HuffPo, the NY Post, & Debunking Education Myths

The Vectors Team has a few links to share with the network – two pieces focusing on our schools, as well as a worthy thought-piece. Let’s get to it!

FirstBASIS Independent Silicon Valley is profiled in a piece by nonprofit education news site EdSource, which itself was picked up by The Huffington Post.

Here are the links to the articles as they appear in each publication:

The piece is another solid explainer about the “OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA)”. It delves into the drive for high-achieving networks – like BASIS Curriculum Schools – to utilize OECD/PISA data to stay on top of the world in academic outcomes for students, while consistently improving. The article astutely highlights aspects of the BASIS Curriculum, and shines a nice light on one of the founding campuses of BASIS Independent Schools.

SecondBASIS Independent Brooklyn was recently featured in an opinion piece in the New York Post.

Naomi Riley, a freelance writer and senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, toured our school in Red Hook and penned this piece, back in January.

Of course, many of the features Riley liked at the three-year-old independent school near the Brooklyn waterfront are features of the BASIS Curriculum itself.

And – a side note about our presence in New York City: our second New York City school, the K-8 BASIS Independent Manhattan, is set to open this coming fall, 2017 – and has several seats available on its Upper West Side campus!

Here is the link to the Post piece.

Third, and finally – the Vectors Team has a ‘food for thought’ piece we liked and thought we’d share. The title is strikingly simple – “Debunking education myths” – and it might at first seem odd that it’s from a publication in Australia, called Teacher Magazine.

But whether down under or up here in the states, the piece has value for educators and parents (and students). It’s written by Andreas Schleicher, the Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Schleicher is the force behind the OECD Test for Schools and the PISA exam, and the increase in accurately assessing what schools and education systems do well, and on what they need to improve. Of course, he is a visionary in contemporary education – and, in fact, an admirer of the BASIS Curriculum and our network.

The ‘myths’ run the gamut, in that they address students, teachers, and policy areas – and translate creditably whether in Australia, the United States, or elsewhere.

Here is the link to ‘Debunking education myths‘.

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