April 4, 2014 | Washington Post

Washington Post: Opting out of standardized tests? Wrong answer

No, tests are not fun — but they’re necessary. Stepping on the bathroom scale can be nerve-racking, but it tells us if that exercise routine is working. Going to the dentist for a checkup every six months might be unpleasant, but it lets us know if there are cavities to address.

April 3, 2014 | Forbes

Is The U.S. Education System Bad For Business?

If America’s future success in the increasingly global economy will be determined by our children – and specifically by the way we educate our kids to compete in that economy – then Amanda Ripley’s thought-provoking book, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, raises cause for concern.