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Archive for July 2014

“improving educational outcomes is a hard, messy, complicated process”

This thoughtful article on Sweden’s ten years’ experiment with “choice” in public education, by Ray Fisman, Professor of Economics at the Columbia Business School, places our own nation’s infatuation with “choice” in a useful context. As Fisman writes at the end of this article, “Simply opening the floodgates to more education entrepreneurs doesn’t disrupt education. It’s just plain disruptive.” Enjoy the read! Sweden’s School Choice Disaster Every three years, Americans […]

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Originally posted on DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing:
We all know who Libertarian Ron Paul was referring to in this quote, but who is it really true about? ? Will this Huffington post report by Christina Wilkie  and Joy Resmovits report be tossed in the collective circular files of those in power or will it be attacked as more from the radical left? I am not radical left. I am…

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Linda Darling-Hammond on the “achievement gap”

  Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education has just posted the excellent HuffPost Op-Ed piece (see here) you’ll read below. What will make a genuine difference to student achievement, she argues, is to significantly reduce our reliance on testing, acknowledge the compelling socio-economic factors that favor higher achievement of students of affluent parents, and turn our attention to improved teacher training and ongoing professional […]

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