Commentary Collections

The Role of the K-12 Parent

This Commentary package offers different perspectives on the changing nature of parent empowerment and the role that family engagement can play in student achievement. (November 2013)

Commentaries on Teacher Preparation

Commentary considers teacher education and the best ways to prepare new educators for the classroom. (June 2013)

A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later

This special collection, and a new blog that accompanies it, examines the legacy of the landmark report. (April 2013)
Common-Core Commentaries

Common-Core Commentaries

Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards have provoked opinions and ideas from thought leaders, policymakers, and the educators who have to implement them. Browse their perspectives in this collection. (June 11, 2009-Present)

The Federal Role in Education

What lessons have been learned from the past half-century of federal involvement in education? Chester E. Finn Jr., Charles Barone, and Marshall S. Smith, among others, consider this question and others in this collection of five essays adapted for Education Week from the book Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit (Harvard Education Press, 2011). (May 4, 2012)
Education and the Whole Child
—Illustration by Steve Braden

Education and the Whole Child

Many advocates for children argue that schools need to do more than focus on academics solely—that they must address the "whole child." These Commentaries offer perspectives on what educating the whole child means in reality, why some feel it's more important now than ever before, and how schools and other organizations are working together to meet students' needs outside the classroom. (December 2011-Present)
NCLB Turns 10
—Ron Edmonds/AP-File

NCLB Turns 10

To reflect on the anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Week Commentary editors asked K-12 education leaders, politicians, teachers, and child advocates for their thoughts. Read what Linda Darling-Hammond, Kaya Henderson, and Paul G. Vallas, among others, have to say. This package also includes links to Education Week's coverage over the decade, readers' comments, and a glossary of selected NCLB terms. (January 5, 2012)
K-12 Innovation
—Illustration by Bob Dahm

K-12 Innovation

What can schools learn from video games? Do ideas always have to be “big” to solve education problems, or can schools benefit from an evolving slate of smaller, more focused changes? Could some schools leap into new digital advances while others proceed more cautiously, without harming students? Ken Kay, Ted Kolderie, Michael Levine, and others weigh in on these ideas and more in this collection of Commentaries on innovation and learning. (November 8, 2011)

The Futures of School Reform

Education Week ran a seven-part series of Commentary essays expressing visions of members of the "Futures of School Reform," a working group organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The series was accompanied by a blog, written by the group. (March - May 2011)
Perspectives on TFA in Its 20th Year
—Christopher Powers/Education Week-File

Perspectives on TFA in Its 20th Year

In its two decades, Teach For America has dispatched more than 20,000 young teachers to work in some of America’s poorest schools and communities. To mark TFA’s 20th-anniversary year, 2010-11, Education Week's Commentary editors sought out a variety of perspectives on Teach For America and its effects on teachers, students, and schools. (March 14, 2011)

The Future of Teaching

Karen Hawley Miles, Barnett Berry, and others explore how to strengthen the teaching profession as a whole through new learning opportunities and better evaluation systems. The authors also consider what teaching will look like in years to come and the importance of listening to the rising numbers of new teachers. The “future of teaching” is still being mapped out; read what leaders think is ahead. (January 18, 2011)

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