Daily Archives: January 19, 2016

Boston: Parents Protest $50 Million Budget Deficit, Cuts to Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mayor Marty Walsh will give his state of the city speech tomorrow at Symphony Hall, and parents plan to protest the schools’ $50 million budget deficit. ? The parents are taking aim at…

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Peter Greene: There is a Place for Gentleness in the Classroom

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene makes the case for gentleness in the classroom. First he quotes the guru of gentleness, who says it is a sign of strength not weakness. Then he cites a teacher who…

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Report: Never Say “Please” to Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
NPR shared a story about the latest crowd control technique in the classroom: Give orders. Never say “please.” ? It is called “no-nonsense nurturing,” although it is hard to see the nurture part…

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What Martin Luther King Jr. Wrote About Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a universal man, a man who spoke to the aspirations of people of conscience everywhere, in every land. We honor him today for teaching us about justice,…

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Do Vouchers Increase Integration?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Answer to question: Of course not! ? Count on the Friedman Foundation to prove that the world really is flat, despite what you may have heard. Sure enough, FF claims that vouchers lead…

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A Black Parent: Is Dr. King’s Dream Turning into a Nightmare

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This post was written by a black parent in Massachusetts. Her son attends a charter school. She is worried about the “preschool-to-prison pipeline.” She wrote: “Because we may listen to the speeches of…

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Steven Singer: High-Stakes Testing is not a Civil Right

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer, a teacher and blogger in Pennsylvania, takes on the myth that high-stakes testing is a civil rights issue. It is curious that this myth gained any traction, because civil rights groups…

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Paul Thomas on the Radical Dr. King

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas of Furman University in South Carolina has assembled a selection of readings that present Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as an active radical, eager to shake up the existing order, a…

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Yohuru Williams: Dr. King Believed in Unions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
On the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many politicians will praise his legacy even as they act in ways that betray his ideals. Yohuru Williams, a professor of history at Fairfield…

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LA Times Outdoes Its Broad Worship

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Los Angeles Times has a love affair with the privatization of public schools; it is wild about the idea of outsourcing control of students and funding to private management. Just a few…

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