United States Education (We’re Number… 14?)

According to the 2016 Pearson rankings of the best education systems in the world, the United States ranks 14th on the list. South Korea, Japan and Singapore rank first, second, and third respectively. Compulsory education is not mandated in each of the 196 countries that exist throughout the world, and among those countries in which children … Continue reading United States Education (We’re Number… 14?)

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Special Education: On Power and Privilege

When she had an epileptic seizure during science, I thought she was faking. She was coy, but always considerate. If my frustration ever showed, I'd return from lunch to find an apple on my desk and a sticky note scribbled with crayon. It was important that I acknowledge her, and she was more than pleased … Continue reading Special Education: On Power and Privilege

Day 1, Week 2: Keep Moving Forward

Community development is important. I have no doubt that if more of us felt satisfied in our careers and with the opportunities available to us, we'd be more present in our communities, more present with our families, and more present in our lives. I have no doubt that if we were satisfied professionally, we wouldn't … Continue reading Day 1, Week 2: Keep Moving Forward

South Korea, Japan & Singapore

According to Pearson’s 2015-2016 findings, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore rank as the top three education systems in the world. Education systems are evaluated using international assessments such as PISA, PIRLS, and TIMSS. These results are paired with an assessment of literacy rates and graduation rates across each country. Among the 196 countries that exist … Continue reading South Korea, Japan & Singapore

Compulsory Education: United States & Abroad

Compulsory education delineates the number of years that children are required, by law, to attend school. Laws vary among nations, with some nations offering no compulsory requirement at all. Children can be required to attend school because of their age (and in some regions, their gender), but compulsory attendance laws may exist as well. These … Continue reading Compulsory Education: United States & Abroad

You Have to be Willing

It was an important birthday: the first she'd ever celebrated as a mother. I understood that there were, but wouldn't dare ask about, miscarriages. This birthday, this day, was painfully, overwhelming sweet. The party was small, and she made only one request: you had to sing. No choreography required, no theatrical costumes, just pure, unadulterated … Continue reading You Have to be Willing

Adult Education: Part 1, Old Dogs

Adult Education is a difficult field. It is heavily regulated and heavily scrutinized. Funding is scarce so service providers—that might collaborate—compete instead. Performance measures are often at odds with students’ learning goals, individual needs, and personal struggles. Contract requirements are as nuanced and detailed as local statutes and federal law. State regulations are revered and … Continue reading Adult Education: Part 1, Old Dogs