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Archive for April 2014

A response to David Brooks’ op-ed on the “clowns” opposing CC standards

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Why newspapers hire individuals to regularly offer the public unsubstantiated opinions baffles me. I am a researcher. Unless my posts are grounded in my personal experience, I offer my readers links to document my position on matters about which I write. David Brooks is an opinion writer. He publishes his opinions regularly in the New York Times (NYT) and has done so since 2003. Brooks is not a teacher.…

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Another great short animated video, this one all of 3 min 33 sec, by the indefatigable Robert Reich. There is no more important thing we can all do to “raise student achievement” in our schools than to keep our individual and collective focus on the obscene levels of income inequality we have allowed our great nation to not only tolerate, but accept as “the way things are.” Now is the time to remember the transforming influence of Charles Dickens in England, and Teddy Roosevelt in the US, and to believe that we can be similarly transformative in our own day. See here for an extended discussion of income inequality and student achievement.

Something everyone should know on tax day

Mr. Gradgrind and the Common Core ELA Standards

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joanne Yatvin, who served for many years as a teacher and principal in Oregon, is a literacy expert. She here expresses her view of the Common Core English Language Arts standards. ? What the Dickens is Education All About? Did you know that Charles Dickens denounced the Common Core Standards more than 150 years ago and didn’t think much of the value of…

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