Test Nation III: A Dance of Redemption

It was a moment that called for John Coltrane. The California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education—love that acronym, CARE-ED— had revealed the truth about the Common Core State Standards and high-stakes assessment: Overall, there is not a compelling body of research supporting the notion that a nationwide set …

Test Nation II: NYC Opts Out

“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote in the opening canto of The Waste Land.   The month in which America celebrates child abuse prevention. Each spring, the English Language Arts,  math, and science tests arrive, New York City’s third- to eighth-grade public school students busily filling in bubbles.  As …

Test Nation I: Parents Across America Unite

This morning, succumbing to my raging digital addiction, I opened yet another email from Education Week. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines this malady as a “process” condition—distinct from an obsession with activities such as shopping, eating, and doing drugs. A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory …

Teaching Kindergarten in A New Age of Anxiety

These are dark times for the children in the garden. They have lost their place at the center of education. The shepherds of early development are struggling to move them in from the periphery. But the task is daunting, efforts thwarted in the age of standards-based accountability. Teaching Kindergarten: Learner …