Daily Archives: May 21, 2018

Duncan: Boycott School Until Gun Laws Change

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
From Politico: http://go.politicoemail.com/?qs=a8819ffdba886e83b7c4b7e9447e0f614494b9994482676291400987dd143413eed42ba36463da19708686f05a958978 Former Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan endorsed the notion of pulling all public school children out of school until gun laws change. Duncan’s former aide, Peter Cunningham, tweeted on Friday:…

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Philadelphia: Project Based Learning and Standardized Tests Don’t Mix

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article by Amadou Diallo in The Hechinger Report describes schools in Philadelphia that rely on project based learning rather than standardized testing. Unlike many such articles, it acknowledges the differences between schools…

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Democracy’s Schools: A Good Read

Originally posted on tultican:
The unprecedented pan American public education system arose between the end of the Revolutionary War and the beginning of the Civil War. In Democracy’s Schools, Johann Neem explains the origins of the egalitarian spirit manifested in…

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Stop Talking, You Sound Ridiculous

On Friday, May 18, 2018, there was yet another school shooting. This time in a town just south of Houston, Texas. This was closely followed by many hollow expressions of “prayers and concerns” for the victims and their families. BUT … Continue reading

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William Mathis: Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center, wrote this post for the Blog. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” A Closer Look at the Changing School Privatization…

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Ralph Ratto: What Are They Doing to My District?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Read this story if you want to understand why teachers need tenure and unions. Ralph Ratto is in a state of shock. His small district is successful by current measures. But a new…

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Modernizing Education Starts With Questioning Our Assumptions

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? When it comes to education, we take an awful lot for granted. ? For example, we look at learning almost entirely from a behavioral standpoint. ? Teachers provide inputs. Students give outputs. And those outputs…

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Higher-End Private Schools Aren’t Buying Into Betsy DeVos’ Voucher Crusade

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On May 16, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation at a breakfast in New York. Then, for the first time as US secretary of education, she visited two schools…

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“This Is School in America Now”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a powerful article about how schools are responding to the culture of gun violence. Why is this happening? Could it be because we have a Congress and a President whose loyalty…

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John Thompson: The Broad Superintendents and Their Agenda, Part 3

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher in Oklahoma, has written a three-part series about the Broad Superintendents and its graduates. This is part 3. He writes: In 2007, when Broad Academy graduate, John Q.…

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