Family Income Affects Kids’ Success More Than Public Vs. Private School, Study Finds

Article from wbur.org It’s a common refrain among parents: “I wish I could send my kids to private school.” The subtext, of course, is that expensive private schools give kids a better education, which leads to better career opportunities and a more successful life. But a new study shows that the advantages of private school disappear when controlling for socioeconomic factors. Here &…

Ask Dr. Blank: How do you feel larger class sizes are affecting students?

This issue has been triggered largely by the findings on international tests which generally indicate that U.S. children, particularly in the upper grades, do not fare well in comparison to other developed nations.  Reduction of class size is one of the many demands for reform that have followed.  As a result, more than 20 states and the federal government have…

Out go the classics in English classrooms

By Kristen Blair for the Daily Journal Classic literature has fallen from favor in English class. The movement away from the literary canon, begun decades ago, has accelerated rapidly following adoption of Common Core standards by most states eight years ago. Some states, including North Carolina, have revised these standards. But the devaluation of classic literature is widespread, shortchanging students’…

Reading Kingdom Review: I have seen such a HUGE improvement with Miss Grace’s reading since starting Reading Kingdom.

Can Reading be Taught a BETTER Way? With Reading Kingdom, it CAN! Miss Grace is dyslexic, so her reading level is technically ‘behind’. We’ve tried other programs aimed at Dyslexic children, but she always gets bored and claims they are aimed at little kids, and then doesn’t seem to get much from them. For Miss Grace who struggles AT the…

Holding middle-schoolers back causes dropout rates to spike, new research finds

  By Matt Barnum for Chalkbeat.org To hold back or not to hold back? For many policymakers in the early 2000s, the answer was clear: it was time to stop allowing struggling students to keep moving through school. “It’s absolutely insidious to suggest that a functionally illiterate kid going from third grade, it’s OK to go to fourth. Really?” explained Jeb Bush,…

Ask Dr. Blank: How do we assure that schools, after-school programs and community-based settings are dynamic places that surround children with opportunities to be connected and exposed to the world and not isolated and segregated from it?

As your question indicates, after-school programs offer a fabulous opportunity to serve as dynamic centers that can extend children’s experiences well beyond the traditional curricula. But they can only do this if the teachers and the programs are provided with adequate support on a range of dimensions (salaries, training, resources, respect, etc.) Unfortunately the past 15 years have been marked…