Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

Joanne Yatvin: The SAT is on the Wrong Track

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joanne Yatvin was a teacher, principal, superintendent, and president of the National Council of Trachers of English. She writes: A few days ago the New York Times published an OP-Ed by Richard Atkinson…

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The Shrinking Middle Class: The Story of an Early Childhood Educator

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the story of Mell Zinn. She got her teaching credentials, but she couldn’t find a job. She opened a licensed early childhood center in her home. Her husband is earning. Graduate…

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Learning Matters: Failing Forward (1992)

This video was done in 1992. It could have been done today in many schools. In the Houston area, there have been multiple incidents of inappropriate grading and attendance changes. There have been principals and assistants that have been fired … Continue reading

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Did Texas Parents Get Fooled?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Parents in Texas rose up to fight the over testing of their children and to send a message to the Legislature. Testing is not teaching, but the Legislature seemed to think that the…

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Jay Mathews on Grade Inflation in the District of Columbia

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jay Mathews read Caleb Rossiter’s newly published book (Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools”) and called it “the best account of public education in the nation’s…

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Steve Nelson: The Danger of Measuring the Wrong Things

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steve Nelson laments the current policies in education, which are secretly tied to measurement and data. These are the policies cook up by economists, he says, not educators. Educators seek development, not accountability.…

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The End of Separation of Church and State?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a tuition tax credit bill that is widely recognized as a backdoor voucher. The tax credits would benefit wealthy individuals and corporations. Cuomo has said this measure is…

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May 19, 2015 – NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY – NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY

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BREAKING NEWS: Pearson Loses Most of Texas’ Testing Contract

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pearson just lost most of its Texas testing business. For the first time in three decades, a new company is poised to develop and administer the state-required exams Texas students begin taking in…

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