Today @garyrubinstein tweeted a blog post written by a soon to be TFA teacher in Oklahoma about how disappointed s/he is to discover s/he’ll be teaching in a charter school rather than a traditional public school, where s/he assumes all the teachers must be old, jaded, and apathetic. S/he’s afraid s/he won’t be able to make […]
The #USDOE releases yet another initiative, corporate inspiration included, but subtle #ce12 #edtech
Full press release pasted below. But first, saw this in my inbox today. It’s about celebrating so-called “connected educators” during the month of August. I go through it, blah blah blah, online communities, blah blah, collaboration, blah blah. So, all right, pretty innocent, uninspired, then I see this little paragraph: Online communities and learning networks […]
Rachel Levy made some excellent points on her blog yesterday in a post entitled, “So You Think You Can Be an Entrepreneur?” The main idea is that corporate reformers’ attempts to impose business practices, business ideology, and even business language on public education is rather silly, and, more importantly, harmful. Rachel’s focus was on the […]
From the Detroit Free Press: “We’re not saying end testing,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which is holding its annual convention at Cobo Center in Detroit starting today and running through Monday. Why not? Why not end testing in the public schools? It surely would not be harmful to […]
Science Education: The Problem is Poverty, not Lack of High Standards Sent to Scientific American, July 31, 2012 Scientific American thinks that high science standards are the reason some states do better than others on science tests (Can the US get an ‘A’ in Science? August 2012). There is no evidence this is so. The […]
So, in a post from yesterday, I weighed in on the usefulness of algebra. I’m not a math educator, so I did my best. But when I read the original NYT piece, I thought, “That’s not just a coincidence, algebra I mean. Why not Trig or Pre-calc? There’s something about algebra, I’ve heard this before.” […]
Instead of worrying about applying the standards, we should be resisting them. To do this, we have to work together.
The Common Core Standards is a tsunami that will destroy all of us unless it is stopped. It is going to cost billions, bleeding money from where it is badly needed and it will soon impose what can only be described as an astonishing amount of testing. All this is happening under false pretenses. There […]
Here’s the original article from the NYT Sunday. Basically, a political scientist (I know, right? What the hell are education researchers doing with all of their time anyway?) argues that math requirements are too stringent and discourage some students from completing their education. On the one hand, we have a post here from Dan Willingham […]
You’ve heard about this, right? A misguided FL lackey for StudentsLast is bribing parents with $5 gift cards to post “reformy” comments on blogs, or whatever. I’ve included this individual’s Twitter handle in the title to this post. Tell her what you think, even though the account is protected. Some activist. And that picture, rock […]
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Who would have ever imagined that Pearson would be at the epicenter of the final quake? By MORGAN SMITH In 2006, a math pilot program for middle school students in a Dallas-area district returned surprising results. The students’ improved grasp of mathematical concepts stunned Walter Stroup, the University of Texas at Austin professor behind the […]
Join us this evening as we discuss the Project School in Indianapolis, and if we have time, a little bit about the common core, new teacher prep programs, and a little something out of PA. Chat will be open, live tweet as well.