Play, Active Learning and the Common Core

In a recent Washington Post article, Dr. Deborah Kenny, founder and chief executive of Harlem Village Academies, explores the perceived conflict between achieving the curricular standards specified in the controversial Common Core, and the active learning approach promoted by Waldorf Education and other educational approaches. Her conclusion is that the two goals do not at…

Standardized test score gains ≠ cognitive gains

A new study shows that students who achieve the highest gains on standardized tests do not show improvements in their cognitive skills. The research was conducted by groups at MIT, Harvard, and Brown, and funded by the NIH and the Gates Foundation. It examined about 1,400 eighth graders, from Boston’s public and charter schools. The…