Daily Archives: August 21, 2015

The TFA Bait and Switch

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article tells the story of Jessica Millen, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2013 and immediately joined Teach for America. Jessica’s essay is part of a new book: http://www.amazon.com/Teach-America-Counter-Narratives-Critical-Thinking/dp/1433128764/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439827400&sr=8-1&keywords=teach+for+america+counter-narratives“>new book: “Teach for…

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A Psychologist Speaks Out about the Low Reliability of VAM Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of the affidavits at the trial of the Lederman v. King case was filed by psychologist Brad Lindell. His full affidavit is included in this post, which contains all the affidavits. He…

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Mitchell Robinson: How the Reform Agenda of Churn and Chaos Undermined Detroit Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mitchell Robinson, a professor of music at Michigan State University, has figured out how the reform/privatization agenda works. Robinson writes: The typical reform agenda goes something like this: *demoralize the teachers *defund the…

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Joanne Yatvin: A Sharp Contrast Between the U.S. and Korea in Attitudes Towards Public Education and Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joanne Yatvin, veteran educator, now retired after a long career as teacher, principal, superintendent, and president of the National Council of Teachers of English, offers the following observations: I recently read two articles…

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North Carolina: What’s Best for Kids? Vouchers or Public Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Graig Meyer is a Democrat and a freshman representative in the North Carolina General Assembly. His wife is a teacher in a low-performing, high-poverty school. In this post, he concludes that the state…

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Readers React to the New York Times’ Critique of Opting Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The New York Times published some smart responses to its uninformed editorial about opting out. The Times chastised the parents of 225,000 children who opted out of the state tests in New York.…

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Cartoons on Life and Technology

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
For this month’s cartoon feature, I have gathered cartoons that poke at our workday lives, family, and  habitual love/hate for technology. I hope you will enjoy them as much…

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Bob Braun: The Strange Case of Newark’s Disappearing Principal

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bob Braun unravels a very odd story about a principal who disappeared, went missing without explanation from the central office, then mysteriously reappeared. It couldn’t happen in Short Hills or any affluent white…

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Mercedes Schneider Gives a History Lesson on Common Core to the Washington Post Editorial Board

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last week, the Washington Post published an editorial in defense of Jeb Bush, Andrew Cuomo, and the Common Core. The editorial scoffed at the idea that the federal government had anything to do…

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Reading at Frustration Level with J.K. Rowling

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
One of the more esoteric and interesting debates centered around the Common Core State Standards for English centers around text complexity and the concept of reading at “frustration level.”  The general idea behind…

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