January 17th, 2014

Are Academically Advanced Kids Human Capital?

In this recent article in Newsweek titled “America Hates Its Gifted Kids”, author Chris Weller argues that extremely advanced learners are human capital that is being squandered by the US education system. Here’s an excerpt:

Tomlinson’s frustrations, much like those experienced by many of the nation’s public school teachers, are compounded by the […]

January 2nd, 2014

NYTimes Editorial Board Calls for Improved Gifted Education

The editorial board of the New York Times recently published this call to action, asking US education leaders to greatly increase efforts to identify and develop students of every race and class who have both the intelligence and drive to succeed at very high levels. The piece, titled “Even Gifted Students Can’t Keep Up“, offers […]

February 19th, 2012

Senator Kerry on NCLB Waiver & Educational Competitiveness

In today’s Fall River Wicked Local: “Guest Opinion: No Child Left Behind waiver gives Mass. school districts flexibility” by US Senator John Kerry. Here’s an excerpt:

There’s no better place than Massachusetts to start a national discussion about how to adapt our education system so Americans can compete in the global economy. Massachusetts […]

January 22nd, 2012

Oklahoma Schools Look Forward to NCLB Waiver

The Oklahoman featured this article by Megan Rolland earlier this week: “Oklahoma Seeks Waiver of Federal Education Reforms”

Here’s an excerpt:

[State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said] “They are now going to be able to focus on each individual child, children that are struggling up to gifted and talented children, because the focus […]

December 19th, 2011

NCLB Waiver Leaves Room for Improvements

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently stated that the ten-year-old No Child Left Behind act is broken:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has all but given up on the program, telling the Associated Press, “Whether it’s 50 percent, 80 percent or 100 percent of schools being incorrectly labeled as failing, one thing […]

December 17th, 2011

Closing the High-Low Achievement Gap, at a Cost

Excerpt from the Washington Post, Dec 15th, 2011 — opinion piece titled Closing the achievement gap, but at gifted students’ expense, by Michael J. Petrilli and and Frederick M. Hess

In September [2011], the president offered states and school districts flexibility around onerous provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act — linked […]