The Missing Piece of Education Reform

Twenty-five years ago a broad coalition of legislators, business people, education experts, and state officials put together and passed a wide-reaching education reform law. That law reflects a set of shared beliefs—basically, that a combination of increased funding, state testing tied to graduation requirements, new state curriculum frameworks, charter schools, and increased authority for superintendents and principals would lead to better schools.

Yes, Let’s Teach Fact vs. Opinion!

Yes, Let’s Teach Fact vs. Opinion!

I strongly disagree with Justin McBrayer, who writes in the New York Times that organizations like mine – the Bay State Reading Institute – should stop teaching young children (we do it in first grade) the difference between fact and opinion. We would say that “Murder is wrong” is an opinion; he worries that in doing so we are not teaching children what he calls moral “facts”.