Monthly Archives: November 2013

Rothstein, Carnoy, and Tucker on International Test Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last January, Richard Rothstein and Martin Carnoy released a report on international test scores, arguing that American students perform better than is generally believes. Since many people are deeply invested in the conventional…

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TN Student Speaks Out

This student speaks more truth in 5 minutes than most politicians speak in a life time.

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Outstanding Teacher in North Carolina Reluctantly Quits

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Chris Gable is a beloved teacher of language arts and social studies in Asheville, North Carolina. People consider him not just a good teacher, but a great one. And he is leaving North…

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North Little Rock Turns Down Charter As Unnecessary

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arkansas is the home of the Walton Family Foundation, which gives heavy support to charters and Small change to local public schools. But even in Arkansas, there is local pushback. The North Little…

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Changing My Mind on How To Teach Thinking Skills

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
In the fifth year of my teaching at Cleveland’s Glenville high school–it was the early 1960s–I had already introduced materials to my classes on what was then called “Negro…

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A Top Ten of Duncan’s Inanity: Obama’s Basketball Buddy Drops Ball on Ed

Originally posted on Cloaking Inequity:
So what happens when a President chooses a basketball buddy as Secretary of Education? Really, Obama… what did you expect when you chose a non-educator, non-expert to lead American education? A leader who left Chicago…

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Teachers Designing Instructional Materials: A Unit on the Assassination of Kennedy (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
As a novice U.S. history teacher in Cleveland (OH) in the mid-1950s, I began designing lessons that contained sources absent from students’ textbooks. While I used the textbook for…

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A Wonderful Review of “Reign of Error”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is one of the best reviews of “Reign of Error” that I have read. Because it was written as an editorial, it didn’t go into close detail, as others have, but it…

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Why A New Teacher in Missouri Wants Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader sent this comment:   My daughter just started teaching in a Missouri School District known for being a very good school district. She is 2 months in and wants out. Paperwork,…

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Texas: Is the Age of the Hero Superintendent Coming to an End?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This superb article in the Texas Observer by Patrick Michels is one of the most astute and hopeful I have read in months. It chronicles the idea of the school superintendent as super-hero: the…

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