Michigan teacher opinions

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Opinion | A Valentine’s Day in which children actually come last

March 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler

Our lack of concern for children begins far earlier than their exposure to gunfire by intruders with assault weapons.

Opinion: Clueless Betsy DeVos has defender-in-chief in Bill Schuette

March 29, 2018 | Paula Herbart

Michigan’s attorney general continues to defend the charter schools champion, long after the rest of Michigan realized her policies were destructive.

Opinion | Michigan Teacher of the Year: 5 ways to motivate students

April 17, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Math teacher Luke Wilcox disputes the notion that it isn’t a teacher’s job to motivate students. He offers his top strategies for motivating students to care.

Opinion | Want to improve literacy in Michigan? Restore school librarians

May 1, 2018 | Kathy Lester

As the number of school librarians dropped, so did Michigan’s literacy rank. One school librarian doesn’t think that’s a coincidence.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to invest in our kids

May 1, 2018 | Denise Smith

Early childhood is the time when a good education can make the most difference. Yet it’s where we invest the least. That needs to change.

Opinion | Don’t punish schools because Johnny can’t read. Invest in them instead.

May 10, 2018 | Nancy Flanagan

A former Michigan Teacher of the Year reminds us that we’ve long worried about how well our children read, but we keep ignoring the real solutions

Opinion | Take a breath: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think

June 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler

You’ve read the doom-and-gloom stories. But they fail to point out how well many Michigan students are doing.

Opinion | Take a breath: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think

June 1, 2018 | Sunil Joy

You’ve read the doom-and-gloom stories. But they fail to point out how well many Michigan students are doing.

Opinion | Michigan reform bills will hurt teacher education programs

June 1, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson understands the desire to try things to improve Michigan schools. But he believes a package of bills addressing teacher education do more harm than good.

Opinion | Demand that candidates explain their plan for Michigan schools

June 12, 2018 | Jack Smith

Don’t let politicians get away with generic statements about improving schools, says MSU professor Jack Smith.

Michigan’s top teacher on Betsy DeVos, school shootings and testing

June 13, 2018 | Ron French

Luke Wilcox isn’t shy about sharing his opinions, with Bridge Magazine or the U.S. Secretary of Education

What Michigan schools can learn from craft beer

June 13, 2018 | Ron French

To turn around Michigan schools, stop trying to produce Budweiser, and brew more Oberon. That’s the TED Talk message (without the actual alcohol) of Michigan’s Teacher of the Year.

Opinion | No mystery why Michigan professionals don’t go into education

June 20, 2018 | Ken Winter

Little pay and no respect aren’t good selling points for professionals who could teach college courses, exposing students to the real world.

Opinion | Charter schools have done more harm than good in Michigan.

July 26, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

An MSU education professor bemoans the influence of charter school operators in Michigan. The direction of public education is a battle worth having.  

Opinion | Michigan is in the midst of a literacy crisis

July 31, 2018 | Tamara Bashore-Berg

Our children can’t succeed if they can’t read. It’s time we do something about it.