Daily Archives: December 9, 2016

Does Eating a Free School Lunch Give Kids “an Empty Soul?”

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Just about everyone admits the importance of eating lunch – especially for growing kids in school. But if you get that lunch for free, does it leave you with “a full stomach and an empty soul”?…

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Texas Testing Confusion

Schools across Texas have been re-testing student that did not pass their STAAR exams on previous attempts. My confusion comes from looking at grade level in which many of our students take the test for the first time. At the … Continue reading

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Politico: Michigan is a Horrible Model for U.S. Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Caitlin Emma, Benjamin Wermund, and Kimberly Hefling, staff writers at politico.com, took a close look at Michigan and answered the question, what hath Betsy DeVos’s obsession with choice done to the schools of…

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Andre Perry: Reformers Should Not Criticize Trump When They Support His Policies

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andre Perry was one of the earliest charter school leaders in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and one of the few leaders of color. He became disillusioned with some parts of the reforms, especially…

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The Dangers of Addiction to Video Gaming

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Washington Post ran a deeply disturbing story about a boy who became addicted to multi-player video gaming on the Internet. His life was consumed with gaming. His parents were distraught. When they…

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William Doyle: Please, Mr. Trump, Put Betsy DeVos on a Plane to Finland ASAP

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Doyle is living in Finland as a scholar-in-residence at the University of Eastern Finland. ? In this post, he describes what Betsy DeVos would learn if she visited Finland. ? He writes:…

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Trump’s Choice for Secretary of Labor Loves Charters Schools, Hates Unions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
To learn more about Trump’s choice for Secretary of Labor, read what he wrote about how to reduce poverty in California.  ? In Andy Puzder’s worldview, when government tries to ameliorate poverty, it…

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CURMUDGUCATION: New Test Rules: Old Baloney

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: New Test Rules: Old Baloney New Test…

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Beyond the Classroom and School: District Technology Integration

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Over the years, I have written about differences between complicated and complex (see here). I pointed out the differences in those top-down, command-and-control organizations that launch rockets into space…

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