Daily Archives: March 9, 2016

Tech Entrepreneurs Gather in Austin

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Caitlin Emma reports in Politico from the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, where thousands of ed tech entrepreneurs meet and greet: ? ? DISPATCH FROM SXSWedu: Thousands of students have indicated that they’re…

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Join Me in a Webinar Tomorrow Night!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tomorrow night, the NPE Action Fund is hosting a webinar and fund-raiser. ? The NPE Action Fund is the political arm of the Network for Public Education. We endorse candidates, we help activists…

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Tennessee: The State Where Kids Come Last

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The blogger known as “Dad Gone Wild” lives in Chattanooga, and he is astonished by the Tennessee Department of Education’s inability to schedule and complete the state testing. First, it was all going…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is a Public High School Graduate: Would He Stand with Us?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Washington Post profiled Tim Cook, CEO of one of the world’s most valuable companies. Cook graduated from the high school in Robertsdale, Alabama, in 1978. ? It was there, faced with stark…

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Laura Chapman: Grit and Data Mining

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our reader Laura Chapman has unearthed another tentacle of corporate reform, in the business of rating schools and data mining. She writes: “Here is another example of the problem. “Angela Duckworth of Grit…

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Paul Thomas: The Hoax of Accountability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas, professor at Furman University in South Carolina and former high school teacher, warns of the risks of relying on standards and accountability to fix poverty. ? South Carolina has families trapped…

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Here Comes “Personalized Learning”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As we have seen again and again, in the rhetoric  of the Gates Foundation, Mark Zuckerberg, and assorted tech entrepreneurs, “personalized learning” means learning on a machine. In typical corporate reform talk, where…

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New Mexico: Audrey Amrein-Beardsley on the Trial of VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As I posted yesterday, the judge in the New Mexico trial of teacher evaluation based on test scores has been delayed. ? Audrey Amrein-Beardsley explains the delay here.  ? The good news is…

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