Education

American Center for Transforming Education

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money printing process concept illustration
money printing process concept illustration

More Money Can’t Solve the K-12 Education Crisis

Money can’t buy happiness. Nor can pumping excessive money into our K-12 public education system buy student achievement. But people will still try, and when it doesn’t produce the desired outcome, they will try again, setting the threshold of required money higher than before. And, so the insane cycle repeats itself — again and again and again. Read More ›
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american football players are ready to start
american football players are ready to start

If Students Are on Field They Can Be Back in Class

A return to full-time in-person classroom learning has been deemed unsafe for middle and high school students by teacher unions throughout Washington State while contact sports, for these same students and their coaches, have resumed. Read More ›
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Industrial robotic loading carton
Industrial robotic loading carton

K-12 Schools are Not Preparing Students for the Workforce

The U.S. is on a perilous path, with global leadership in jeopardy by continuing to inadequately prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed for success in the increasingly competitive future workforce. Without a change of course, the current K-12 education crisis will result in a diminished quality of life for American society as a whole. Read More ›
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Portrait of teenage African-American boy doing homework or studying at home while sitting at desk with father helping him
Portrait of teenage African-American boy doing homework or studying at home while sitting at desk with father helping him

Homeschool Explosion

In years past, homeschool families were the target of jokes. This year, however, they became the envy of traditional school families, who watched them seamlessly cruise through the COVID-19 pandemic with little disruption to their family schedule or student learning. Read More ›
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Two cute little girls sitting on a wooden platform by the river or lake dipping their feet in the water on warm summer day
Two cute little girls sitting on a wooden platform by the river or lake dipping their feet in the water on warm summer day

Summer is Essential

Historically, summer has been seen as essential to give students a needed break from school for extended family time and outdoor fun. However, we need to think about this summer differently. Read More ›
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Chemistry themed club. Interests and topic club. Group interaction and communication. Share interests hobbies talents and skills. School club education. Teacher and pupils test tubes in classroom

K-12 Redesign: Achievement Instead of Time

The U.S. K-12 education system is based on time, not student achievement. Too many students exit the system logging the required time but not meeting learning proficiencies. A redesign that promotes students based on their competency, not the school calendar, is urgently needed. Read More ›
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Back to school concept
Back to school concept

K-12 Redesign: School Calendar

The United States continues to place subpar among developed nations for K-12 student performance. Not surprisingly, U.S. students receive fewer education hours over the course of a year than those they lag behind. A revamping of the K-12 school calendar is in order. Read More ›
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Boy and girl studies at home, wear protective masks, and doing school homework. Distance learning online education.
Boy and girl studies at home, wear protective masks, and doing school homework. Distance learning online education.

A Win For Private Schools

Democratic politicians and teacher union leaders are joined at the hip. For example, the National Education Association spent $23 million during the 2020 election cycle, with 99% allocated to Democratic candidates. Similarly, 98.6% of the American Federation of Teachers’ nearly $10.7 million in political contributions went to Democrats. In turn, teacher unions can expect unwavering Democratic support for their union agendas. Read More ›
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Washington State Capitol Building
Washington State Capitol Building

Washington’s Students are Losing in this Power Struggle

Governor Inslee and Superintendent Reykdal, responsible for K-12 public education throughout Washington State, are personally experiencing the business side of the monster they’ve until now tried to appease — the Washington Education Association (WEA). Read More ›
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Smart professor ansqwering question of one of his students by blackboard
Smart professor ansqwering question of one of his students by blackboard

A Fix to Teacher Shortages: The K-12 Adjunct Teacher

There’s been talk for years of a teacher shortage. This problem could become acute in the aftermath of the pandemic. Can school budgets absorb declining enrollment even while payroll costs creep up? What will happen to technical subjects and special education with fewer certified teachers? Read More ›