Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

Teacher: Do You Want a Monsanto Education or an Artisanal Education?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader who signs as “New York State Teacher” wonders why classrooms should be compelled to use more technology than they need. Why the push to put every student on a tablet and…

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A Front for Corporate Reform: “Students for Education Reform”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jonathan Pelto warns that the innocent-sounding group “Students for Education Reform” is actually a front for the hedge funders’ “Democrats for Education Reform.”Not many student-led groups have a budget in excess of $7…

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The Zuckerberg Gift is Not a Gift, It Goes to a Limited Liability Corporation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leslie Lenkowsky is an expert on foundations who is a professor at Indiana University. Some years back, he headed a conservative think tank. He suggests in this article in the Wall Street Journal…

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Laura Chapman on Federal Policy for Technology: A History of False Promises

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Laura Chapman, regular reader and commenter and expert on the arts, writes: ? ? 1. For people interested in the recent history of US technology policy for education see: “A Retrospective on Twenty…

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Let the Lawsuits Begin! Victory Against VAM in New Mexico

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In New Mexico, District Judge David K. Thomson issued a preliminary injunction against the use of the state’s teacher evaluation system, which tied consequences for teachers to student test scores. Unfortunately for the…

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The College Board under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In 2009, the College Board was one of three nonprofits that were listed by name on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (The other two were Achieve, Inc., and ACT.)…

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Some Kids Have To Fail: A History of Labels (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
As long as there have been tax-supported public schools in the U.S., some children and youth have failed.  “Experts,” educators, and policymakers have given names for those students who…

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The Weekly Standard is No Longer Owned by Rupert Murdoch: It Is Worse Than That

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a post about Campbell Brown’s quest to find someone to take her seriously, I said that the article appears in The Weekly Standard, and  I erroneously said that the magazine is owned by…

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“Social Impact Bonds” Included in ESSA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
“Social Impact Bonds,” which are a bonanza for financial investors like Goldman Sachs, is included in the new ESSA that passed the House yesterday. All efforts to strip it out must concentrate on…

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Jeff Bryant: Pass ESSA, But No Celebrations, Please

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeff Bryant has written the best analysis of the Every Students Succeeds Act that I have seen to date. It is fraught with problems and perils, but it ends the failed NCLB and…

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