Mastery Should Measure Success

By Charleen Earley I still have my graded essay I wrote 38 years ago – not because of the letter grade I received on that paper – but because that grade was my final grade for the class. The grade was an A and it represented my progression, not my overall, points-tallied performance for the class, which would have been a C-minus. It was a course I took at Merritt College, located in the hills of Oakland, California. I was 16 years old at the time, but let me back…

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Pass or Fail Our Education System

By Walter Ruehlig In 50 years of teaching, I habitually have been asked, “Are today’s kids smarter or dumber than previous generations?” It’s a complex question. We’ll start by acknowledging that our current national angst over issues like global competitiveness is nothing new under the sun. In the 1980s, the mantra was “Why can’t Johnny read?” In 2001, we ushered in No Child Left Behind to address the achievement gap. Today we champion Common Core as the hopeful silver bullet. Let’s examine the data. NATIVE INTELLIGENCE We begin with a…

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