A superhero you should meet

His “to do” list is pretty long: ensuring that Camden is a welcoming, safe environment for students, greeting kids in the morning, teaching youngsters how to raise and lower the flag, mentoring students, spending time with those who need extra attention. More…

Leaders of the SCEA Charleston Student Program meet with Lily Eskelsen Garcia

The College of Charleston Goes Back To School

Education college majors could become a force for good in our public schools even before they leave the campus. [They] are the next, and perhaps the greatest, generation of educators we may ever see. They know exactly what they’re up against and exactly what they’re fighting for. More…

International Struggles for the Whole Child (and a pretty song)

Earlier in the summer, I was asked to attend a conference in Santiago, Chile regarding a new pedagogical movement to embrace the Whole Child based on teachings of Paolo Freire. I was nervous, since my Spanish is still a work in progress – my mother is from Panama, but she never taught her children her More…

Save the plane fare to Finland. Go to Montana!

I am a fanatic for Finland, the Land of Common Sense and Good Schools that rejects Toxic Testing, privatization and de-professionalism. But it’s expensive to visit. And you need a passport. And it’s really cold. I have a suggestion. Drive to Helena, Montana. More…

Is this School Heaven? No, it’s Finland

I have been to Finland. It’s the place where teachers go after they die if they’ve been good and taught the Whole Blessed Child; if they’ve rejected the hell of Obsessive Standardized Testing. More…

Department of Education photos by Joshua Hoover

This Testing Obsession Isn’t Getting Us Anywhere

“What they’re facing is this onslaught of tests that people are just twisting in knots, trying to hit some score on a standardized test, because if you don’t have your quota of kids that hit the cut score, someone gets punished,” Lily Eskelsen García told Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, Utah.