Sran: Schools Are Missing the Mark in Civic Education

Are America’s schools failing or succeeding? To answer this question, we first have to decide what is the most important thing schools do. Usually, we evaluate schools using standardized test scores, including tests that are state-level (SOL), national (NAEP), international (TIMSS), or for college admissions (SAT or ACT). But this only makes sense if the most important thing schools do is to produce high scores in English and math. Similarly, while preparing students for college or for employment are important goals, neither is the most important.

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Sran: What Does The Vandalism of the Ashburn Colored School Teach Us?

For over 18 months, students, teachers, and parents at Loudoun School for the Gifted have been working, with the community’s support, to restore a small, forgotten building in the heart of Ashburn. Though it looked like nothing more than a neglected storage shed, this is the oldest school in Ashburn, serving African American children from 1892 to 1959.

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