Monthly Archives: April 2015

A PTA Writes a Letter to Eva Moskowitz about Inclusion

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The PTA of the Hastings-on-Hudson, Néw York, school district sent the following open letter to Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy charter schools. They shared it with me and asked me to post…

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Retired Superintendent: Standardized Tests Are Stupid: My Grandsons Are Opting Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jim Arnold, former superintendent of schools in Pelham, Georgia, explains why he encouraged his grandsons and their parents to opt out. He writes: “Just imagine the millions of dollars spent on standardized test…

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Chester Finn Worries that “College Ready” Is Damaging “College Educated”

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Fordham Institute former president Chester Finn is concerned about the “cheapening” of the meaning of “college educated.” Here is some of Finn’s April 25, 2015, lament: A vast amount of contemporary education policy attention and education…

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April 30, 2015 – NATIONAL BUGS BUNNY DAY – NATIONAL RAISIN DAY – NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS DAY – NATIONAL HONESTY DAY – NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY – NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY – NATIONAL HAIRSTYLIST APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY

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Valerie Strauss on NPE: “Teachers of the World, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Rubrics!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a terrific column by Valerie Strauss describing the work of the Network for Public Education. I wish she had been there to share the excitement of the 600+ education activists from…

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Peter Greene: Closing Schools Is Not Good for Kids or Communities

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene here takes apart the claim by Mike Petrilli and Aaron Churchill of the Fordham Institute in the Wall Street Journal that closing schools is good for students. By good, they mean…

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William Doyle: No Respectable Corporation Would Use Methods of School Reformers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Doyle writes that it is an insult to real corporate reform to confuse it with the misguided methods of those who call themselves school reformers. Doyle writes: “It is a mistake to…

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Psychologist: The Common Core Tests Cannot Be Independently Verified for Validity or Reliability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader, Charlene Williams, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, sent the following comment in response to this post about the vocabulary used on one of the Common Core tests: ? This…

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Seattle: 95% of Students in Garfield High Opted Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Seattle may top Long Island as the epicenter of opt out. 95% of students at Garfield High School–the very same school where teachers refused to give the superfluous MAP test–opted out of the…

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A History Class Using Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
A few years ago, there was much hype about BYOD. At the time, I had dismissed BYOD for a number of reasons. First, there were the technical difficulties (bandwidth…

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