• Are you surprised that poor sleep habits and ADHD are linked?

    Education Week ran an interesting article this week, linking children's sleep habits and problems to ADHD. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/09/20/childrens-sleep-problems-linked-to-attention-disorders.html Interesting. But surprising? I'm guessing that it's not to teachers and parents and even grandparents! We know about the importance of regular sleep habits, especially for children. Relating it to the incidence of ADHD (or perhaps other impairments as well) is the next logical [...]
  • AP classes–who benefits? the College Board or the students? Great NYTimes article.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/magazine/who-benefits-from-the-expansion-of-ap-classes.html?em_pos=medium&ref=headline&nl_art=1&te=1&nl=magazine&emc=edit_ma_20170910 Fascinating stuff--more students are "encouraged" or pushed to take AP courses and tests. The AP, you may recall was originally designed for advanced students. No more.Now, many more students take the classes and few get "passing scores" of 3,4, or 5--that provide them with college credit. There are some anecdotal [...]
  • JoanneJacobs.com blogs, What if everyone gets extra time on SAT?

    http://www.joannejacobs.com/2017/08/what-if-everyone-gets-extra-time-on-sat/#comments Thanks for the blog and the interesting comments following it. I would simply add: 1. The issue I presented involves the WHAT before the WHO. The College Board (and the ACT) need to clarify once and for all what the role of timing is in the SAT and the ACT. That is, are these tests of speed and efficiency, or other attributes related to timing, or is timing merely done for administrative [...]
  • Most recommended!

    How great is that. "Have SAT accommodations gone too far?" is the MOST RECOMMENDED piece in today's Education Week. It has garnered 13 comments! Thank you all. Check it out and keep reading, sharing, writing. Thanks so much. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/25/have-sat-accommodations-gone-too-far.html#comments The comments are fascinating. I wrote the piece because I'm concerned that we are losing the purpose of the test. Why do we have an SAT? What is the WHAT of the SAT: [...]
  • Read my Ed Week Commentary about SAT accommodations…. and validity!

    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/25/have-sat-accommodations-gone-too-far.html I hope it gets us talking about validity... the WHAT before the WHO. More to come!
  • Have we gotten special education all wrong? Great article by Marc Tucker

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/have-we-got-special-education-all-wrong_us_5991daf5e4b0ed1f464c0cde I invite you to read this piece. It's excellent--and tracks several ideas and proposals in my book. Marc Tucker comes at the issue from a data perspective and international comparisons. He asks if we are really helping kids learn or just labeling them with a disability and setting up systems that, sadly, don't get the job done. He's the executive director of NCEE and a blogger at [...]
  • Fixing California’s special education funding?

    https://edsource.org/2017/parents-strongly-object-to-report-calling-for-local-funding-of-special-education/579265 Here's an interesting story--of attempts at reform. I've made a comment, as you can see. It's all become so complex--and we can't lose sight of the need to serve all students and to finally target the system that requires parents to be enforcers of the law. Your thoughts?
  • Today’s book interview has just been published on Educationviews.org.Check it out!

    http://www.educationviews.org/miriam-kurtzig-freedman-special-education-2-0/ I hope you'll have a chance to check it out. All the best, Miriam
  • Depersonalized learning? Is that what’s coming? Eek! Or is learning like processed food?

    https://edexcellence.net/articles/dont-let-personalized-learning-become-the-processed-food-of-education Here's an excellent piece by my friend, Mike Petrilli. He's right to be concerned. It's been picked up by Diane Ravitch's blog. I urge you to read both. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15c88039d0270b23?compose=15c87da9a56933d0 I agree with the concerns expressed by both Mike and Diane. To which I’d like to add the following. My question is about the motives we have and [...]
  • Check out Dr. Doug Green’s detailed and positive review.

    If you want to know more about my new book, Special Education 2.0, here is Dr. Green's very detailed review. It helps his readers decide whether they want to go out and get the book. http://www.drdouggreen.com/2017/special-education-2-0-breaking-taboos-to-build-a-new-education-law-by-miriam-kurtzig-freedman It's great to see Dr. Green's positive review. I appreciate it very much, especially as he was a school principal for many years and knows what is happening in schools and where [...]