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TED Ed Launches

TED is a nonprofit organization that has been promoting what it calls “Ideas Worth Spreading” since 1984. The initials stand for Technology, Entertainment and Design, but the organization does not limit itself to working in those three areas. Best known for the two annual TED conferences and the TED Talks website, all of which provide […]

The Fallout from New York’s Teacher Ratings

Controversy erupted in February after the New York City Department of Education published ratings of 18,000 public school teachers. The ratings have been criticized as inaccurate, and even the team who designed the system recommended against making the data public. New York City teachers and administrators have argued that publishing the ratings has damaged morale, […]

Finnish Education in America: What Can We Learn from Finland?

Although everyone seems to agree that the U.S. education system is in drastic need of help, there are few proven solutions for education reform being put forward. An exception is the example of the education system of Finland. The small Nordic country with a population of about 5 million has an education system that is […]

Teacher Shortage Areas

While many prospective and veteran teachers alike have suffered from the economic recession, especially in states where there have been mass layoffs, major turnover will soon occur, with more than 1 million teachers getting ready to head into retirement. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that student enrollment in elementary and secondary schools will […]

Obama Grants No Child Left Behind Waivers to 10 States

Five months ago, President Obama asked the U.S. Department of Education to offer greater flexibility to states suffering from the rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. On February 9, 2012, the President has announced that relief will be granted to the following 10 states: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, […]

Obama Requests More Money for Math and Science Teacher Prep Programs

“We’re a nation of thinkers, dreamers, believers in a better tomorrow.”This was President Obama’s message when he recently announced a plan to increase funding for math and science programs across the nation. To build this better tomorrow, Obama has asked Congress for funding to be used in establishing a new Education Department competition, one that […]