Monthly Archives: March 2014

Teaching Argumentative (Persuasive) Writing

Originally posted on rightfulwriter:
This year, I’ve really struggled with bringing my students’ writing up to the level required to pass the EOC exam for our state. The gaps in their ability to write academically partially stem from the fact…

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Troubled Youth, Troubled Learning (Dave Reid)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Dave Reid is a high school mathematics teacher in his third year of teaching.   He received his MA in Education and credential in secondary mathematics and physics from Stanford…

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Confessions of a Teacher in a “No Excuses” Charter School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This manuscript was sent to me by a teacher who worked in a “no excuses” charter school in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York. Her descriptions of the classroom practices there are vivid and…

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Robert Shepherd Does a Close Reading of the Common Core and Doesn’t Like What He Sees

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robert Shepherd, a regular commentator on the blog, has a long career as an author and a developer of curriculum, textbooks, and every other aspect of education publishing. From his comments on this…

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What Makes a Great Teacher? This Is What Students Think

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, and the National Council on Teacher Quality think they know what makes a great teacher. A great teacher is the one whose students got higher test scores…

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The Gates Foundation MET Research Does NOT Provide Evidence for the Anti-Teacher Vergara v California

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A Veteran Teacher Defends the Teacher at the Center of the Vergara Trial

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Vergara trial in Los Angeles is an effort funded by a very wealthy man to eliminate due process for teachers in California. The theory of the case is that when teachers have…

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Sir Michael Barber Unveils Stale Ideas for Massachusetts for Bargain Basement Price of $250,000

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
EduShyster has outdone herself with this brilliant post. ? It is the story of how the business leaders of Massachusetts got hornswoggled by some fellow named (Sir) Michael Barber, who works for Pearson…

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Peter Greene: Forget About Ridiculous Expectations

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene, always a font of common sense, explains how we replaced “the soft bigotry of low expectations” with the “hard tyranny of ridiculous expectations.” He writes: “We have, for instance, substituted the…

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Pre-K Makes Sense, But Some on the Right Don’t Want to Believe the Evidence

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Grover Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution has become the GOP’s go-to guy for proclamations against universal pre-kindergarten. Whitehurst was education research director for the George W. Bush administration, and he provides the ammunition…

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