Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Norway Changes Its Name to Shithole

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? I discourage use of profanity but when the President of The US introduces certain words into public discourse, the rules change. Norway announced that it was renaming itself Shithole to show solidarity…

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Pasi Sahlberg Moving to Australia to Battle GERM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Pasi Sahlberg, the great Finnish educator, has accepted a major research post at the well-funded Gonski Institute of Education in Australia. He will have a wonderful platform to continue his research into…

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Inequality, School Privatization, and the Oligarchs Who Benefit

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jelmer Evers, Dutch scholar and teacher, draws together the seemingly disparate strands that connect the rise of neo-fascist movements, attacks on democracy, growing inequality, and the oligarchs’ determination to privatize public schools. https://medium.com/@jelmerevers/making-sense-of-2017-4a6ad6c81a0e?source=linkShare-be5f73ebb482-1515918250…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspires Young Children Today

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? At a time when the White House is a source of vulgarity and racism, it is inspiring to read about the young children who entered a contest to display their understanding of…

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History Lesson: The Founders Cared about Education Before the Constitution Was Adopted

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We often hear that the word “education” is not included in the U.S. Constitution. That is true, but it does not mean that the Founding Fathers were indifferent to the importance of education.…

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A Proposal: What to Do About Testing So It Is Used Appropriately

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, we have allowed standardized testing to swamp our schools, stigmatize our students, and demoralize teachers. For years, test publishers warned against the misuse of tests.…

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The Language Police Are Back (Psst: They Never Went Away)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? Much has been written about the ludicrous banning of words at various government agencies.words like “climate change” and “fetus” and “diversity” are on the outs in government documents, while Nazi rallies…

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Michigan: Ellen Cogen Lipton, a Great Ally of Public Schools, Is Running For Congress!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? When I visited Michigan in the past few years, I met an extraordinarily smart and dedicated friend of public schools. Her name is Ellen Cogen Lipton. As a state legislator, she was…

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New Jersey: Hurrah, the Christie Era is Dead!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? Jersey Jazzman celebrates the end of the horrible Chris Christie administration. Christie was openly hostile to teachers and public schools. It’s over! Christie loved charter schools and made a habit of…

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John Oliver on Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Oliver explores the seamy side of unregulated, unsupervised charter schools. The charter school idea sounds good. They say they will “save” poor children from “failing public schools.” They say they will be…

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