Daily Archives: July 4, 2015

Why Public Education Will Survive and Prevail

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Do not be discouraged as you struggle to restore common sense and rationality to education policy. The corporate reformers have money and the political power that money buys, but it has no popular…

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Edward F. Berger: The War Against Our Public Schools and Their Teachers Is an Assault on Our Democracy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I usually devote days like July 4 to appropriate pieces, such as poems and songs celebrating our nation and its freedoms. ? But I am not feeling especially celebratory today. In many respects,…

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The Sham of VAM: Evidence-Free Policy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article about the lack of evidence for VAM is open access for one week only. It was written by VAM critic Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and Jessica Holloway-Libell.

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Public Education, Justice, Civil Disobedience and Conscientious Refusal—is there a Common Denominator?

Originally posted on The Public Educator:
When I was an undergraduate at Queens College in the 1970s, I took a course in political philosophy.   As part of the course, I had to write a term paper.   The 1970s was a…

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Will States Really Reduce Testing?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico,com reports that the states are working to reduce testing. Do you believe it? Color me skeptical. As long S NCLB and Arne’s waivers threaten school closings and teacher evaluations based on test…

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Carol Burris Explains Her Opposition to Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris, veteran principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, Long Island, Néw York, retired this week, to the tears of students, parents, and staff. In this article, part of a…

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The Biggest Fraud in Higher Education: Whose Fault?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The biggest scam in higher education was perpetrated by Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit corporation that once enrolled more than 120,000 students at 120 campuses. Corinthian collapsed recently, leaving tens of thousands of students…

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A Common Core Absurdity: Teaching Health

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A principal sent this account of a teacher’s experience to me: ? ? “Common Core Training for ENCORE Teachers ? “(ENCORE = subjects like Health, Physical Education, Art, Music, Technology, Home & Careers)…

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Will the Supreme Court Kill Unions?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Supreme Court hasa cepted for review a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. It is a challenge to the fair share fees that unions charge non members. If the CTA loses,…

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Rahm is So Clever: Don’t Try This at Home

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mike Klonsky updates us on Rahm’s financial hustle.  Rahm Emanuel, who learned his creative financing tricks, like “scoop and toss” bond financing while working for Bruce Rauner at GTCR, plans to borrow $500M…

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