Froebel. In the . . . Read full article →

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