Posts Tagged ‘education’

Ravitch: Common Core Is Bankrupting the Country

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Diane Ravitch is not a fan of the new school standards known as Common Core, and she’ll tell you why on this Sunday’s One to One show.

Ravitch, a distinguished education historian and research professor at New York University, was in Kentucky recently to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education.

The Common Core standards are goals for what K-12 students should know and be able to do in English/literacy and math at each grade level. Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt Common Core, and 43 other states have followed suit.

Ravitch won the Grawemeyer for her 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.” She is critical of the testing associated with Common Core:

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is a strong proponent of Common Core. He told the Education Writers Association in Nashville this week that states implementing the Common Core standards should “keep improving” them.

In my conversation with Ravitch, she says Common Core is bankrupting the country.

Watch One to One, Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Studying Education from an Economic Perspective

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Eugenia Toma is an economist who’s focused her research on education, exploring subjects like the attributes of teacher effectiveness, how funding impacts academic performance, the effects of charter schools on education, and more.

Bill Goodman will ask Toma how these issues play out in Kentucky on Sunday’s edition of One to One.

Toma is the Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy at the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. She says teachers generally prefer to work near where they were raised and went to school. While that dedication to one’s roots is admirable, Toma says it can be problematic if the teachers are less academically qualified themselves. That’s because research indicates it’s more likely that their students will suffer poor academic achievement, thus perpetuating a cycle of low educational outcomes.

Toma also discusses the relationship between school funding and academic performance, and the challenge of teacher dropout – those educators who leave the profession after only a few years on the job. One to One airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Extreme by Design Tonight on KET

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I want to do something I don’t think I’ve ever done before: recommend a show for you to watch tonight. And of course, it’s on KET!

Extreme by Design captures the experience of 40 students from Stanford University’s Institute of Design. These idealistic millenials design and build products that may save thousands of lives in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and other developing countries. The students believe they can and will make a difference in the world as their products take shape.

They are challenged by a new teaching concept developed at Stanford called the “design thinking” approach. John Nash, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, also teaches design thinking. I recently interviewed Nash and filmmaker Ralph King on One to One about the documentary I want you to see. Design thinking is a fascinating approach to teaching, and it’s already being used by some Kentucky high school and college students.

So watch Extreme by Design, tonight at 10 on KET. It’s an excellent documentary I think you’ll enjoy. Then check out my One to One interview about design thinking, tomorrow at 6 p.m. on KETKY, or you can watch the show online.

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