Chris Steinhauser: 3 tips for Gov. Brown on how to close California’s pervasive achievement gaps
An open letter to the governor of California prior to his final State of the State Address: Dear Governor Jerry Brown, Your January 25 State of the State Address coincides with the midpoint in the academic year for our local schools and students. A review of public education’s progress and challenges is warranted. Much work...
By Chris Steinhauser | January 22, 2018 1:16 pm
Commentary: How California’s new law on remedial classes can help more college students graduate
In fall 2016, one of my students dropped a well-written essay on my desk. It was the first essay of the semester, so I only asked students to write three to four pages. He wrote six. Fernando Arellano had just enrolled in Mt. San Antonio College after years serving in the National Guard. A father...
By Erin Danson | January 9, 2018 3:48 pm
Commentary: What’s a ‘good school’? The focus needs to shift to what really matters
My wife and I have two boys, ages 3 and 1. We are just a few years away from sending them to kindergarten, and like all parents, we want them to go to a “good school.” We want our children to learn and grow academically and socially so they can live rewarding and secure lives...
By Chase Stafford | December 5, 2017 4:09 pm
Commentary: Greater teacher autonomy can help fight the teacher shortage and their dissatisfaction
Teachers are at their best when teaching material they are passionate about. The current curriculums in our education system are too restrictive and hinder teachers from reaching their full potential. To bring out their passions and reach their occupational apex, teachers need the opportunity to innovate, which requires a level of curricular freedom. If we...
By Spencer Burrows | December 4, 2017 10:37 am
Williams: California, where orange is the new red and school accountability just got much harder to read
Oh, California, you paradise, you far-flung western shoal, you frontier beyond purple mountains and fruited plains, you earth-shaking technological marvel, you never-ending party — California, you’re the land of good news, where the economy booms and the culture is wildly, diversely, supremely cool. You’re the golden realm at the end of our national rainbow. Fittingly,...
By Conor Williams | November 13, 2017 2:20 pm
Commentary: Speed up the route to graduation with alternative math pathways
In my 27 years as a mathematics professor at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), I’ve taught every math course typically offered at a community college, from basic skills through calculus. I’ve also taught every type of student you can imagine. Like the courses I teach, my students run the gamut — each requiring unique...
By Scott Guth | November 8, 2017 2:58 pm