Teaching and Learning

EdNext Podcast: Religious Liberty and Education

Two editors of the new book Religious Liberty and Education: A case study of Yeshivas vs. New York, joined Education Next editor in chief Martin West to discuss the book. The guests were the director of policy for EdChoice, Jason Bedrick, and a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, Jay P. Greene.

In the Fall 2019 issue of Education Next, Menachem Wecker wrote about the situation in an article headlined “New York State Cracks Down on Jewish Schools.”

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What Schools Can Do To Make Up For COVID-19 Learning Loss

There’s a lot of pressure on teachers to make up for COVID-19 learning loss and “stop the slide.” We know that students experienced unfinished learning. We understand that the long term effects on students’ academics could be challenging. But we also know that teachers are working harder than ever, trying to make the best of an extremely challenging situation. So we have to ask the question, what if we focus on what we can do rather than what was lost? To answer this question, we talked with our friends at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who are working with districts all

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Combination of Limited College Admission Testing and “Test-Optional” Policies Set off a Scramble

After May and June test dates were canceled because of the pandemic, the College Board’s first SAT administration since March took place at the end of August. Originally the test was to be offered to 402,000 students; as of August 18th, 178,600 of them were unable to test. Pent up demand from missed test opportunities (ACT also canceled its April test), on top of the fact that many testing sites have canceled their August administration, has created a chaotic testing environment. Excess demand for college admission testing combined with opaque test-optional policies benefits no one and may actively harm

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How Students Can do Hands-On Science at Home Safely

For science teachers, one of the biggest challenges right now is planning lessons that engage students in blended and remote learning environments. When we consider hands on science, it begs the question: How do we make it safe for students to do science experiments at home? 

First thing, of course, is to use only every-day household items, not dangerous chemicals. We looked to experienced science teachers for the following lab safety tips and advice to ensure science experiments are safe, equitable, and fun, whether your students are learning at school or home.

Use materials that are safe for and accessible

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