Daily Archives: January 13, 2016

Charter Cheerleader Reed Hastings Sets Up $100 Million Fund for More “Reforms”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Billionaire Reed Hasting, founder of Netflix, announced that he will create a fund with $100 million for the “reforms” he favors. He is a huge supporter of charter schools. Reed Hastings doesn’t like…

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Spellings Brings Boston Consulting Group to Assess UNC Administration

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Margaret Spellings, who will assume the presidency of the University of North Carolina system in March, will begin with a report from the Boston Consulting Group. The management consultants are known for their…

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The College Board Still Has Not Delivered Many Oct 2015 PSAT Scores

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
After failing to deliver October 2015 PSAT scores by its initially-promised, mid-December deadline, the College Board re-promised to have those scores electronically available to school counselors by January 6, 2016, and to…

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Vicki Abeles: Choose Between Test Stress and Health

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Vicki Abeles is the author of “Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation,” and director and producer of the documentaries “Race to Nowhere” and “Beyond Measure.” She recently wrote an important article in…

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Myra Blackmon: How Testing Undermines Real Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Myra Blackmon, a regular education writer in Athens, Georgia, concludes that our current emphasis on high-stakes testing is the antithesis of good education. “I am sick to death of these demands for college…

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Why Do the Media Cry “Crisis” About Public Schools? Why Do They Ignore the Voices of Teachers?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas spent many years as a high school teacher in rural South Carolina before becoming a professor at Furman University. As those of you who have followed his writings know, Thomas is…

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Donald Trump is A Problem, Not The Problem

Originally posted on 34justice:
Last September, Frank Rich wrote an article for New York Magazine entitled “The Importance of Donald Trump: Far from destroying our democracy, he’s exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is…

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Teachers, Learning Styles, and Using Data to Drive Instruction

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Everyone likes data that back their prejudices. Academics call it “confirmation bias.” It runs rife among U.S. Presidents, state governors, legislators, school district policymakers, and Moms and Dads. I…

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Schneider’s ESSA Digest, Part IV (Switching Documents)

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On December 18, 2015, I began writing a series of posts on the Every Student Achieves Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). I…

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This was the way public sector unions had to go down, if they do go down #Friedrichs

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