Daily Archives: August 13, 2018

Whatever Happened to Direct Instruction? (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Nothing. It has been and is ubiquitous in teacher lessons. So why even mention it? Because there is no one version of direct instruction (see here, here, and here)…

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Valerie Strauss: “Arne Duncan Never Learns”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss read Arne Duncan’s book. There is nothing Duncan did or said during his seven years as Secretary of Education that moved us beyond the stale and failed ideas in George W.…

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Jan Resseger: How High-Stakes Testing is Ruining Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In this post, Jan Resseger reminds us why Daniel Koretz’s book, The Testing Charade, is essential reading. Read this book about the failure of NCLB and Race to the Top before you listen…

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Louisiana’s Falling School Scores: Many “A’s” Expected to Become “C’s”(?)

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On August 05, 2018, the New Orleans Advocate included this article about the anticipated drop in Louisiana’s school performance scores, set to be released in the fall of 2018. The title of the article is, “You…

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Indiana: Voucher Study Finds Negative Effects of Vouchers on Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
More bad news for the voucher advocates. Another study reports that students in Indiana who used vouchers lose ground academically. The authors are R. Joseph Waddington and Mark Berends. Here is the abstract:…

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Paradoxes of Efficiency in Education (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Introducing an innovation to increase efficiency ending up with more inefficiency is a paradox. Most obviously, it occurs in transportation: fuel efficient cars that get more miles per gallon…

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Replace Betsy DeVos with LeBron James!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Newsweek wrote here about a petition that is gathering thousands of signatures, calling for the replacement of Betsy DeVos by LeBron James. Neither is an educator, but LeBron James has a heart, loves…

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Betsy DeVos: Stealing from Students to Enrich For-Profit Colleges

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Is Betsy DeVos the meanest woman in America? She has just taken the steps needed to remove protections from students defrauded by predatory for-profit “colleges.” Like others in the despicable Trump maladministration, DeVos…

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