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[3 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

We don’t need to memorize things any more, but we still need teachers to guide our students toward learning the best ways to problem solve. The question is: How do you measure that?
As you read this, students all over the country are sitting for state standardized exams. Schools spend up to 40% of the year on test prep, so that, shall we say, no child is left behind. Schools’ futures and funding depend on the number of students who fall into performance bands like “Advanced,” “Proficient,” and “Approaching Basic” based …

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[10 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘No Child Left Behind’ Celebrates its 10th Birthday. Good? Bad? Indifferent?

Earlier this week I came across an article written by Sol Stern, an author for The Daily Beast, titled, “Still ‘Lying to Children’: How No Child Left Behind Corrupted Education”. In the article, Stern discusses the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) – enacted 10 years ago this week. He states that, “Expecting all students to be college ready is a hopeless utopian goal that inevitably produces test-score inflation and bad results”.
Jim Pulliam, the Vice President of Company of Experts and a former community college president, is passionate about student …

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[26 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Provosts Worry Department Chairs Do Not Receive Enough Training

Inside Higher Ed, the online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education recently posted an article on their blog titled, “Memo to Chairs: Provosts Feel Your Pain” that revealed that provosts are worried that they provide too little training to Department Chairs.
Author: Doug Lederman on November 8, 2011
Source: Inside Higher Ed
It sometimes seems as if everyone on campuses is at odds with everyone else. Senior administrators complain about intransigent faculty members. Professors gripe about their presidents’ excessive compensation. And as economic tensions worsen on many campuses, …

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