It looks like the beginning of the end of America’s obsession with student standardized tests

By Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post America has been obsessed with student standardized tests for nearly 20 years. Now it looks like the country is at the beginning of the end of our high-stakes testing mania — both for K-12 “accountability” purposes and in college admissions. When President George W. Bush signed the K-12 No Child Left Behind Act…

Ask Dr. Blank: Physical Skills That Lay the Foundation to Learn to Read and Write

Although they don’t receive anywhere near the attention they deserve, there are two sets of physical skills that lay the foundation to learn to read and write. One involves the visual realm and it covers the left-to-right sequencing skills that are required for scanning words and sentences. This seems so obvious that we often take it for granted. But what…

From Juneteenth to the Tulsa massacre: What isn’t taught in classrooms has a profound impact

By Daniella Silva for NBC News A Connecticut fourth grade social studies textbook falsely claimed that slaves were treated just like “family.” A Texas geography textbook referred to enslaved Africans as “workers.” In Alabama, up until the 1970s, fourth graders learned in a textbook called “Know Alabama” that slave life on a plantation was “one of the happiest ways of life.” In contrast, historians and educators…

Kept Out of the Library, a School District Tries Summer Reading by Drone

By Marie Fazio for The New York Times Last week, Deanna Robertson and her two sons stood on their front lawn in western Virginia scanning the sky for a drone they could hear humming from almost a mile away. When it finally arrived, hovering above their heads, the boys rushed forward to take what it offered: a copy of “All…

Why Kids Are Angrier Right Now, And What Parents Can Do About It

By Kate Auletta for huffpost.com There’s no doubt the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our behaviors and mental health in a variety of telling ways. Kids are clearly feeling the stress of the moment; some are becoming clingier and others are regressing in various behaviors, from bed-wetting to sleep struggles. One of the more disturbing and frustrating behavioral changes might also be anger. Some kids might have been…

Kids in Navajo Nation have limited Internet access. A woman sent them 1,500 books.

Native Americans who live in the Navajo Nation along the remote borders of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico often have a lack of running water, limited Internet access, and now soaring cases of covid-19. Elementary schoolchildren have been unable to attend school or take classes online, so a Florida woman has stepped up to help ease the impact of months with no…