No Child Left Behind: Test scores are a bullshit way to truly measure all kids' learning. If you teach kids, you know this. However, this is 2009, people. We do need to know WTF our kids are expected to be learning in our public schools and how well we're doing at it as a nation. That's basic accountability and it needs to happen if we're tryin' to run a halfway decent democracy here. These are our tax dollars. So teachers and administrators need to work heavily with policy makers to craft smart legislation that can give us research based ways of looking at this stuff. It's out there; we just need people to do the heavy lifting and rework the legislation to reflect best practices. Congresswoman? Senator? Who wants the ball?
Brain-based Learning: One of the most exciting things happening in education. We need innovative neuroscience and we need large scale, replicable studies and cumulative data. We also need a prime time TV show to figure out a cool way to teach us about new developments in neuroscience because this is really fascinating stuff, and needs to be explained in laymen's terms. If we understand how our brains work we can teach and learn so much more efficiently. I usually prefer to make fun of science nerds (*ahem* my husband and more than one of my sisters), but I guess this is my own little kingdom of science nerddom. Neuroscience. See, doesn't it even make me sound smarter?