TIME Magazine Attacks America’s Teachers: Write a Letter to TIME

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

TIME Magazine has a cover story called “Rotten Apples,” in which it falsely asserts (on the cover) that “It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher. Some Tech Millionaires May Have Found a Way to Change That.” Here is a link to the cover and a petition denouncing this slander.

This TIME cover is as malicious as the Newsweek cover in 2010 that said, “We Must Fire Bad Teachers. We Must Fire Bad Teachers. We Must Bad Teachers,” and the TIME cover in 2008 showing a grim Michelle Rhee with a broom, prepared to sweep out “bad” teachers and principals. (As we now know, Rhee fired many educators, but saw no significant gains during her tenure in office.)

This non-stop teacher bashing, funded by millionaires and billionaires, by the Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation, and even by the U.S. Department of Education, has become poisonous. Enrollments in teacher education programs…

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October 24, 2014 – NATIONAL FOOD DAY – NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY

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NATIONAL FOOD DAY

It was in the year 2011 when the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated a new project, National Food Day, which is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustain-ably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24 of each year.

One of the targets that Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real”, which is defined by them as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustain-ably raised protein.  National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it.

In 2012, there were 3,200 events that took place from…

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Mississippi: How to Discourage Children in Kindergarten: Make It Harder!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Mississippi seems to be following the advice of Arne Duncan and theCommon Core: Make school harder!

In this Hechinger Report article by Kayleigh Skinner and Chris Kieffer, we learn that kindergarten kids will be “expected to write sentences, know most letters of the alphabet and recognize and write the first 10 numerals” by October. Yet two months since the school year began, 29 percent of the 298 kindergarten students at Neshoba Central have missed at least one day. Eight have missed five days or more….”

“The absences are leading to both academic and financial consequences in a state where students already lag behind their peers throughout the country, consistently posting some of the lowest test scores in the U.S.

“The absences are also leading to students falling behind just as they start their education. One in 14 Mississippi kindergarten students had to repeat their grade in 2008 because they weren’t…

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Are Small High Schools the Magic Bullet?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Let me say at the outset that I am neither for nor against small schools. Sometimes they work well, because they have small classes and extra attention, sometimes they don’t, especially when they don’t provide classes for English language learners or advanced courses or foreign languages. As always, it depends.

Recently a report by a research organization called MRDC asserted that New York City’s Gates-funded small high schools were surprisingly successful.

But an underground researcher in the NYC Department of a education says, wait a minute. Review the evidence.

He/she writes:

How to Reform a Portfolio District

In what has become an annual propaganda exercise, MDRC (yes, their corporate name is just the initials), a “research foundation” in New York City, has self-published a non-peer reviewed paper on their website claiming that the new small high schools created under the Bloomberg administration are a success.[1] The New York Times followed…

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Jeff Bryant: Thinking Anew About Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Jeff Bryant writes that we are stuck in stale thinking about education. Our leaders think that there is a new or better way to do testing and accountability, which is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. We have been stuck in the testing and accountability paradigm for at least a dozen years, in fact, for more than a generation. Governors and Congressmen think that “reform” means more and better tests.

But there comes a time to say, “that doesn’t work. We have been testing and holding people accountable since the passage of NCLB and even earlier.” It failed. It is time to think anew before we “reform” our teachers to distraction and our schools to extinction.

Bryant writes:

“Since the passage of No Child Left Behind legislation in 2002, the nation’s schools have been dominated by a regime of standardized testing that started in two grade levels…

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October 23, 2014 – NATIONAL TV TALK SHOW HOST DAY – NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY – NATIONAL MOLE DAY

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National TV Talk Show Host Day

NATIONAL TV TALK SHOW HOST DAY

October 23 of each year is the day to pay tribute to, appreciate and thank all of the TV Talk Show hosts for the great job that they do; for all of their monologues, their jokes, their interviews, their stories, their entertainment and etc.  It is the day that people across the country celebrate National TV Talk Show Host Day.

Each day we watch our favorite talk shows and we laugh, cry, listen, learn and etc. It is these great hosts that make the shows ones that we want to watch.

NATIONAL TV TALK SHOW HOST DAY HISTORY

National TV Talk Show Host Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was chosen to be celebrated on “The King of Late Night Television”s birthday.   John William “Johnny” Carson was born on October 23, 1925.  Carson was host, for thirty…

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The Telegraph: What If Pearson Loses the Texas Contract?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

This may seem unthinkable, but Pearson–the mega-giant British publisher of tests and textbooks–might lose its $500 million dollar testing contract for the state of Texas. So says the British publication,
The Telegraph. The entrepreneurs and profiteers of education are worried about the future. How sad. Will they buy each other up? Will they make money or lose money? So many problems when you live or die by profit margins. So many lobbyists to hire. So many campaign contributions to make. Welcome to the new and tawdry world of the education industry.

Katherine Rushton writes:

Most people have, at some point in their lives, felt a bout of nerves as they awaited a crucial set of exam results. Pearson’s chief executive, John Fallon, could be forgiven for having the same feeling.
Next month, the London-listed education giant will face its own version of this peculiar kind of torture, as it…

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