Monthly Archives: October 2012

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
For those readers who may have forgotten the story line of the fairy tale, as I had, here it is: A clothes-mad king who spent the coin of the…

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Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
As a high school history teacher and district superintendent, I had to learn the differences between problems and dilemmas because the former required solutions and the latter required compromises.…

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Do You Just Want a Uniform?

During the early days of my career, while I was still coaching, I would sit around the coach’s office with the other coaches and solve many problems of world. Many of those conversations revolved around the team and its players. … Continue reading

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Flash Forward to May, 2015

The first senior class to be held accountable for passing the new End of Course/STAAR exams is preparing to graduate. The students look around and they are missing many of their classmates because they were not able to pass the … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The shame that many teachers and principals feel at being made responsible for a school’s low academic performance is a recent phenomenon. Historically, policy elites and educators explained poor…

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher reflects on how teachers are perceived, how little support they get, and how teaching has changed: Being in the teaching profession, most of the public generally hates you because they ‘see’…

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Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
John Deasy, who was appointed superintendent of the 672,000-student Los Angeles district in January, will be evaluated … on improvement in the graduation rate, student proficiency and attendance. But…

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What About the Other 80%?

According to the 2011 nationally produced report, “Time is the Enemy”, in the State of Texas only 20 percent of the students entering a college or community college will obtain a degree even if they are allotted double the normal … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This teacher wrote a great letter to President Obama. I hope you will write one also, and send it to my colleague anthony_cody@hotmail.com October 6, 2012 Dear President Obama: I Feel As Though…

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