If The Plan Is to Kill Us With Tests, Then We Will Kill the Tests

As Michael Winerip points out in his commentary below, the line has been drawn between those who believe that a 26 point margin or error is good enough to make high stakes education policy decisions, and those who now ask Cuomo, Bloomberg, Duncan, and Gates: “Have you no shame?” Join us in Occupying the DOE […]

@uniting4kids puts out a fact sheet in a rather interesting bill in CO, HB 12-1091

Here’s a link to the PDF. So, the bill: HB12-1091 – Gives policy leaders the opportunity to direct taxpayer dollars to proven evidence based preschool programs and provide 3,000 young children real opportunities to learn and achieve. More than 8,000 at risk children are eligible and waiting for the Colorado Preschool Program. The problem? Well, […]

Will Arne Duncan Please Answer Valerie Strauss

Valerie Strauss asks the billion dollar question and the emperor is buck naked. Why don’t top private schools adopt corporate-driven reforms? By Valerie Strauss This was written by Bruce D. Baker, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This first appeared on his School Finance 101 […]

Interesting text on #TFA and their wild “experiments”

An interesting text linked for me on Twitter. Check it out, never read it. But I do wonder if the TFA experience is not just some grand experiment, working on the kids and communities where both the “teachers” and the reform advocates don’t have any “skin” in the game, so to speak. They don’t live […]

See press release for @unitedoptout

Here’s a link to a recent press release sent by United Opt Out on their event coming up on March 30th.

#Edreform discussion via #SOSchat

Join in the fun, every Tuesday at 9PM EST.

Why Bill Gates Makes Me Throw Up

The chart above shows market capitalization trends for Apple and Microsoft over just two months in 2010. To show that this trend of Microsoft’s failing hegemony is not a fluke, here is another showing operating income from devices running Apple and Microsoft systems from 2007 to 2011(click either to enlarge). So while Bill Gates’s company […]

@assailedteacher calls for a strike in NY

I remember a strike at my elementary school. Teachers were holding signs at the end of the long driveway that lead up to our school, which is now a soccer field. I can imagine that as a student, I was just glad our school year was delayed. Assailed Teacher has a thought or two on […]

@schoolsmatter on the Common Core

How grassroots is grassroots? Kind of like the definition of cage free hens or something. They have access to out of doors, which really means that a door is cracked open, but the hen is too heavy, too drugged up, and too deformed to take advantage. Steven Krashen says it well: How can anybody doubt […]

School shooting in Ohio

Just a quick comment, a terrible thing about that shooting at an Ohio high school. Here’s CNN’s coverage.  I happened to look at some of the comments on the article; I lost all hope for humanity.

Common core standards/national tests = a classic grassroots movement?

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:“The idea that the Common Core standards are nationally-imposed is a conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy. The Common Core academic standards were both developed and adopted by the states …” https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/statement-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan-1 How can anybody doubt this? The Common Core/National tests movement was a classic spontaneous grass roots movement. […]

Very excited to be speaking this week at the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Myself along with some colleagues will be speaking at the Education Summit for the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, AL. This should be a great experience, check out their website here. Here’s the schedule for the entire event. I hope, I hope, I hope I can do the topic justice, on civil rights and […]

Resolution opposing common core standards and national tests

Resolution submitted to NCTE opposing common core standards and national tests. Did not survive NCTE Resolutions Committee, was not presented to NCTE members for voting. Resolution on National Standards and TestsSubmitted to National Council of Teachers of English, Committee on Resolutions, via e-mail, on October 10, 2011, for consideration during the Annual Convention in Chicago, […]

Man with autism sings the National Anthem, gets some help.

You know, this is just really nice, amazingly nice. Had to share it. Enjoy.

First They Came for the Teachers

“It seems completely wrong,” Ms. Kahn said, adding that one of the co-teachers in the sixth grade did not even get a rating, in an apparent mistake. Publicly humiliating teachers is wrong but decades of measuring test scores, students and policies like Race to the Top have made it more difficult to discern right from […]

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