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November 04, 2013

TFA and Congressional Hypocrisy

The requirement of teachers being "highly qualified" under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has been rendered meaningless by the latest action of Congress. They inserted a "loophole" for Teach For America that basically makes everyone highly qualified when they are not.

July 29, 2013

The Most Backward Legislature in America

The North Carolina legislature has turned back the clock on the state's reputation for having an innovative and progressive education system. Program after program has been defunded or dismantled.

June 25, 2013

Dumbing Down America's Teachers

Advanced degrees are an important part of the teaching profession. Researchers who limit their research to a test score have undermined the complexity of teaching and enabled anti-intellectual politicians to do harm to teachers.

June 03, 2013

More Vetoes of Teach For America Needed

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota vetoed a legislative appropriation to Teach For America because he knew their business plan was to seek funding from cash-strapped states while maintaining a well-funded organization. Nevada and North Carolina are going down the same path. They should learn fiscal responsibility from this savvy governor.

July 23, 2012

Teach For America Fails 21st-Century Test

At a recent institute sponsored by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, I heard a well-known researcher and thought leader give his definition of 21st skills. His definition had three parts: the curriculum and pedagogy of the most prestigious, elite schools of the world, like Eton College; infor...

January 18, 2012

Loving and Hating Teach For America

There has certainly been a lot of traffic about Teach For America (TFA) in the cyberworld lately. It all started with the audacious nerve of Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association, and Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for America, daring to appear together with Secretary Duncan t...

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