Education Consumers Foundation

“Since 2005” Reports on Educationfrom a Consumer Perspective • Was this school a good choice? • Why is my child behind? • Should my child be reading? • Is the problem my child or the school? Let Us Show You What to Look for & WhyWe show parents, taxpayers and officialshow to identify good schools &get the best from the rest. Go to slide 1 Go to slide 2 Go to slide 3 Go to slide 4 Go … Read More

Dr. J.E. Stone at ECF’s Prepared to Learn Event

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 8:30am to 11:30am Nashville Hilton Downtown Dr. John Stone, founding president of the Education Consumers Foundation, spoke on effective early childhood education at Prepared to Learn, an April 21, 2009 event hosted by the foundation in partnership with the Tennessee School Boards Association. Visitors can view his presentation through the clips below. Note that this video is provided in MPEG-4 format, which is best viewed with Apple’s QuickTime media player. This application is … Read More

PREPARED TO LEARN: How all children can reach grade level by 3rd grade

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 8:30am to 11:30am Nashville Hilton Downtown On April 21, more than 100 educators and community leaders gathered in Nashville to discuss how effective early childhood education can have a major impact on high school and postsecondary outcomes; the event was followed with a private briefing for legislators. Photos, PowerPoint presentations, and links to more information are provided below; streaming video of the morning meeting will be available in the next few days. Check … Read More

Shifting Images

Shifting Images of Developmentally Appropriate Practice as Seen Through Different Lenses (click here for full article) (Click here to download the PDF of this article) By David K. Dickinson Educational Researcher, 31(1), 2002, pp. 26-32.   Briefing Despite billions spent, preschool programs such as Headstart have produced disappointing results. A prime reason may be that the nation’s largest accreditor of preschool programs has required them to use teaching practices that impede, rather than encourage, school readiness. The National … Read More

Sample Opinion 3

Teacher Training and Texas Education Reform: A Study in Contradiction Public Education Reform in Texas, December 7, 2000, The Driskill Hotel, Austin, TX. Abstract Parents, policymakers, and taxpayers want schooling that equips students with the knowledge and skills that are vital to subsequent learning and adult success. Most professors who train teachers do not agree. They believe teachers should employ an ideal form of teaching called learner-centered instruction (LC) -an approach that works best with ideal students. The … Read More

Three-year-old’s Traits Predict Personality at Age 26

Children’s Behavioral Styles at Age 3 are Linked to Their Adult Personality Traits at Age 26 (click here for full article) (Click here to download the PDF of this article) By Avshalom Caspi, et al, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London & University of Wisconsin-Madison Journal of Personality, 71(4), 2003, p. 496-513.   Briefing Teachers and parents of a shy, clingy preschooler may hope that their child’s behavior is just a phase. But what they’re more likely to … Read More