Monthly Archives: May 2013

Texas: The Surefire Plan to Destroy Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
You think it can’t happen here? You think your state is immune? Read about the war on public education in Texas and think again. Some part of this radical agenda is being promoted…

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Are There Lessons from the History of School Reform?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
For some people, history lessons are clear. For some, history lessons are ambiguous. For some, history lessons are depressing. These cartoons capture differences among historians and teachers over whether…

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The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries

WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the … Continue reading

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Texas: More Privatization on the Way

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
With vouchers stalled in the Texas legislature, the privatizers turned to another strategy to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs. They want a state district for schools with low test scores, where the state…

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Stop Blaming Schools for Inequality!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a terrific opinion piece that was prominently featured in the Sunday New York Times, Sean Reardon of Stanford University wrote that the gap between the children of the rich and the children…

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Reformers Creating a Usable Past: Myths and Realities

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Consider the following: *Progressive school reformers praise the 19th century one-room school for multi-age grouping, students helping one another learn their lessons, and close connections between school and community;…

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