Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mitch Daniels: Proof of the Need for Teacher Tenure

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Can you imagine that the governor of your state would tell teachers which books they are allowed to assign or use in class? Can you imagine that the governor of your state would…

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The Big Lie on Which “Reform”Is Built

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mark Naison, one of the founders of the Badass Teachers Association, here explains that the foundational idea of the privatization movement is a lie. Naison writes: “Public School Failure- “The Big Lie” on…

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When Chemtchr Fell in Love with Science

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This wonderful comment was posted in response to my article in “Scientific American”: “This is very special for me, because 51 years ago, on July 25 1962, my mother gave me a subscription…

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Pa Supt: State Funding Is Criminal Negligence

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At a discussion of equity and excellence in education in Pennsylvania, John Sarandrea, the superintendent of the Néw Castle district, said: “I don’t have any problems saying this, because it’s true: Poor kids…

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Before Detroit’s Fire Sale Begins, Call the Experts

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
With bankruptcy looming, buzzards are flying by to pick meat off the Motor City’s bones. Before they do, someone should talk to experts on the dangers of privatization: Contact: Richard Allen Smith July…

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Can Children Be Measured Like Corn As They Grow?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Amy Prime is a second grade teacher in Iowa and a parent of five children. She knows how different each of her children are. In this article, she wonders how the Common Core…

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Whose Opinion Will You Advocate Today?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher sends this description of what passes for critical thought in his school. Read it through and ask yourself whether it makes any sense always to advocate someone else’s opinion. What if…

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How “Reform” Killed My School: The Tragic Story of Delmont Elementary School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The following account of Delmont Elementary School was written by Jill Saia, who was its principal. I have deleted the “Dream School” folder on my computer. I am hoping that enough time has…

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President Obama and the New Elitism

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Horton, a history teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School, wrote the following open letter to President Obama: July 12, 2013 Dear Mr. President, I am very concerned about how you…

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Paul Thomas: Why Education Does Not Trump Poverty

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas here explores this question: is it better to be born rich or to get a college degree? Can a “no excuses” school overcome poverty? Can 1,000 such schools change South Carolina?

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