The National Union of Teachers is gearing up for a vote to boycott the national curriculum tests given to 7-, 11-, and 14-year-olds. The union says the tests are "counterproductive," but says it may be difficult to persuade the government of its point of view.
Many teachers have praised the state's guidelines, saying they have helped make daily lessons more coherent. The manual helps teachers understand what they are accountable for, says Cincinnati Federation of Teachers President Sue Taylor.
The most successful organizations pioneer the use of technology but focus on just a handful of key innovations, avoiding the rest. Management guru Jim Collins explains how the best companies invest in two or three technologies that directly relate to the mission statement and can significantly improve operations.