The evidence that does exist suggests that the Common Core represents a small, if shaky, step in the right direction. Critics would be better off recognizing the Common Core for what it is – an imperfect improvement over the status quo – and supporting its successful implementation than fighting a losing battle to repeal what has become a new national norm.
In recent years, polemical critics on both sides have obscured the legitimate issues surrounding the Common Core. Rather than promote rational dialogue, they have caricaturized the issue, depicting the standards as confusing, developmentally inappropriate, and tyrannical on one hand and as near-flawless, research-based brilliance on the other.
Before we push technology into every domain of children’s educational lives, we must develop a more robust research base on the effects such technology might have on student learning. Moreover, we must also consider the opportunity cost of education technology.
At first glance, it sounds misanthropic to criticize President Obama’s new community college plan. How could one possibly criticize a program whose goal is to make community college – a gateway to secure, middle class jobs – free for everyone? However, the implications of Obama’s proposal aren’t as clear as they initially seem. Although the plan is undoubtedly good politics, it is too early to tell if it is also good policy.
The world might be a better place if newspaper columns didn’t exist. Same with news channel and talk radio punditry. The problem with each of these media is the same: they distract from genuine factual reporting while making overblown claims to legitimacy and credibility. In the process, they misinform more than they inform.
Before jumping to conclusions and experimenting on schools with the highest-need students, we must proceed with caution, think carefully, and look at the available research. The scientific method – not the unproven theories of the private sector – provides the safest ground for the development of sustainable solutions to problems in public education.
Until that day comes, though, say no to TFA, or apply only on the condition that you are placed in a school truly desperate for staff. Only by standing their ground can college students force the organization to change for the better. Low-income school districts don’t need under-qualified graduates to serve and then leave. They need well-trained teachers who are in the profession to stay.
In my last column, I supported my arguments about race, gender and class studies by referencing two “primary goals” of a liberal arts education: to prepare ourselves to make the world a better place and to expose ourselves to a wide variety of perspectives and ideas. According to the undergraduate admissions page, the three main…
Once the Class of 2016 graduates, Stanford’s transition to Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing general education requirements will be complete. This change is welcome, because the old system badly needed fixing: The Disciplinary Breadth obligation was superficial and unsatisfying, and the Education for Citizenship (EC) requirement was well-meaning but flawed (more on this later). Unfortunately,…
Entering its final tournament of the fall season, the women’s golf team hopes to build on its recent third-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The men’s team, on the other hand, is hoping to erase the past with a good finish at this weekend’s U.S. Collegiate Championship, hosted by Georgia Tech.
Senior Sally Watson is competing at the World Amateur Team Championships in Turkey, and the women's golf team struggled without her at the team's season-opening tournament in Tennessee.
Weighed down by a poor second round, the Stanford men’s golf team stumbled to a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
Despite finishing a distant fourth in the NCAA Western Regional, 17 shots behind tournament winner Cal, the Stanford men’s golf team qualified for next week’s NCAA Championships
After a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, the Stanford men’s golf team has the chance to redeem itself at the NCAA Regionals, which start today at the Stanford Golf Course
Andrew Yun shot a 4-under-par 68 on the final day of play over the weekend to secure a two-shot victory at the Pac-12 Championships, held at Oregon State’s Trysting Tree Golf Club
In its strongest showing in months, the Stanford men’s golf team finished second to No. 1 Texas at the Western Intercollegiate, held at the famous Pasatiempo course in Santa Cruz
Hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course last weekend, the Stanford men’s golf team–ranked No. 8 in Golfweek’s national rankings–was unable to recover from an early deficit, ultimately taking third at the tournament with a score of 849.
Stockton faces looming bankruptcy, an unemployment rate of 16.6 percent, a failing education system and a high homicide rate. According to ABC News , 56 people were murdered in Stockton last year alone. To help fix these problems and reinvigorate Stockton, Tubbs decided to run for City Council, declaring his candidacy on Feb. 20 of this year. The election will take place on June 15.
The Stanford men’s golf team struggled to escape the pack at the highly competitive Las Vegas Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, finishing fifth in a field of 15 teams.
Larson, a freshman who intends to major in political science and pursue a coterminal degree in policy, organization and leadership studies at Stanford’s School of Education, was one of seven candidates who ran this week for three open positions on the Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education in Wisconsin.
In its first tournament of the spring season, the Stanford men’s golf team took third place at the Amer Ari Invitational on the strength of freshman Patrick Rodgers’ third-place finish and junior Andrew Yun’s final round 65.
Four years removed from a national championship, and three years after finishing as the nation’s runner-up, the Cardinal finished sixth in the NCAA Central Regionals last year... But if the fall season is any indication, the Cardinal will not falter again this spring.
It didn’t take long for freshman golfer Mariko Tumangan to make her presence felt on the Stanford women’s golf team. On Oct. 28, barely a month into her college career, she shot a women’s course record 63 on the Stanford course
In response to the success of past collaborations, the Stanford Speakers Bureau intends to co-sponsor more speakers this year.