Education

American Center for Transforming Education

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The Source of the Problem

Racism and police brutality are one source of the problems we are facing today, but those problems have been exacerbated by government’s failure to demand excellence in the performance of their employees and their leadership. Read More ›
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Schoolboy stands in front of the school door. Back to school.
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Children Need Education — Re-Open Now

Just last month the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that 21 percent of students enrolled in Clark County schools had no contact with the district after schools were shutdown. We cannot expect students to come back with the knowledge required to be successfully in today’s world. Read More ›
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Preparing to Reopen Schools

The American Enterprise Institute just released its Blueprint for Back to School report. The blueprint provides crucial insights that can guide policymakers, education and community leaders, and federal officials in their planning to reopen schools. We at ACTE recommend taking it further. Read More ›
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Five Ways COVID-19 Is Changing Education for Good

Recently, a Harvard prof chose to launch an attack on homeschoolers, portraying them as driven by narrow religious concerns. Given how many parents COVID-19 has forced to homeschool, the attack was, at best, poorly timed. But it usefully focused attention on the ways education needs to change in an online world. Read More ›
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family mother father and children watching projector, TV, movies with popcorn in the evening at home

Here’s How to Use Precious Family Time, Wisely

Despite their sometimes nonchalant attitudes as they try to act cool, children do care what their parents think. They appreciate it when parents lovingly take time to explain important lessons and to encourage questioning. This social distancing period may be the opposite of what you and your family want, but using the time and opportunities now could bear fruit for years to come. Read More ›
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Rural Minnesota road with dramatic clouds at sundown

Online School and the Possible Rural Fallout

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, schools are heading online to stay productive. But rural communities with meager broadband Internet access are stuck in digital wastelands with no clear path out. Read More ›
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Sad girl pupil trying to solve an example. Schoolgirl stands with her forehead on the blackboard.

We Are Failing Our Children

n 1983, the famous report, “A Nation at Risk” concluded that our country was failing to effectively educate our children. The authors were so critical of our schools that the preamble of the report summarized their findings by saying that; “if an unfriendly foreign power had imposed our schools upon us, we would have considered it an act of war.” That was 1983. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush held an education summit, called “Goals 2000.” Bill Clinton was the chair of that summit. After days of deliberation, another report was issued stating that, “by 2000, all children will enter school ready to learn and 90% of our children will graduate from high school.” Many other goals were listed, none of which were achieved. In 2001, President George W. Bush and Congress passed a bill called the, “No Child Left Behind Act.” This legislation was designed improve accountability and to help schools meet the needs of every student. It failed to make any meaningful difference in student performance. Read More ›