Monthly Archives: July 2015

John Merrow: A Swift Solution to Solve the Cheating Problem

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Merrow has evolved into the Jonathan Swift of our day. You read, I hope, the brilliant satire “A Modest Proposal” by Swift. Therein, he suggests that the way to solve the hunger…

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“Education, Inc.”: A Stunning Documentary about the Dark Money Behind “Reform”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Brian Malone, documentary film-maker, has self-funded a film about the corporate assault on public education. ? His film is a MUST-SEE. It is titled EDUCATION, INC. ? Malone is a parent of two…

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ALEC Meets in San Diego to Battle for Rights of 1%

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual conference in San Diego to fete its leaders and their anti-democratic agenda. ALEC is bankrolled by major corporations. Its members are about 2,000 state…

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Jeannie Kaplan: A New -ism for Reformers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan decides it is time to rename “reform.” She thinks it should be called “Dataism,” as in a religious faith or political ideology connected to the worship of Data. She lives in…

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NY Teacher Offers Advice to VAM-Loving Reader

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Regular readers may have noticed a flurry–one might say–a deluge of comments by a reader who signs as “Virginiasgp.” SGP stands for “student growth percentiles.” He believes with a religious fervor in student…

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Hispanic Group in Texas Disagrees with National Organization About Standardized Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In recent weeks, as Congress debated different issues in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a dozen or more of the national civil rights organizations issued statements supporting annual testing…

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Rick Hess: How the Common Core Went Wrong

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rick Hess directs education studies at the conservative, free-market American Enterprise Institute. We often disagree but I am often impressed that he doesn’t follow “the party line” of free-marketeers. This article is a…

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Rick Hess: How the Common Core Went Wrong

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rick Hess directs education studies at the conservative, free-market American Enterprise Institute. We often disagree but I am often impressed that he doesn’t follow “the party line” of free-marketeers. This article is a…

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Arthur Camins Comments on Rick Hess’s View of “What Went Wrong with Common Core”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arthur Camins left the following insightful comment on Rick Hess’s analysis of “What Went Wrong with Common Core.” I agree with his claim that the purpose of setting a totally unrealistic goal was…

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Public School Mama on Charter School “Wait Lists”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politicians and charter lobbyists recite the claim that thousands of students are wait-listed for charter schools. They say we must open more charters at once to satisfy the demand for charter seats. The…

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