Daily Archives: June 8, 2015

Gene V. Glass: Education Reformers and the “Shoe Button Complex”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene V. Glass, emeritus professor at Arizona State University and an associate of the National Education Policy Center, ponders the ubiquity of the “Shoe Button Complex” among leading “reformers” of education. ? In…

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The Education Revolution will Not Be Standardized: The “Moral Imperative” of Testing Refusal

Originally posted on educationalchemy:
? Let me start by suggesting something key that has not been articulated widely enough: All standardized testing is high stakes testing. If there were no stakes involved, why would corporate reformers and testing companies lobby tooth…

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A Graduate of Harvard Law School Who Became an Algebra Teacher Addresses the Class of 2015

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ohio Algebra II Teacher, a regular commentator on the blog, wrote the following wonderful speech to the graduating class at Madeira High School. ? ? As a Harvard-educated public school teacher, I’ll paste…

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The REAL Civil Rights Issue of Our Time: Inequitable Funding

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post about the outrageous inequity in funding American public schools. Corporate reformers have offered charters, vouchers, and high-stakes testing as “solutions” to poverty and inequity, but they…

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Third Grader: “I Did My Job,” I Opted Out of All the Tests, and I Will Be Promoted to Fourth Grade

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a great story from Florida, where legislators are test-crazy. Sammy Addo, a third-grader, did not take any of the required tests. His mother is a teacher and a strong opponent of…

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What the FACTS Reveal about Teacher Retirement Programs—Part 3 of 6

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
View as Single Page Back to the public sector retirement plans that did not follow the risky 401 (k) path to retirement. The Public Sector stayed with employer-based defined benefit pension…

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June 8, 2015 – NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY – NATIONAL UPSY DAISY DAY – NATIONAL NAME YOUR POISON DAY.

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The Value and Limits of Technology

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kentaro Toyamo worked briefly as a tutor at the Lakeside Academy in Seattle, which is richly endowed with technology. He observed that what students needed most was adult guidance. In this article, he…

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A Useful Acronym: DARVO

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader of the blog provides a new acronym and defines it: DARVO. We have seen examples of this on many recent occasions. ? “DARVO” ? DARVO is an acronym to describe a…

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Kraft and Papay: Working Conditions Matter

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Albert Shanker Blog posted the findings of a study about the importance of school contexts in retaining teachers and helping improve their practice. ? Matthew Di Carlo introduces the scholars: ? “Our…

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