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Tag Archive for ‘achievement gap’

Martin Luther and Walt Disney as Teachers of Reading

As a university supervisor of secondary level student teachers in English at San Jose State, I’ve spent a good deal of time over the past three decades observing students at the middle and high school levels reading and responding to what they read. Often, as I observe these classrooms, I see teachers behaving as if the Lutheran revolution was the only game in town.   You know the general story. Luther […]

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Holiday Greetings from the Walton Family Foundation

[Gordon Lafer, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center] Jennifer Berkshire, educational investigative reporter extraordinaire and blogger under the moniker of “EduShyster,” has recently entered an exceptional, and exceptionally important, blog posting (see here). It’s an interview with Gordon Lafer [decidedly NOT to be confused with economist Arthur Laffer),  a political economist and an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center. […]

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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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