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Archive for April 2014

Arne Duncan: a terrific basketball payer but a disastrous Secretary of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson raises a provocative and important question: who is inflicting more damage on teachers and students? Tea Party extremists like North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory or Secretary of Education Arne Duncan? Thompson, a teacher and historian, describes the assault on teachers in North Carolina, whose governor and Legislature seem determined to destroy public education by expanding vouchers and charters and to dismantle…

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the push-back against Arne Duncan’s power grab begins

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Washington State thoughtfully rejected Arne Duncan’s threat to cancel its waiver from the absurd demands of No Child Left Behind. The decision to say no to federal demands and intimidation was bipartisan. The Legislature refused to bend to Duncan’s insistence that the state adopt test-based evaluation, which has consistently failed across the nation and has been declared inaccurate by the nation’s leading scholarly…

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“creative disruption” and educational reform

the power of naming

Readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that there is an intent behind the large numbers of students who will be deemed “below proficient” or “well below proficient” when the results of the spring 2015 CCSS tests are announced next fall. As Jeb Bush said last August: “There will be a painful adjustment period as schools and students adapt to higher expectations. Just look at the results […]

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This video was produced by an organization called The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, with managing director Ralph Smith. I heard Smith speak, and saw this video, at the NBPTS Conference on Teaching and Learning in Washington DC in mid-March of this year. I would recommend showing this very short video (which can be found on YouTube by entering “The Statisticks Lottery”) to any parent, school administrator, politician, or ed-tech entrepreneur who makes the absurd claim that three excellent teachers in a row will overcome the effects of poverty on student achievement. The best response to such nauseating assertions about ‘fixing’ public education, of course, is that most effective way to reverse the effects of poverty is to demand a living minimum wage and actively lobby for a reverse of the national tax policies that got us here in the first place.

the connection between poverty and school achievement memorably displayed

gathering at the ed-tech feeding trough

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Starting today, the nation’s leading entrepreneurs will gather for their annual conference at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, to exchange ideas about the ongoing monetization, privatization, innovation, and profits in the education “industry.” This summit was originally organized by Michael Moe, who has for years predicted that the education sector could be monetized. He was right. His company—GSV stands for Global Silicon…

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Why Doesn’t the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In story after story, the New York Times consistently misses the essence of the controversy surrounding Common Core. ? Today’s New York Times gives its lead article on page 1, column right, top of the fold, to the battle raging within the Republican party, about the Common Core. On one side is Jeb Bush, standing up for the Common Core standards (presumably a…

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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Here’s an important and insightful article from Thursday’s Huffington Post by the altogether admirable and seemingly indefatiguable Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.   As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. The results of that decision are clear. In the coming months and years the Koch brothers and other extraordinarily […]

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