USC, UCLA tie for 23rd in national ranking

Ranked No. 23, USC and crosstown rival UCLA tied on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report National University Rankings released Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Both schools increased one spot higher from last year, sharing the ranking with Carnegie Mellon, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University. Last year, both Los Angeles schools shared the […]

Education is essential to prison reform

In 1989, five 14-to 15-year-old boys, four black and one Hispanic, were convicted of a crime they did not commit. They spent between five and  11 years in juvenile delinquent centers and prisons in New York. Though the boys were victims of institutional racism and a flawed justice system that robbed them of a significant […]

New measures demand attention

Last week voters across the country approved measures that will change the face of American education. In California, Proposition 30 passed, allowing for a tax increase on the wealthiest Californians to fund K-12 schools as well as state colleges and universities. In Washington and Georgia, voters passed a law to allow charter schools to operate, […]

Teacher evaluations need improvement

Poor teaching plagues bright futures. Evaluating the performance of teachers has become essential to improving school systems across the nation; however, student scores on standardized tests should never be taken as the measure of an educator’s worth. With the rise of new test score-based models such as Los Angeles Unified School District’s “Academic Growth Over […]

France’s homework ban is unjustified

Elementary students’ dreams came true last month when French President Francois Hollande promised to ban homework in all of the country’s public schools. The announcement was just one part of the newly elected president’s robust educational plan, which attempts to prioritize learning and equalize students’ abilities to succeed. In addition to eliminating take-home assignments, Hollande […]