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Top Opinion Blog Posts of 2015: Education Week's Most-Viewed

Education Week's opinion bloggers discussed and debated growth mindset, the teaching profession, school leadership, and more in the most-read posts of the year.

Top Opinion Blog Posts of 2015: Education Week's Most-Viewed

The editors of Education Week compiled a list of the 10 most-viewed opinion blog posts that drew our readers in 2015. Below, the posts are listed in order of the number of online page views they generated. Revisit these blog posts, and examine perspectives you may have missed this year.

1. Why a 'Growth Mindset' Won't Work

Peter DeWitt asks, "What if our actions in school contribute to the reason why a growth mindset has a low effect size?" (July 17, 2015) |Blog: Finding Common Ground

2. Kids Who Take Vacations in the Middle of the School Year

Should vacations only happen at times when school is not in session? Nancy Flanagan shares her thoughts. (January 1, 2015) | Blog: Teacher in a Strange Land

3. Nine Reasons Teachers Are Unwilling to Stand Up for Their Profession

"If teachers are ever going to establish themselves as fully professional, they will need to develop an authentic, very public voice and vehicles to advocate for their professional interests and control over their own work," writes Nancy Flanagan. (January 29, 2015) | Blog: Teacher in a Strange Land

4. A Teacher Calling It Quits for All the Right Reasons

Dave Powell asks: Should we be worried about the fact that so many teachers choose to leave the classroom so soon? (April 19, 2015) | Blog: The K-12 Contrarian

5. The Dark Side of Integration: What Black Kids Learn in a White School System

Veteran education writer Peter Meyer is elected to a school board in upstate New York and, just as Dr. King did in 1959, begins to question the wisdom of putting young black minds into the hands of a white school system. (February 12, 2015) | Blog: Charting My Own Course

6. 10 Classroom Ideas to Try in 2015

Now that we're back to school, what are some ways you can shake things up in the new year? Jennie Magiera offers 10 ideas to try out in the classroom, no matter how big or small your learners may be. (January 5, 2015) | Blog: Teaching Toward Tomorrow

7. 10 Reasons the U.S. Education System Is Failing

Matthew Lynch examines 10 problems that prevent the U.S. education system from regaining its former preeminence. (August 27, 2015) | Blog: Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12

8. Great School Culture: It Starts With the Principal

"Schools like mine can happen anywhere if principals begin to accept the huge role they play in setting the tone for a great culture," writes Phylis Hoffman. (August 23, 2015) | Blog: Teaching While Leading

9. Three Reasons Why Faculty Meetings Are a Waste of Time

"There are at least two areas where school leaders waste the time of teachers. The faculty meeting is one of them,” writes Peter DeWitt. “And here are three reasons why." (April 10, 2015) | Blog: Finding Common Ground

10. The 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Rick Hess unveils the 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. (January 7, 2015) | Blog: Rick Hess Straight Up

A version of this article appeared in the January 06, 2016 edition of Education Week