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Opinion | Whitmer’s school reopening plan puts student, teacher safety first

Opinion | Whitmer’s school reopening plan puts student, teacher safety first

July 12, 2020 | David Hecker

The state’s roadmap for school reopening during the pandemic allows flexibility for communities to make their own decisions, while requiring safety protocols meant to help stem the spread of COVID-19, says AFT teacher union president David Hecker.

Opinion | ‘The beatings will continue until you learn to read’

Opinion | ‘The beatings will continue until you learn to read’

July 1, 2020 | Gretchen Dziadosz

With a pause in school testing, now is the perfect time for Michigan to rethink its punitive third-grade reading law.

Opinion | Don’t send me back to school in Michigan coronavirus outbreak

Opinion | Don’t send me back to school in Michigan coronavirus outbreak

June 29, 2020 | Madeline Gupta

The writer, a rising senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, argues that students should not have to choose between education and safety during an uncertain pandemic. Staying home is the best choice. 

Opinion | Michigan's universities should take the lead to address inequities

Opinion | Michigan's universities should take the lead to address inequities

June 18, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

One way to end discrimination and racism is to overcome fear and ignorance through direct engagement and understanding.

Opinion | Many colleges have waived ACT, SAT tests amid pandemic. Why hasn't U-M?

Opinion | Many colleges have waived ACT, SAT tests amid pandemic. Why hasn't U-M?

June 11, 2020 | Eva McGregor Dodds

Requiring tests score for the fall 2020 application cycle creates an inequitable admission barrier that most negatively impacts urban and rural students amid a pandemic, the author writes.

Opinion | Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

Opinion | Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

June 3, 2020 | Michael Rice

The state's school superintendent urges Michiganders to lobby Congress directly for funding that preserves educational services.

Opinion | How Michigan universities are collaborating to continue K-12 learning

Opinion | How Michigan universities are collaborating to continue K-12 learning

May 16, 2020 | Robert Floden, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Anita G. Welch

Educators and researchers at the Michigan State University College of Education, the University of Michigan School of Education and the Wayne State University College of Education are redoubling our efforts to assist school districts, parents and children deal with the challenges posed during a global coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion | Coronavirus is opportunity for case study on business survival

Opinion | Coronavirus is opportunity for case study on business survival

May 4, 2020 | John Moore

Our future business leaders will emerge more flexible and adept if they examine what it’s like to ride through a crisis.

Opinion | Why instructing online is an inadequate way of teaching

Opinion | Why instructing online is an inadequate way of teaching

May 2, 2020 | Paul Ruth

The rigor is still there, the assignments are still there, the reaching out and motivation are still there, but the human component is lacking in some of the crucial moments as a teacher.

Opinion | High school seniors: College is still possible. We've got your back.

Opinion | High school seniors: College is still possible. We've got your back.

May 1, 2020 | Ashley Johnson

An open letter to Detroit seniors: Even in the midst of COVID-19, we believe in a #CollegeBoundDetroit. 

Opinion | Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

Opinion | Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

April 17, 2020 | Beth DeShone

Now’s the time — this spring and summer — to explore, to develop, and to deploy a new way of doing things in Michigan schools: a switch to mastery-based learning, a new concept for a lot of us.

Opinion | Quality distance learning, including summers, essential for students

Opinion | Quality distance learning, including summers, essential for students

April 13, 2020 | Amber Arellano, Alice G. Thompson

We need to address the discrepancies in equitable funding that lead to less opportunity and fewer supports for students with the greatest need. To get there, the authors suggest  three important steps.

Opinion | Michigan's public universities serving public mission during crisis

Opinion | Michigan's public universities serving public mission during crisis

April 11, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

The men and women on the front lines — the physicians, nurses and pharmacists battling COVID-19 statewide — are often products of Michigan’s public universities.

Opinion | Keeping Michigan schools closed is a devastating, necessary move

Opinion | Keeping Michigan schools closed is a devastating, necessary move

April 7, 2020 | Eve Kaltz, Russ Pickell

Medical experts have made it clear that putting children back into crowded classrooms and hallways puts them at risk, two Michigan superintendents write.

Opinion | Schools' responsibility to students doesn't change during pandemic

Opinion | Schools' responsibility to students doesn't change during pandemic

March 31, 2020 | Greg Talberg

Equity matters, even during COVID-19. "We should not allow this health crisis to further exacerbate the achievement gap between various student groups."

Opinion | I’m a Michigan educator. Here's why online learning should 'count'

Opinion | I’m a Michigan educator. Here's why online learning should 'count'

March 23, 2020 | Carrie Roth

Online and offline, teachers are solving crises and delivering quality education amid the new coronavirus outbreak. That should count for something, this guest author writes.

Opinion | Michigan must embrace digital age now or watch its students suffer

Opinion | Michigan must embrace digital age now or watch its students suffer

March 21, 2020 | Michael Warren

Our guest author, a former member of the State Board of Education,says his recommendations from 18 years ago should be implemented to address the current educational crisis amid the coronavirus.

Opinion | This is our ‘greatest generation’ moment to sacrifice for others

Opinion | This is our ‘greatest generation’ moment to sacrifice for others

March 16, 2020 | Scott A. Menzel

"Will we take the necessary measures to ensure lives are saved, or will we be mourning the loss of loved ones because of willful disregard of all the warning signs?" this Michigan school superintendent asks in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

February 26, 2020 | Upper Peninsula school superintendents

"Flunking a student is immediately traumatic and is more likely to be experienced by those students who are categorized as poor, male and/or minority," the group of Upper Peninsula school superintendents writes.

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

February 19, 2020 | Ron French

Robert McMahan says universities must change, or companies are going to stop buying what they’re selling. Kettering graduates produce the highest return on financial investment of any Michigan university.  

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