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October 05, 2010

The Problems With Value-Added Assessment *

Diane Ravitch is furious at the unfair and dangerous treatment she feels teachers and public education are receiving; value-added assessment, she says, is a misguided and damaging means of judging teacher performance.

September 30, 2010

The Truth Has Taken a Beating: Now What?

The scare tactics that followed A Nation at Risk have led to a false and damaging narrative about American schools and what needs to be done to improve them, Deborah Meier writes.

September 28, 2010

Merit Pay Fails Another Test

Merit pay for teachers doesn't work, but the Obama administration is pushing it anyway, Diane Ravitch writes.

September 23, 2010

White Knights and False Villains in Education

We need schools in which adults are treated like adults by those "above" them in the hierarchy--which has hardly ever been the condition of public schools, especially those serving poor communities.

September 21, 2010

Why Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty Lost

Diane Ravitch says last week's election results underscore voter unhappiness with the autocratic approach to school "reform."

September 09, 2010

Why the RTT Consensus Has Led Us Nowhere

Dear Readers, I've had a lazy summer—while Diane has been busy on behalf of so many of us confronting the "enemy." But if you click on deborahmeier.com you'll see some of the results of my one summer task—reading newly found old boxes full of letters, documents, and clippings. I'm three...

September 07, 2010

Welcome Back to School "Reform"

Diane Ravitch predicts another difficult year of test-based "reform" for the nation's schools.

June 29, 2010

Parting Thoughts

Editor's Note: Bridging Differences begins its annual summer break after Deborah Meier's upcoming post on Thursday. The blog will return in September. Dear Deborah, This is my last blog until the fall. Time to take a break and recharge our batteries or whatever it is that keeps us going. I have...

June 24, 2010

'Be Less Afraid'

Dear Diane, Every day, some new, unexpected voice pipes up confirming views on the quality of the tests in use to judge our children, their teachers, and their schools. The much-vaunted New York Regents math exams turn out to be shockingly shabby, etc. Ditto for new reports on the financial scandal...

June 22, 2010

What I Did in June

Yet I don't see how it is possible to improve education while neglecting everything but basic skills. Even privately managed charter schools are affected negatively by high-stakes testing; to claim ever-rising test scores, they are prompted to avoid low-performing students, thus bypassing the very students that charters were originally intended to serve.

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