Should U.S. Panic Over Latest International Creative Problem Solving Test Scores?

The gap in problem solving test scores between U.S. and Asian countries reflects the reality that the way students operate in school often has little to do with how they operate in real life.  U.S. educators may be surprised to see that students in Asian countries scored significantly higher on creative problem-solving tests than American […]

Addressing Poverty Through Parent Education

There is strong consensus that poverty is at the root of America’s education problem — not teachers or public schools. Poverty in turn, affects a child’s learning and achievement, and subsequent opportunities in life. There needs to be a combination of solutions: one more broad-based, and one more education-focused.

Tracing the Roots of our Malaise

With a spirited public discussion on education reform by politicians, educators, and the media reaching critical mass, it is somewhat comforting to witness such a concerted effort to solve America’s education problems. Such extensive attention to reform leads to a thought-provoking question: Why are we in this mess?