"These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?" Owen Hotaling, a freckled fifth grader in a sweatshirt and a bright red kn ... More >>
Former City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, with Bloomberg's union-busting blessing, is pushing her Success Academy edu-franchise into Brooklyn. The natives aren't buying.
Considering that Won't Back Down is reportedly the lowest grossing opening film in Box Office history, it sure has garnered a lot of attention both nationally and here in New York.The attention the movie's received in New York sheds light on the city's educational landscape -- where there's an int ... More >>
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy We like the idea of Touré, but as a person and concept, he's got two sides. There's the Good Touré, who writes beautifully, gave us a nice shout out once, and frolics around the Brooklyn neighborhood we both live in with ... More >>
HLA is a new kind of charter school
Bronx Success Academy 1 may not quiet its critics, but it's doing a good job making its kids shut up and pay attention
From the dailies to the multiplex, we are used to seeing stories peddled of bad teachers who don't want to be held accountable. It's a common motif, from Waiting for Superman to tales of the rubber room to the UFT's fight to keep teacher evaluations from going public. But the Daily News offe ... More >>
Friars do Quentin Tarantino to a turn; Miami's pretty hot, too
Can a multi-state effort to concoct new standardized tests prepare New York's students for college?
Geoffrey Canada's charter-based educational organization, Harlem Children's Zone, has won awards from just about everyone, including fawning portrayals on 60 Minutes, and in the recent documentary, "Waiting for Superman." All of those plaudits have generated large donations to Canda's network of sch ... More >>
After the "Race to the Top" results caused so much buzz this summer and the release of Waiting for Superman seems to have parents fuming this fall, NBC news has been the latest outlet to get on the education bandwagon, with its sprawling "Education Nation" mutli-platform line-up. NBC has already ... More >>
Nine 11 Thesaurus. Photo by Santiago Felipe.In this week's Village Voice, Andy Beta profiles Bushwick teen rap ensemble Nine 11 Thesaurus and the after-school program that produced them, Ray Cummings talks with Brooklyn noise pop band Sisters, Eavvon O'Neal on Salem and witch house, and Adam ... More >>
Davis Guggenheim ignores too many inconvenient truths in Waiting for Superman
Every year, we descend on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to separate the hype from the heavyweights at American cinema's fall classic, the New York Film Festival. This year is no different, as legendary Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman weighs in with the hits and misses of The 2010 N ... More >>