Monthly Archives: February 2014

YES! Reaching the Public with “The Myth of Our Failing Schools”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
YES! Magazine devotes a special issue to public education and its findings  will not surprise readers of this blog. The lead article by executive editor Dean Paton is “The Myth Behind Public School…

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If other professions were evaluated like teachers…

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Forward Institute: Milwaukee Charter Study Shows Effects of Truancy, Poverty, and Experienced Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Forward Institute has released a study of charter schools in Milwaukee, comparing district charters, privately managed charters, and public schools. The findings are instructive. The 2R charter schools are the privately managed…

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Texas Parents Give Grades to Legislators: “It’s Ugly”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
“Reformers” love to grade students, educators, and schools. Parent-led Texas Kids Can’t Wait has turned the tables. It here gives grades to the state’s legislators. Parent groups should do the same everywhere else.…

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What Happens to Doctors When the Right Answer Is Wrong?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a terrific article that appeared on the New York Times blog. Written by Abigail Zuger, M.D., it is titled “The Real World Is Not an Exam.” Dr. Zuger explains what happens…

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Bruce Baker Has a Problem with “Simple, Ignorant Solutions & Simulations”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A respected researcher recently pointed out to me that there is a vast divide between most economists of education–who devoutly believe (it seems) that whatever matters can be measured, and if it can’t…

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Let’s Pay Teachers by the Hour!!!

When you first look at it you may think I’ve lost my mind but, when you put a pen to the numbers it could be very beneficial to teachers. Consider starting every teacher new (zero-years) at $20.00 per hour. $20.00 … Continue reading

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Are Our High School Students Dumb? Are Our High Schools Disastrous?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I received a letter from John Ogozolak, a teacher in upstate New York, where the economy has long been in serious trouble, with a paucity of jobs and economic opportunity. I decided to…

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Vergara v. California: The Agendas, the Facts, and Recommendations for California Law

Originally posted on 34justice:
Ted Boutros believes corporations that destroy lives with reckless policies should suffer minimal financial penalties in court.  Boutros’s partner, Marcellus McRae, proudly defends white-collar criminals.  Eli Broad pretended to support Proposition 30, a ballot initiative designed…

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If Half of Your Students Failed a Test….

Then the campus administration would say that you did not provide adequate instruction. If the half the district failed the same test, then they would say it is an instructional matter still. If half the state fails a test, then … Continue reading

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