Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31, 2015 – NATIONAL BACKWARD DAY – NATIONAL INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
National Backward Day – January 31 NATIONAL BACKWARD DAY .day good a is This The above sentence is backwards, I might wear my shirt backwards, maybe I will walk down the street backwards:  all…

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Indiana: Republicans Sneer at State Superintendent Glenda Ritz: “She is a Librarian, OK?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What is happening in Indiana right now is an outrage. The Republican party holds every statewide office but one: State Superintendent of Education. ? That post was won by Democrat Glenda Ritz in…

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January 30, 2015 – NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
National Croissant Day – January 30 NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY In the United States, National Croissant Day is observed each year on January 30th. This “unofficial” holiday lets us celebrate this delicious baked bread.   Croissants are buttery,…

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From Policy to Practice: Chains or Pasta

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Metaphors are shortcuts for understanding complicated concepts: Time is money. The mind is a computer. Each metaphor powerfully illuminates and enriches an idea. Which metaphors come to mind when…

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Proclamation – National Shower with a Friend Day – February 5th

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
national-shower-with-a-friend-day-february-51 National Shower with a Friend Day is held annually on February 5th. Winter is the coldest and loneliest season of the year. With dwindling daylight and Valentine’s Day at its heart, February can…

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Sirota: Billionaire Says Schools Don’t Need More Money

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David Sirota reports that billionaire Stephen Schwarzman told a high-level audience of business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that schools don’t need more money. He suggested that…

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What Is the Future of Test-Based Teacher Evaluation?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Despite the lack of evidence for tying teacher evaluation to student test scores, despite the hundreds of millions spent to implement it without success, this is Arne Duncan’s line in the sand. He…

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Federal Testing Policy: A Fourth Option?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In the discussion draft for the revision of No Child Left Behind, Senator Lamar Alexander posed two options for testing: 1) grade span testing (once in elementary school, once in middle school, once…

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Vouching for Public Education

State legislatures have more impact on education than any form of government.  As an educator in Texas, I am currently experiencing this impact firsthand. Let me explain.  The Texas Legislature is now in session, and public education is once again … Continue reading

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Reader: Nevada Wants to Adopt Everything That Has Failed in Other States

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader who goes by the name “Old Teacher” offered this update on events in Nevada: ? ? Here in Nevada our governor has proposed a tax hike, not to support our existing…

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