October 19, 1994

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The nation's changing economy and social fabric demand greater cooperation and coordination between schools and colleges, argues a report released last week by the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Students at the most competitive colleges and universities receive less financial aid based on merit than those at less selective schools, according to a new report from the Consortium for Policy Research.
Experienced teachers who think they know a lot about teaching should be required to substitute for a day or two in an unfamiliar school to remind themselves of the bare bones of teaching--the classroom, the curriculum, the teacher, the students.
How do you improve education? There are two obvious answers to that question: Control teachers more effectively, or find ways to enhance teachers' professionalism, creativity, and autonomy.
When I started out as a French teacher in the late 1960's, my department head gave me three commands: "Never talk to a student before class. Be sure the books have covers. Look for gum."
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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