Daily Archives: January 8, 2021

Betsy DeVos Resigns, Citing Trump’s Support for Insurrection

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
With only a few days left in Trump’s term of office, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned. She says she objected to his rhetoric in inciting the insurrection of his devoted loyalists. This…

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Nancy Bailey: Seven Concerns for Public Schools This Year

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nancy Bailey is hopeful that 2021 will bring a new agenda for public schools and their students and teachers. All are worried about the pandemic and whether there will be the resources to…

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The Trump Insurrection of 2021

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Like everyone else, I was stunned by the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. I followed the proceedings from the start to see what stunt Trump might pull. I watched as the…

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Pasi Sahlberg: Australian Education Is Declining Because It Followed the U.S. Model

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In the early 2000s, media mogul Rupert Murdoch brought New York City Chancellor Joel Klein to Australia to spread the word about the “New York City Miracle.” This alleged miracle was as phony…

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Valerie Strauss: Growing Number of States Want Waivers from Annual Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss writes in her Washington Post blog called “The Answer Sheet” about the growing number of states that want waivers from the federal requirement for annual testing. DeVos granted waivers last year…

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What I Told My Students About Yesterday’s Attempted Trump Coup

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
The moment I had been dreading happened. Student names started popping up on my screen waiting to be admitted into this morning’s first Zoom meeting. What was I going to say to them? Yesterday in Washington,…

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New Education Secretary, Dr. Miguel Cardona, Should Not Require Annual Standardized Testing in This COVID-19 School Year

Originally posted on janresseger:
Last weekend, the NY Times editorialized to demand that President Elect Joe Biden’s new Secretary of Education promptly “clear the wreckage” from Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education. The newspaper is correct to criticize Betsy DeVos’s abandonment…

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