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Top Education Opinion Essays of 2018: Education Week's Most Viewed

Every day, Education Week and our opinion bloggers publish essays from educators, researchers, and experts on pressing education issues. To give a sense of which of these pieces our readers found most compelling in 2018, the editors at Education Week compiled this list of the 10 most-viewed. They are ordered by the number of online visits they generated. Revisit these essays and examine perspectives you may have missed in 2018.

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Student Well-Being Opinion Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It
Superintendent Michael J. Hynes provides insights on how his district is responding to the decline of free play and recess.
Michael J. Hynes, E.D., August 1, 2018
4 min read
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Why Doesn't Every Teacher Know the Research on Reading Instruction?
Literacy expert Susan Pimentel shares three evidence-based practices for how educators can boost reading proficiency.
Susan Pimentel, October 26, 2018
5 min read
Teaching Opinion We Learn by Doing: What Educators Get Wrong About Bloom's Taxonomy
If students can't use what they've learned, they won't remember it for long, writes former teacher Ron Berger.
Ron Berger, September 25, 2018
5 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Secret to Student Engagement
How can schools encourage deeper learning? Chip and Dan Heath, bestselling authors and the researchers behind "peak moments," explain.
Chip Heath & Dan Heath, January 10, 2018
6 min read
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Assessment Opinion No, Students Don't Need Grades
It’s time to reimagine a classroom where students are driven by curiosity rather than a score, writes educator and author Mark Barnes.
Mark Barnes, January 10, 2018
6 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Teachers Are at a Breaking Point. And It's Not Just About Pay
It’s not just low wages that put a financial strain on teachers, write two Rutgers researchers. Rising health insurance costs take a toll too.
Rebecca Kolins Givan & Pamela Whitefield, April 16, 2018
2 min read
Education Opinion 8 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2018
Education seems to lose the spotlight to presidential Tweets that aren't very presidential. However, there are eight critical issues that all educators, and those who value education, need to know about.
Peter DeWitt, February 15, 2018
7 min read
Teaching Opinion No, Fortnite Isn't Rotting Kids' Brains. It May Even Be Good for Them
The popular video game holds promise, but that doesn’t mean adults should ignore what kids are doing online, write two researchers.
Kurt Dean Squire & Matthew Gaydos, August 8, 2018
4 min read
Education Opinion Here's What's Wrong With Bloom's Taxonomy: A Deeper Learning Perspective
The classic representation of learning does not accurately reflect how students build understanding, says Ron Berger of EL Education.
Contributing Blogger, March 14, 2018
6 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion Betsy DeVos: How We Can Catch Up to Other Countries in Education
Following a trip to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reflects on how we should restructure education at home.
Betsy DeVos, June 28, 2018
5 min read