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April 10, 2014

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's 'Fear and Learning'

It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.

March 20, 2014

'Grants HQ' Launched to Help Los Angeles Educators Access Funds

A new program for the Los Angeles school districts' 30,000 educators will help them access and apply for grants to benefit the district's 650,000 students.

March 05, 2014

A Small Request for My Friends at Gates

At an Al Shanker Institute forum a few weeks back, at the AFT's DC headquarters, I aggressively defended the good intentions and fair-mindedness of foundation staff working on education (you can see the event here). I offered my own criticisms, but I mostly told an audience very skeptical of Gates/W...

March 04, 2014

In-Office Play Group Offers Doctors Perspective on Patients

An Olympia, Wash., medical facility partners with a nonprofit to offer an on-site play group aimed at giving medical residents a better understanding of baby and toddler behavior.

February 19, 2014

Paul Horton: Will Liberal Arts be Saved by the Common Core?

Not much here for those who are seeing their courses and jobs cut. There seems to be a central message here: follow the Common Core like the yellow-brick road or there might not be any funding for the humanities.

February 18, 2014

Bill Gates, On the Record

I am less interested in the praise that he will heap on the accomplished educators in the room than in what he has said and done in the past, when speaking to altogether different audiences. So like Marley's ghost on Christmas eve, I want to take us on a bit of a tour of the echoes of Gates' past

February 16, 2014

Is Gates Money Going to Influence the National Board?

The Gates agenda is clear, so if you are looking to fund a non-profit or "research" organization, you know what you need to say and do in order to qualify for funding.

February 13, 2014

John Thompson: Vergara Show Trial Highlights Gates Foundation Snake Oil

Vergara is a tragic distraction from the real problems facing our high-challenge schools, as well as the real reasons why it is difficult to staff high-poverty schools.

February 09, 2014

Are Corporate Education Reformers Like Young Earth Creationists?

In the spirit of the recent debate between science educator Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham, let's take a look at the central points of belief for corporate education reform, and see if there is evidence.

February 05, 2014

Walton Family Foundation Invests $25 Million in New Charters

The foundation has provided start-up funds for one in four charter schools around the country.

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