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On Sunday, March 2, 2014, I participated in a much-publicized Common Core (CCSS) panel with four other individuals as part of the Network for Public Education (NPE) first annual conference in Austin, Texas. (A 40-minute video of the CCSS panel can be found here; a five-minute video excerpt of my seven-minute opener can be found here.) One […]
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Maybe we need a Khan Academy video series to help the public in the U.S. understand the term “free.” When you are driving late at night, and you are in unfamiliar rural America in need of a hotel, you see a relatively rundown hotel with a sign announcing “FREE…
David Coleman’s Latest Khan. via David Coleman’s Latest Khan.
Daniel Hornberger & Company’s new documentary, STANDARDIZED: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights, finally brings into a clear focus why the testing culture sitting atop national Common Core standards is absolutely dangerous. The film includes testimony and experiences from a handful of very knowledgeable and passionate professors, teachers, activists, and parents. At roughly an hour-and-a half, […]
I plan to write a reflection on my NPE Common Core panel experience. However, allow me to first post this 40-minute video, which, I am guessing, includes each panelists’ opening remarks prior to the 30-minute question and answer segment. Each panelist was afforded seven minutes to speak, in the following order: AFT President Randi Weingarten speaks first; […]
The purpose of this post is to provide a brief summary for Florida parents regarding the failure of the spectrum of so-called education “reforms” introduced and advanced by former Governor Jeb Bush (1999 – 2007). I have written this brief, two-page “talking points” Word doc to complement the contents of this post. Thus, parents can use the “talking […]
I know I’ve commented on this before, so I’ll keep this brief. Within debates for and against corporate education reform, corporate reformers often respond to passionate debate with complaints. “Ouch, you’re attacking me.” “That’s an ad hominem attack, sir, that’s just morbidly ad hominem.” Folks like to throw that word ad hominem around. It’s almost […]
SAT Reboot 2016: “Nonsense It All Is”. via SAT Reboot 2016: “Nonsense It All Is”.
Thomas: Don’t link teacher pay to student test scores
Communities of color have been decimated by corporate reform. Now anger spreads when it affects white folk like @RBNLake
Robin Lake of Seattle writes: As the director of an education think tank focused on national issues, it feels indulgent to write about my own kids’ experiences in the public school system. But there’s no better way to illustrate one of the reasons my organization pursues the work it does on behalf of students. Let […]
Moving ‘quality’ teachers between schools will not help disadvantaged children
I’m pretty angry. Yesterday, I was on a panel discussing Teach For America with, among others, Josh Anderson- head of TFA Chicago. Overall, I thought the panel went well. Debate was passionate (mostly on my part) but civil. Still, at the very end, when Josh gave the final remarks of the event, he said something […]
For four years, I was a college professor in teacher education. I probably reported to work in person about three days a week, worked from home the rest on writing, committee work, reading, and other kinds of professional development. My schedule had a reasonable amount of flexibility relative to most jobs. I could easily take […]
Last weekend the Network for Public Education (NPE) held its first conference in Austin Texas. Now I have attended many conferences over the years. For me they tend to be inspiring, lots of good workshops and information and opportunities to network with colleagues. But something about the NPE conference felt different. Part of it was […]
The first annual Network for Public Education (NPE) Conference was this past weekend, on Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 2014. Below is a news brief on the conference: I participated in the NPE conference as a member of three panel discussions, the topics being investigative journalism, philanthropy (as such is undermining the democratic […]
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