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Robert Reich on widening inequality in school funding

  Jonathan Kozol alerted us to the growing disparities between richer and poorer schools and school districts with his eloquent Savage Inequalities (see here). Now Robert Reich brings us up to date with an even more sobering view of this widening gap (see here). Viewed from this perspective, our current obsession with all the remarkable changes in student learning that will be wrought with the implementation of the Common Core […]

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michelle rhee’s real legacy: masking the importance of child poverty

Matt Bruenig of Salon.com has written a trenchant and sobering assessment of Michelle Rhee’s relatively brief tenure as the national “face of educational reform” (see here). His main point can’t be emphasized often enough, especially concerning the unspoken complicity of extraordinarily wealthy philanthropists in financially promoting educational reform while effectively diverting our attention from their own active or tacit contribution to one of the root causes of disparate student achievement: […]

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Countering the false narrative of our national educational reform movement (NERM)

In this exceptionally powerful and concisely written 8/5/14 post (see here),Diane Ravitch alerts readers to the wide range of documentry films that help to expose the soft underbelly of the corporate educational reform movement. I join with Diane in urging the showing of these films at PTA meetings, churches, and commmunity centers, so that an informed public can begin to engage in genuine debate on these vital issues. Diane’s post […]

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“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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WHY ISN’T THIS INDOCTRINATION CRIMINAL?

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? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/16/koch-brothers-education_n_5587577.html 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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