Monthly Archives: July 2013

Study: High-Stakes Testing Increases Incarceration Rate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research says that high-stakes testing leads to an increase in the incarceration rate. Olesya Baker and Kevin Lang conclude that the use of…

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Indianapolis Plan for Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Indianapolis has developed a plan that they call “neighborhoods of educational opportunity.” Every child in the future will go to a high-quality school, which is sure to be a charter school that destabilizes…

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The Appeal of Charters to Families Besieged by Fear and Want?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader explains the appeal of charters to communities fearful for their children in a world fraught with danger: “Perhaps this site can be a venue for discussing the manner in which racial…

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Bravo, California!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Los Angeles Times explains today that California has stubbornly resisted Arne Duncan’s demand that teachers be evaluated by junk science. Despite the fact that researchers overwhelmingly agree that “value-added assessment” is flawed…

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The Failure of Market-Based “Reform”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Broader Bolder Approach to Education has steadfastly opposed the high-stakes testing and privatization “reforms” that have done so much to undermine public education. Now it has published a major analysis of the…

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Steve Zimmer on Why Class Size Matters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At a recent meeting of the Los Angeles school board, newly re-elected member Steve Zimmer spoke passionately about the reasons to reduce class size. Watch here to see Zimmer’s address to the board.…

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The Problems That Federal Legislation Studiously Avoids

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The commenter who calls himself or herself “Democracy” says the following about the Reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently known as NCLB): “Bill Mathis correctly points out that education…

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An Eloquent and Incredibly Brave Child Speaks at the UN

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban thugs who don’t want girls to be educated, spoke at the United Nations and was amazingly eloquent in calling for free,…

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What Happened in Dallas: A Year Later

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A bit over a year ago, I wrote about the arrival of a new superintendent in Dallas. Mike Miles is a man with a military background who is a graduate of the unaccredited…

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Gary Rubinstein Gives Good Advice to Teach for America

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gary Rubinstein is a former member of Teach for America, and he is now one of its toughest critics. He is also its best friend, but TFA doesn’t know it. His criticism is…

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