by Eric Goldstein - March 6, 2014
If you’re looking for a controversy in K-12 education, look no further than the issue of standardized testing. We loathe their high-stakes value, the anxiety they induce in our children, and the billions of dollars spent on tutors and programs to prepare for them. Yet standardized tests offer quick results and insight to guide the increasing micro-management of our children’s education. Examples of this test-prep culture cover the hallways in many DC Public and Charter Schools. Posters... Read more
by Eric Goldstein - February 5, 2014
Today marks the third annual Digital Learning Day – a nationwide campaign to highlight the use of online learning programs in K-12 education. As a former educator and current Director of an education organization that incorporates online learning, I can attest to the value added of using even a few of the phenomenally designed online learning applications now available. It’s hard not to marvel at programs that allow students to converse with climbers on Mt. Everest (an extreme but real... Read more
by Eric Goldstein - January 14, 2014
My work allows me to speak with a lot of students and teachers. When I ask high school students whether they prefer being evaluated through a test or writing a paper, most students prefer writing. When I ask these same students whether studying for a test or writing an essay builds a deeper understanding of a subject, most repeat their previous answer. Although I’ve never taken an exam in any of my jobs, writing is a staple in my career and countless other professions. So why is writing so... Read more
by Eric Goldstein - December 10, 2013
Teachers should think their subject is the most important to the education of their student – or at least that’s what my mentor teacher told me years ago. I believed her then and still do today! But how important can your subject be if it is being removed from the middle and high school curriculum around the country? Geography teachers are asking themselves this difficult question. The question is timely. Several weeks ago another International Education Week came and went. Schools that... Read more
by Eric Goldstein - November 12, 2013
A foundation of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) is having students read complex text. No one will doubt how critical this is to being college ready. But is the Common Core framework providing a narrow view of complex text? The complexity of a reading sample is determined through qualitative and quantitative formulas, in addition to the student’s task. However, debate is growing on how to satisfy the CCSS focus on “complex” text, and at the same time ensure students can read and... Read more