Monthly Archives: August 2013

Breaking News: School Segregation Study Strikes A Nerve

Originally posted on Cloaking Inequity:
Today’s Breaking News comic represents the non-difference between De facto and De jure segregation of schools. It is rare that an education study strikes a nerve in the media. However, our study Expansive School Segregation in…

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NY Test Score Collapse: What Now?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What should happen next in New York after the Common Core testing debacle? I won’t share my thoughts here, which are strong, but instead share the views of an experienced educator. Jere Hochman…

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NY Superintendent: Trying to Make Sense of Common Core Test Results

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jere Hochman superintendent of the Bedford Central School District in New York, tries to make sense of the latest test results in this blog. He has a series of spot-on metaphors. The state’s…

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Arne Duncan: Will He Resign?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In his comments at a press conference about the collapse of the New York test scores, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “Too many school systems lied to children, families and communities,” Mr.…

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Intended or Unintended Consequence of “Reform”?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader sees how “reforms” make public schools undesirable. Is this their purpose? He writes: “When you go to a kindergarten meeting (in the wealthy suburbs), and the teachers are telling all the…

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Utah Legislator: End Compulsory Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
State Senator Aaron Osmond of Utah has called for an end to compulsory education. Osmond says that parents are expecting too much of the schools. He believes that education should be a choice,…

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Have We Lost Our Sense of Shame?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In reflecting on the sordid Anthony Weiner story, I wrote that civilization depends to some extent on the survival of a sense of shame. Shame makes people regretful of bad behavior and minimizes…

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Matt Farmer: “”You will hear our voices in your sleep.”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Parents in Chicago complained about budget cuts to their schools. CPS blames the cuts on pensions, but parents don’t believe them. Attorney Matt Farmer warned that parents would go to the streets. He…

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Three Dubious Uses of Technology in Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I was invited to contribute an article of 500 words to a special issue of Scientific American. I assumed that most of the other articles would be unalloyed cheerleading for the wonders of…

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