Feuer Consideration

150 Years of Working for Educational Justice: The U.S. Experience

by Dr. Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University

From April 5-9, 2017, GSEHD hosted 95 international Fulbright graduate students at GW for a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar entitled "Overcoming Barriers to Quality Education in the 21st Century." This is a slightly edited version of the keynote address which I presented to them on the first day of the seminar.

Betsy DeVos Had a Rough Start. But 6 Steps Can Make Her Tenure Bearable

My response to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education can be found in The Hill: Betsy DeVos had a rough start. But 6 steps can make her tenure bearable.

--Dr. Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University

2/13/2017

The Politics of Charity

by Dr. Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University
 
My op ed The Politics of Charity can be found on the Huffington Post.

10/23/2016

Weather Opportunity

by Dr. Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University

Fall Semester Reflections

by Dr. Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University

Now that the balmy days of early winter have temporarily (we hope? think?) faded into the chilly winds of January, it is nice to contemplate the new semester (and rejoice that it’s only 8 weeks until spring training!). It’s a good time to reflect on the developments in the world of education that were part of the context for our fall semester that just ended.

Polling Alone

Recent findings from the well-regarded Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll elicited snappy interpretations and familiar laments about the public’s lack of confidence in public schools and dissatisfaction with teachers. But before we rush to yet more negative judgments about the condition of American education, we need to remember that while the results of opinion surveys in general are often tantalizing, it’s not always clear what to make of them.

Evaluating Teaching: The Promise and the Pitfalls

The past few weeks have brought several more reminders of why it’s critical to develop fair and defensible ways to evaluate teachers—and the programs that prepare them. The first was a ruling by a California superior court judge in the Vergara case that the state’s teacher tenure system discriminates against minority and low-income students.

Some Thoughts After Commencement

Friends and family have asked me how our commencement went. My short answer (OK, maybe not so short…) is that it was a glorious day on the National Mall—sunny, temperate, filled with moments reaffirming the cultural, linguistic, racial, and religious mosaic of our education system generally and GW specifically. Asked for details, I offer these vignettes:

PISA: The Morning After

Yesterday was PISA Day, an opportunity for concerned educators and citizens to think about the latest round of results from this important international comparative assessment.

Remembering JFK

On the bulletin board above my desk at home I have a faded photograph taken in 1960. It’s me on my dad’s shoulders, welcoming John F. Kennedy to a campaign stop in Queens, holding a sign that says “Kennedy is the remedy.” My dad’s lovely wit, an abridged version of the rush of emotion so many people were feeling about the young Kennedy. Sure, he made mistakes, and in retrospect did things that today would likely have gotten him in big trouble.

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