“Repairable Harm” (Olson, 2010) suggests that the solution to the problem of students who remain classified as English Learners for long periods of time consists, among other things, of more careful preparation on tests of their progress, careful tracking, and “rigorous” instruction that includes explicit and direct teaching of the vocabulary, grammar and text structure […]

Sorry for the lapse in posting yesterday; I was driving back to Indiana for a visit. Now that I’m here, the dust settled a bit and I can continue from the midwest. In my preparations for the day, I ran across this post about technology in the classroom. Go ahead, take a minute to read […]

In Kalamazoo, preschool will be school Sent to the Detroit News, May 24, 2010 Kalamazoo is now putting more focus on literacy in preschool to prepare children for a more demanding kindergarten, which will include more instruction on reading, writing, science, history and math (“Kalamazoo schools create college culture,” May 24).Clearly, in Kalamazoo, preschool will […]

From Pedro Noguera, via The Nation: A New Vision of School Reform Pedro Noguera Before his election President Obama carved out what many regarded as a more progressive and enlightened position on education reform. Recognizing that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) had become widely unpopular because of its overemphasis on standardized tests, he declared, “Don’t […]

Conservative propagandist Jay P Greene will join Sandy Kress at the George W. Bush Institute. Kress is currently a lobbyist for TFA, NCTQ, Wireless Generation, Pearson, Texas Charter School Assocation, and more. Greene, of course, is one of the major proponents of privatization and anti-public school rhetoric, much of it funded through the Wal-Mart family […]