Daily Archives: August 27, 2018

South Carolina: In Praise of Public Schools—and the Hillmans

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arnold Hillman is co-founder of the South Carolina Organization for Rural Schools, with his wife Carol. They retired as educators in Pennsylvania and moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina. But instead of relaxing,…

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Texas: Time to Pay the Bill for Special Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
An editorial in the Houston Chronicle brings up to date the story of Texas’ failure to pay the cost of educating students with disabilities. “Imagine being a teacher and told not to bother…

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Oakland Parent to EWA: Charters Are Killing Our Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Recently the Education Writers Association Blog posted a “debate” between distinguished economist Helen Ladd of Duke University and charter advocate Robin Lake of the Center for Reinventing Public Education about whether charter schools…

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Fiddling with Time in Classrooms: Whatever Happened to Block Scheduling?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Time in school is a precious resource. State policymakers determine how many days a year schools will be open; district boards of education decide when school will open in…

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WeAreTeachers: A Site Worth Checking Out

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
While surfing the web, I found an interesting site, WeAreTeachers, which describes itself as follows: WeAreTeachers is an online media brand for educators committed to one of the toughest, most rewarding jobs…

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No One Ever Remembered a Teacher for Raising Standardized Test Scores

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? It’s the day before school begins. ? I’m out to eat with my family and have just taken a big bite of a juicy beef taco. ? That’s when I notice someone standing right next…

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Linda Darling Hammond: Note to DeVos: Teachers Do Not Need Guns

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Linda Darling Hammond writes that arming teachers and expelling students will not make schools safer. It might make them dangerous. “In response to the rash of school shootings in the United States, Education…

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Can You Solve This Pearson Test Question?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article appeared in the business section of the New York Times. Author James B. Stewart decided to try to answer a sample question that is supposedly representative of the admissions test that…

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Teacher: The Tests are “Academic Death Traps”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader who identifies as “Rage Against the Testocracy” writes: I have administered every grade 8 math and ELA NYS test since the start of NCLB (2001) through June 2018. I sat out…

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Robert Shepherd: A Public Service Announcement about Common Core Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robert Shepherd, teacher, author, curriculum and assessment designer, writes a warning to consumers: How to Prevent Another PARCC Mugging: A Public Service Announcement The Common Core Curriculum Commissariat College and Career Ready Assessment…

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