Monthly Archives: April 2020

Bald Piano Guy Serenades Betsy DeVos!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Bald Piano Guy is a very clever New Ayork City public school teacher who posts musical videos on YouTube expressing his views about education and politics, always with a smile. In this…

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This is What National Leadership Looks Like: Angela Merkel

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Angela Merkel’s political star appeared to be on the decline until the pandemic erupted across the world. Suddenly Germany had exactly the leader it needed. An experienced public figure with a scientific background…

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Pearson and COVID-19: At Least We Have Connections Academy

Originally posted on deutsch29:
The widespread cancellation of standardized testing across America during this COVID-19 pandemic had me wondering about Pearson Learning (PSO as it is known in the stock market), a mammoth education corporation located in the United Kingdom…

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Peter Greene: A Pathetic Attempt, Funded by Billionaires, to Revive the Big Standatdized Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Once again, Peter Greene has done us a great favor by reading a tedious billionaire-funded report that tries to prove what we know to be absurd: that the students and teachers of these…

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Jeff Bryant: How Betsy DeVos Is Using the Pandemic to Push Her Privatization Agenda for Charters and Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeff Bryant has kept tabs on Betsy DeVos, who is quietly turning the pandemic into an opportunity to advance her personal agenda of privatizing public schools. She is not going to let this…

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HBO’s “Bad Education” Aims at Public School Theft While Ignoring More Frequent Fraud at Charter Schools & Testing Companies

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? “Bad Education” is a frustrating movie to watch as a public school teacher. ? It does a fine job telling the true story of a wealthy New York district where administrators stole millions of dollars…

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The Coming Recession Threatens Severe Cuts to Public Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
An economic recession is inevitable and public schools are likely to suffer. Across many states, the public schools have finally recovered from deep cuts to state funding during the 2008 recession; other states have not yet…

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Some Friends Of TFA Join In On The Teacher Bashing During a Pandemic

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
A big topic among teacher bashing reformers, nowadays, is now easy teachers have it as they attempt to work remotely.  In my last post I wrote about how some prominent reformers found no…

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What I Hope We Will Learn from the Pandemic

Originally posted on Bob Shepherd | Praxis:
Distance learning is a crock, and teachers are really, really important. Close confinement of animals meant for food (not only in wet markets like the one in Wuhan but in factory farms, from which…

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Washington Post: Trump’s Claims About WHO Were Wrong

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Trump froze funding to the World Health Organization on grounds that it had not given forewarning about the virus but had parroted the Chinese government line that it was contained. Dr. Birx dutifully…

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