Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis:
As sweeping reforms dramatically change what it means to be an American teacher, a steady stream of headlines, studies and op-eds assert that teachers are more dissatisfied than ever, that they are seeking to leave the profession, and feel their hands are tied by bureaucracy and policies that stress standardized testing above all. (Huffington Post)
To meet the demands of today’s innovation-driven global economy, education systems worldwide must promote deep learning in all students, argues the new report, A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Can Find Deep Learning, released in London today by the Pearson Corporation. (Education Week)
When done right, frequent testing helps people remember information longer. (The Atlantic)
Last week’s column by George Will condemning Common Core is a very bad sign for the standards’ advocates. I suspect that many Common Core backers on the political left either don’t know much about George Will or reflexively dismiss him because he’s a conservative. As a general matter, that’s a shame, but in this particular case they should pay close attention. And fast. (Education Next)
Republicans eager to attract black and Latino voters believe they have hit on an ideal magnet: school choice. (Politico)
New York
To undermine the credibility of charter school success, opponents claim that they churn through their students at a rapid clip, attracting high-performing youngsters while casting off those who cause trouble or drag down test scores. (NY Daily News)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to offer full-day preschool to every New York City 4-year-old hasn’t yet rounded the corner from election slogan to classroom reality. But it’s moving: a public-relations campaign on Friday started blitzing the city with leaflets and emails to drum up support for the tax to pay for it. (New York Times)


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