Race to Nowhere Blog

  • Posted: Jun 17, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    We had the opportunity to speak yesterday with the NJ student who wrote this piece when she was in 7th grade. Great timing given the piece in the NY Times yesterday addressing homework.
  • Posted: Jun 15, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    "A wave of districts across the nation are trying to remake homework amid concerns that high-stakes testing and competition for college have fueled a nightly grind that is stressing out children and depriving them of play and rest, yet doing little to raise achievement, particularly in elementary gr...
  • Posted: Jun 10, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    From Education Week.  Michael Walsh, director of admissions at James Madison University, says that "Officers take into account that some small high schools don't offer AP classes. JMU then also considers test scores, essays, references, and activities."  Walsh adds that the holistic approa...
  • Posted: Jun 10, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Amy Brenneman leads discussion following screening of Race to Nowhere at Chimes School in LA. From professor at Cal State Northridge "We're very concerned about teaching to the test . . . research tells us that if we taught to every single standard we are supposed to teach to it would take us twenty...
  • Posted: Jun 6, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 18.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Arial} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #144fae} Who is America's most influential educator? Some would probably name Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and cynics might suggest Bill Gates, because of his foundatio...
  • Posted: Jun 4, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    "Here’s a simple solution to the problem of too-young children in kindergarten: Restore kindergarten to what it was before we went off the rails in this country, sucking the joy and life out of learning and school by viewing education solely through the narrow lens of tests, tests and more tests."
  • Posted: Jun 1, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Board members in the Galloway Township Public School District (NJ) will consider aboloshing weekend homework while parents in Maplewood, NJ are organizing a movement to abolish homework altogether.  Do you support putting the issue of homework on the national policy agenda? Join us in taking th...
  • Posted: May 22, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
          “Most high school students are chronically tired. They juggle school, sports, homework, chores, friends and family. To meet all of these demands, surveys show, high schoolers usually stay up close to midnight on school nights. And then they have to get up early the nex...
  • Posted: May 22, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
      A clinical psychologist described "Harvard or Walmart Syndrome," the fear parents, teachers and young people have that they must either succeed extravagantly (get into Harvard) or they will spend their lives in misery (working for Walmart). He shared his article here.
  • Posted: May 21, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Challenging Jay’s Challenge Index - There he goes again. (Sigh.) My colleague Jay Mathews, the unrivaled dean of education writers, has just produced his 2011 High School Challenge list. (Double sigh.) We are being treated to a national ranking of public high schools, and, as he has done since he st...
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