Daily Archives: April 17, 2015

The Oxymoron of Corporate Education Reform Exposed by the Results of the International PISA Test

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
The foundation of the U.S. corporate education reform movement is built on a house of cards that alleges there are too many incompetent teachers in America’s public schools, and that using…

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NY State Releases Junk Science Ratings

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New York State education officials released data showing that the top-rated teachers, based on student test scores, are less likely to work in schools enrolling black and Hispanic students. Did State Education Department…

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Tim Slekar: Opt Out Hits a Nerve

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tim Slekar, dean of education at Edgewood College in Wisconsin, recognizes that the Néw York opt out has national implications. He links to a dismissive editorial in the Néw York Daily News that…

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Valerie Strauss Reviews the Tisch/Ravitch Debate About Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss analyzes the debate between Chancellor Merryl Tisch and me on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” She includes the transcript. What she found odd was Tisch’s resoonse right after I explained…

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Teacher to Parents: Save Your Children! Opt Out!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a powerful letter from a teacher in New York City who realized that the test mania has grown out of control and must be reigned in. Although, as she puts it,…

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The Newsday cartoonist parents & teachers are laughing at

Originally posted on lacetothetop:
In the words of Green Lacer Kevin Kirk, “This is today’s (4/16/15) Newsday political cartoon. Matt Davies’ cartoon is ill conceived and not even the slightest bit funny. The cartoon’s “irony” wreaks of desperation on the…

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Early Reports on Pearson Common Core Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A parent reported in an email to me that questions from the ELA tests are plastered on Facebook and other social media, despite Pearson’s efforts to monitor students’ comments on FB or Twitter.…

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April 17, 2015 – NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY – NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY – NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE – NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

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