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A Theory of Dreaming

Originally posted on Bob Shepherd | Praxis:
The American philosopher Eric Switzgebel has made a name for himself in recent years by challenging a lot of what people think they know, and, in particular, by challenging what people think they alone…

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ASD Holes

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
I think the secret to happiness is to unfollow Twitter accounts that make you angry. About a year ago I realized this and I unfollowed most of the ‘reformers’ that I followed. This…

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Texas Historian: Yes, Teach Texas History: All of It!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a law (House Bill 2497) creating „The Texas 1836 Project,” intended to teach the true history of Texas and demonstrate its core values and patriotism. Historians across the country worried that yet another state … Continue reading

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Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams is Prepared to Thin-Spread NYC’s “Great Teachers”

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Eric Adams is running for mayor of New York City. He wants to assign hundreds of students to a single teacher because technology could allow it, and it costs less. Of course,…

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Why Has Teacher-Directed Instruction Largely Remained Stable over the Past Century? (Part 4)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
This series of post examined the remarkable stability over time of certain teaching practices that I have labeled, teacher-directed instruction. What I offer is an explanation, not a verifiable…

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Why Has Teacher-Directed Instruction Remained Largely Stable over the Past Century? (Part 3)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The answers I provide for why classroom practices have remained largely stable over decades, even when counting modest changes teachers have made in routine activities, are hardly exhaustive. Nonetheless,…

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How Has Teacher-Directed Instruction Changed over the Past Century? (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Yes, even traditional teaching in public schools has changed. Incremental alterations in teacher-directed lessons have occurred over the past century. In the technologies used during lessons, managing student behaviors…

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An Enduring Puzzle about Teaching in the U.S. (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Historians of education often pose puzzling questions about the past. Sure, some historians answer narrow but important questions such as: How and why did Head Start become a national…

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The Downside of Data-Driven Education — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Jerry Z. Muller wrote a warning about how data-driven organizations can distort their own goals and purposes. In education, we have known about the dangers of incentives for test scores for a long time. In 1976, sociologist Donald Campbell that … Continue reading

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William Gumbert: Dallas ISD Public Schools Significantly Outperform Dallas Charter Schools — Diane Ravitch’s blog

William Gumbert has written a series of posts demonstrating that students who attend public schools in Texas consistently get better results than those in charter schools. In this post, he shows that the regular public schools in Dallas outperform the … Continue reading

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