Monthly Archives: December 2016

Stuart Egan: What Frank Capra Could Teach Betsy DeVos About Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At the family Christmas dinner in New Jersey, someone asked the question, “What is the best Christmas movie of all time?” There were many suggestions, but the consensus was Frank Capra’s “It’s a…

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From 2011: Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools | From BustED Pencils

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
From BustED Pencils blog… Had the good fortune tonight of having someone on Facebook share this article written by Joanne Barkan in 2011. We continue to preach the truth…

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CURMUDGUCATION: The Only Subjects That Matter

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational “reform” while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education. Source: CURMUDGUCATION: The Only Subjects That Matter ? The…

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CURMUDGUCATION: 12 Reasons To Evaluate Teachers

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational “reform” while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education. Source: CURMUDGUCATION: 12 Reasons To Evaluate Teachers ? 12…

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The Great Unwinding of Public Education: Detroit and DeVos

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
Privatization of all things public has slammed Detroit as gentrifying investors seek to put price tags on what was previously public domain. In predatory fashion, privatizers are targeting the…

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Rev. Barber: We Will Take Back Our Country, by Moral Means

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reverend William Barber of Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of the great moral forces of our age. He launched the Moral Mondays movement in his state, which brings citizens to the state capitol…

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Goodbye, 2016, and Good Riddance – Top 10 Blog Post by Me From a Crappy Year

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Is it just me or did 2016 really stink? Both personally and publicly, it was a year I’d rather not revisit. I lost family. I lost idols (RIP, David Bowie and Prince). And we lost a…

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Rebecca Mead: Betsy DeVos and the Plan to Break Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rebecca Mead, staff writer at The anew Yorker, outlines the advantages that Betsy DeVos offers: ? She has no ties to Vladimir Putin; she hasn’t spread fake news; she apparently has no plans…

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Peter Greene: A Rare Occasion When Reformers Admit Defeat

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene listened to a podcast produced by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and made a shocking discovery: One of the leading figures of the reform movement–Checker Finn–acknowledged that after 20 years of…

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How Trump’s Education Nominee Bent Detroit to Her Will on Charter Schools

Originally posted on Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog:
By KATE ZERNIKEDEC. 12, 2016 NYTimes Few disagreed that schools in Detroit were a mess: a chaotic mix of charters and traditional public schools, the worst-performing in the nation. So…

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