Daily Archives: October 3, 2017

Bookshelf: Pasi Sahlberg’s “FinnishEd Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The first thing to say about Pai Sahlberg is that you should read his superb book “Finnish Lessons.” It is the living evidence that we in the U.S. have lost our way. After…

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William Doyle: Yes, There is a Finnish-Style Public Elementary School in New York

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Doyle was a Fulbright Scholar in Finland, and his child attended the local school. When Doyle returned to New Tork City, he went in search of a Finnish-style public school and found…

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Rich kids are in pre-K while poor ones are with Grandma

If you’re still on the fence about whether quality early-childhood education matters, consider this: By age 3, inequality in the U.S. is clear: Rich children attend school. Poor kids stay with a grandparent or other caretaker, according to research by authors … Continue reading

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Where Betsy DeVos Is Spreading Federal Funds for Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Thanks to Leonie Haimson for assembling this information about the US ED plans to spread charter money. US ED announces more funding for charter schools nationwide, including 5 NYC charters, & yet another…

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Jennifer Berkshire: The Frightening Long-Term Goal of Betsy DeVos: MUST-READ!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jennifer Berkshire says that critics of Betsy DeVos and her family were wrong to write her off as a dummy. She has a long-term plan and is steadily moving towards it. Privatization of…

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The Perversion of the Second Amendment

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Founding Fathers did not anticipate the world as it is today. They laid out general principles for self-government. They surely did not imagine a people armed with semi-automatic weapons, bazookas, and machine…

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Lloyd Lofthouse Explains the Historical Context of the Second Amendment

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lloyd Lofthouse, military veteran and teacher, explains: Another reason for the 2nd Amendment was this: In 1800, 94-percent of the people lived in rural areas and there were two reasons for owning a…

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Guns and Profit – Why We’ll Do Absolutely Nothing New After This Las Vegas Shooting

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Wake up, America. We are not the land of the brave or the home of the free. We are the land of the gun and the home of the free market. Stephen Paddock’s killing spree last…

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Good News! Kansas Supreme Court Rules That Legislators Are Not Funding Schools Equitably

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas nearly bankrupted the State with his theory that cutting taxes would cause a huge economic boom. Taxes were cut but there was no boom. Meanwhile, the schools of…

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