Toward a Holistic Approach to Education

Despite continued pessimism about the state of American public education, there is reason for hope. Why? Within the past year or so, there appears to be a small but noticeable shift in public discourse towards exploring non-school factors in reform. Generally, the past three decades have brought on a “no excuses” accountability movement, epitomized by […]

Conservatives: What Happened to Personal Responsibility?

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times highlighted the woeful state of children’s health and fitness: about 1 in 3 California students passed the physical fitness test in 2010. Specifically, 28.7% of students in grade five, 34.6% in grade seven, and 38.5% in grade nine were rated as “fit,” or to use accountability parlance, […]

Creating A Culture of Education (Part 2): Teacher or Parent Accountability?

Public discussion of education overwhelmingly focuses on teachers, but the problem is that this perspective neglects a more important factor, that of the role of parents and the family. So why are all reform policies aimed squarely at schools and teachers? The broader picture is being missed.