Monthly Archives: April 2018

NY Educators: Don’t Fall for the Old Okeydoke

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Marla Kilfoyle, teacher and executive director of the Badass Teachers Association, wrote this article. She warns teachers not to fall for the line of Bali net that they will hear from Andrew…

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Anya Kamenetz: “A Nation at Risk” Cooked the Books

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? In this report by NPR journalist Anya Kamenetz, we learn that the famous 1983 report “A Nation at Risk,” we learn that the Reagan-era Commission “cooked the books.” Kamenetz interviewed two of…

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Burning Down the House at TEDxCCSU – Speaking Truth to Power with a BOOM!

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Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
There’s a reason our society rarely hands teachers the microphone. We’ll tell you the truth. Oh, we’re too good mannered to be brazen about it. We’d rather encourage you for trying than criticize you for getting…

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Arizona: Ducey Offers a Deal with No Details, No New Taxes, No Negotiation with Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The Blog for Arizona describes the inside story of the Arizona teachers’ strike and Governor Doug Ducey’s feckless efforts to stop the strike without making any concrete concessions to teachers. “Doug Ducey,…

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Reader: The Non-Miracle of Success Academy’s Graduating Class of 17 Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The senior class at Success Academy’s Liberal Arts High School has 17 members. When they started in kindergarten, there were 73 students. By the end of eighth grade, there were 32 students.…

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James Harvey and David Berliner: What “A Nation at Risk” Got Wrong, and What We Must Change

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? “A Nation at Risk” was published in 1983. It launched the false narrative that American public schools were failing. The nation was in recession, and the authors of the report blamed the…

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Public Schools and Educational Inequality: Some Further Thoughts (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
With A Nation at Risk report issued in 1983 and subsequent shifts in policy such as higher curriculum standards, more testing, and accountability for results at school and district…

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Leonie Haimson: A Very Bad Week for Mayor de Blasio

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Leonie Haimson describes Mayor Bill de Blasio’s very bad, horrible week, in which he slandered teachers by saying they complain too much and closed a high school for struggling students over the…

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Financial Forecast for K12 Inc. Looking Bleak

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The nation’s largest virtual charter chain, K12 Inc., has consistently gotten low marks for its academic results. Founded by junk bond king Michael Milken, it is listed on the New York Stock…

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Who Owns the Schools? The Public or the Rich Elites?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Lisa Haver and Deborah Grill pose this question in an incisive article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  There was a national media flap when billionaire investor Stephen Schwarzman offered his alma mater in…

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