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The old order changeth, yielding place to new," wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King. In no other social enterprise has the change in the "old order" been as dramatic and complete in such a short space of time as it has in the realm of ideas in public education.
It's a Sunday night and I am preparing my lessons for the week ahead. It astonishes me how much I have yet to learn about effective teaching practices, particularly with students who are not successful at school. These are the students whose faces haunt me on Sunday nights, who trip me up as I try different ways to frame questions that will get them thinking, who will not let me sink into that strange state of mind--complacency--for even a minute.
The latest rounds of public discussion about the SAT are being conducted without much attention to the test's origins or the assumptions embedded in its use.
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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