Monthly Archives: September 2014

Which Teacher in Utah Has the Largest Class Size?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lisa Schencker of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that class sizes are rising in the state, despite an official low number. She realized that the official number of 22.8 students per class was…

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Gov. Corbett: You Should Be Ashamed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
“The Notebook” reports on the disgraceful funding of schools in Pennsylvania, especially Philadelphia. Corporate tax breaks mean more to Governor Corbett and the Legislature than children. Public schools don’t make campaign contributions. Charter…

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Teaching U.S. History in a Failing School (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
How to interpret the three history lessons I watched Mark Allison, a veteran teacher, teach? Allison had prepared an interactive lesson with a series of slides on the Civil…

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September 30, 2014 – NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY – NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY – NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
National Chewing Gum Day NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY Gum enthusiasts across the nation celebrate National Chewing Gum Day each year on September 30. People have used chewing gum for over 5,000 years.  Various forms of chewing…

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Robert Reich: On Schooling and Income Inequality

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robert Reich clearly explains the importance of poverty on educational achievement. He writes (see his article for the links to sources): “American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the…

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Laura H. Chapman: What Federal Law Says About the Role of the Federal Department of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Laura H. Chapman provides here the relevant federal statutes that restrict the role of federal officials to prevent federal intrusion and control of public education. The prohibition of federal employees exercising any direction,…

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Remarkable Idiocy: “Economically-driven Education”

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Adam Urbanski: Teacher Ratings Are Nonsensical

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester, Néw York, teachers’ union, is struggling to make sense of the state’s teacher and principal evaluation system, which varies wildly from district to district. Scarsdale, perhaps the…

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September 29, 2014 – NATIONAL COFFEE DAY – VFW DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
National Coffee Day 2014Photo Credit: http://www.bms.co.in/latest-pictures-images-wallpapers-of-international-coffee-day-2014/ National Coffee Day Each year on September 29, people across the United States celebrate one of the most beloved morning beverages on National Coffee Day. It is a…

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Someone, Please Tell US DOE about 10th Amendment

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Missouri Education Watchdog is a wonderful blog that I discovered only recently. ? In this post, these questions are raised: why doesn’t the U.S. Department of Education know about the tenth amendment to…

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