Monthly Archives: June 2014

Education Reform as the New Misogyny: A Reader

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Jason Stanford: Former Texas Commissioner Robert Scott Was Right About Testing and Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Texas journalist Jason Stanford says it is time to recognize one of the heroes of the Education Spring: former Texas Commissioner Robert Scott, who bluntly said that high-stakes testing had grown too powerful…

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Law Professor: The Vergara Decision Was Weakly Reasoned

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In an interview in Salon, UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff says that Judge Rolf Treu’s decision against tenure and seniority was weakly reasoned. If it were a paper in one of his law…

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Oklahoma City Families and Teachers Find Their VOICE

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Mother Crusader Follows the Money in Vergara

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mother Crusader, written by New Jersey parent Darcie Cimarusti, determined to find out who was putting up the millions to beat teacher tenure and seniority in California. She examined the 990 tax forms…

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Philanthropic Advocacy for School Reforms

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
I … challenge the wisdom of giving public sanction and approval to the spending of a huge fortune ….My object here is to state as clearly and as briefly…

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Writing Expert: Computer Scoring by PARCC-Pearson Tests Is Fundamentally Flawed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Les Perelman, who was in charge of MIT’sWriting Across the Curriculum program, wrote this opinion piece for the Boston Globe. Perelman said that student essays written for the PARCC test, created by Pearson,…

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WHY ARE SO MANY MORE TEACHERS “RETIRING”?

Originally posted on DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing:
No, that is not me! When I began teaching in 1970, and throughout almost all of my 38 year career in NYC and suburbs, teaching was a lifelong calling. Many, like me,…

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Ira Shor: When Do Kids Count?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ira Shor describes our complex sustem, based on race, class, income: “Teachers count only if their students count. To count in this society, kids have to come from affluent families; the teachers of…

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Peter Greene: Why Are Common Core Standards Written in Stone?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene asks a simple, logical question: why are the Common Core standards written in stone? “Not just stone, but stone mounted in cement crazy-glued to bedrock all sealed in amber.” The Common…

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