Daily Archives: July 19, 2015

Then and Now in Reforming the Teaching of History (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
A half-century ago, academics led an effort to reform the teaching of history and the social studies in a movement called the New Social Studies (NSS). Since the mid-1990s,…

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Chicago: Public Schools Lose $$$, Charters Gain

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rahm Emanuel has made clear that he favors charter schools over public schools, as do many of his campaign contributors. So it should come as no surprise that the city plans to cut…

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When Florida Legislators Get an “A” Grade from Jeb Bush and ALEC, It Means They Deserve an “F”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fund Education Now, a public school advocacy group in Florida, says that the Jeb Bush-ALEC machine gives out grades to legislators. Those who get an A are the ones who want to privatize…

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Beware of Stack Ranking Employees

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Big data has captured the imagination of many corporate executives, but it has its limitations. When evaluations are turned into numbers and used to rank employees from best to worst, it crushes motivation.…

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Michigan Fires For-Profit Food Vendor for Prisons

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Privatization often turns out to cost more and provide worse service than public sector workers. Michigan just fired Aramark, which had a three-year contract worth $145 million. The Eclectablog website credited the persistence…

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Jennifer Higgins: I Am Not a “Developing” Teacher

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? I have gotten to a point where I hate posting statements by teachers who are giving up because of stupid mandates and idiotic “reforms.” I don’t want anyone to quit. I want…

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Mercedes Schneider: Both Senate and House ESEA Bills Remove Any Penalties for Opting Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider is one of the few people I know (outside of Congressional staff) who has read every word of the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now called…

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How Many “Karen Fitzgibbons” Are Still Teaching Our Kids?

Originally posted on Diary of a Public School Teacher!:
Karen Fitzgibbons, a teacher at Bennett Elementary in Wolforth, Texas, wrote that she was, in all-caps, “ANGRY” over the officer’s resignation, blaming “the blacks” for causing “racial tension,” according to the…

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What would happen to the Corporate RheeForm War against Public Education in the U.S. if every American knew the few facts in this post?

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
Value Added Measurement (VAM) uses the results of student tests linked to the flawed Common Core Standards that are being forced on the nation’s public schools to punish teachers for students who–-for a…

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Poetic Justice’s Concerns About Corruption in CT

Originally posted on Poetic Justice:
I am reblogging Jonathan Pelto’s latest post about how the will of the people has been circumvented here in CT. Please read and share this story. CT deserves a Commissioner of Education who is also…

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