Test to the Teach

September 28th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor For those of you who follow my education-related posts (here is a primer), you know I’m no fan of testing in public schools as it is currently conceived and used. In my view, the cart is firmly before the horse, where the horse of quality education is being pulled by the […]


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Two-track High School a Must for Education Reform

September 13th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor There’s a whole lot of talk and even more money being bandied about these days in the name of public education reform (read public education for the poor). And some of the words that cause educators’ hearts to go “THUMP, THUMP” (some with excitement, others with trepidation) are accountability, testing, value-added, […]


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Of What Value a High School Diploma?

May 26th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor I ask this question rhetorically because there is a wealth of data demonstrating the value of a high school education in terms of higher income and greater career advancement compared to dropping out. But when I ask this question, I am also speaking specifically about the typical curriculum that high schools […]


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