The delicate art of stacking interventions

Economically impoverished or Title I schools are forcefully engaged in the delicate art of “intervention stacking.” And by delicate, I really mean clumsy and thoughtless. Leadership in many “struggling” schools, both within the school and without, are under the mistaken impression that more is more. Or, that we should flail our arms about and accept […]

DCPS sidelines test-based teacher evaluations. Fine, but…

This from Diane Ravitch. And others. Henderson described the move “as necessary in order to allow students to acclimate themselves to new tests built around the standards established by the Common Core.” That’s a very sensible move. I have, however, one caveat. DCPS evaluates its teachers using the IMPACT system. It may look a little […]

Saving a school: Predatory enrollment

The Washington Post discussed recently the immense pressure administrators, and staff as well, are under to re-enroll students in their schools in order to keep and maintain resources. The move is a sign of the tremendous pressure on the District’s traditional public schools. Charter schools, which appeared less than two decades ago, now enroll nearly […]

Worst Op-Ed of 2014, Already?

I waited until December of 2013 to raise this question: Worst Education Op-Ed of 2013? So I don’t rush into this claim casually: Jonathan Chait’s Public Education’s Weird Ideological Divide is already the worst Op-Ed of 2014, and likely will not be surpassed (but may be tied often, I regret to say). Chait’s piece isn’t long (thankfully) but […]

Advertisement: Attend our school and avoid the #CommonCore

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Here is a two-sided advertisement flyer inserted into a local newspaper from a Rochester, New York private school. Do you get the feeling that more private schools will be reacting to the anti-Common Core sentiment to draw more students into their programs? Sadly I have heard many teachers and parents who love public education, but […]

Bad Journalism, Test-Mania, and High Education: “A Flabbergasting Reality”

About thirty years after the fabricated “the sky is falling” moment in public education—A Nation at Risk—we may be witnessing a similar dismantling of higher education in the U.S., as John Marcus overstates: On weekend mornings all this winter, anxious high school juniors and seniors will file into school cafeterias to sweat through the SAT, […]

Will the Common Core improve knowledge of history?

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On twitter recently I spotted a post from a Common Core supporter that implies that the new standards will solve our problems when it comes to history instruction in our schools. Here we have another CCLS advocate who ignores the reality in our schools: In this era of high-stakes testing what is tested will determine what is taught. […]

I am “outing” myself… sort of, with the Kinder Chronicles, Part One.

Close friends and associates know me by name, Shaun Johnson.  No, I’m not the gymnast. I tried as best as I could to go by a pseudonym because, well, I caught a lot of flak from my former supervisors in higher education because of my views. That is, skeptical and largely against Common Core, critical […]

Let me describe in brief a #commoncore oriented math professional development.

Did I experience this or was this explained to me by another? You’ll have to guess. But here it goes. Scheduled for three hours.  Arrival.  Breakout session one consisted of a room with tables, each with a set of math textbooks. For 30 minutes, examine the textbooks.  Breakout session two consisted of a computer lab. […]

GUEST POST from Robert Rendo on #commoncore.

Also check out Robert's fantastic artwork, which you'll see more of on our website.

Common Core or no Common Core, standards for what children should know by a certain age (skills or content) have always been in flux and controverted. The CCSS is, I think, on an extreme part of that spectrum of flux. The consensus reality and research that more or less corroborates what, for example, a fifth […]

Short article from NYT Sunday Review by Robert Putnam

It’s a short read, a good one. It got me thinking. Take a community, any kind. Institute “school choice.” You have families with children, who could once bond over their children’s educations, broken apart, separated, because one family sends their kids to one school and the neighbors, to another.  Maybe the kids can bond over, […]

The Little Blue Engine that shouldn’t. Take a seat.

I want you to read the following poem by Shel Silverstein, one that is the inspiration for a new “reformy” organization called Blue Engine. The little blue engine looked up at the hill. His light was weak, his whistle was shrill. He was tired and small, and the hill was tall, And his face blushed […]

Oh my God, what’s wrong with people? #stopcpscuts

This. This. This. Via Sun Times.

Helpful tips from an #education #reformer


I may have forgotten all about these. But I have a few images from a rather helpful ad campaign, “Tips from an Education Reformer.” Hopefully you find them as helpful as I do in dismantling a free system of public education.

An excerpt of a new Huffington Post submission, the cult of amateurs

I don’t know why, but some things I reserve for different audiences, perhaps to speak to a different cohort of people. But for the first time in about two months, I uploaded a new post to the Huffington Post. Hopefully it makes it through. If not, then I’ll post it here. But here’s an excerpt […]


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