Merit Views and Opinions Regarding Education and Technology

How can we improve teacher quality? Malcolm Gladwell’s article on teachers

Malcolm Gladwell tackles the controversial issue of hiring teachers in a new New Yorker piece Most Likely to Succeed “students of a very bad teacher will learn, on average, half a year?s worth of material in one school year. The students in the class of a very good teacher will learn a year and a… Read More »


How can we close the achievement gap?

The recent article Minorities have not caught up on test scores points out that in the Rowan Salisbury School System, as in many communities across the United States, white students did better in the last year on proficiency exams than their black and Hispanic peers. Schools Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom said the results come as… Read More »


Should grammar be taught in the classroom?

The National Curriculum Board of Australia has recently proposed that traditional English and grammar lessons be reinstated in school classrooms to address a deterioration in writing skills. See the report on ABC News. The recommendation comes after complaints from universities and business that students lack the most basic knowledge. Many businesses and colleges, along with… Read More »


Secondary Reading Scores, Skills Need Improving

The Daily Herald reports that the latest Illinois state test results show a somewhat alarming trend – state reading scores for high school juniors in urban areas are dropping. In the case of the suburbs, scores are flattening. The article asks, “if there is a problem, what to do about it, especially now that we… Read More »