January 2011 Archives

TeamScience Tames Teacher Turnover in Oakland

TeamScience draws on the most precious resource we have - the expertise and dedication of our own teachers. It has indeed taken a team effort to make a difference here.

Sir Ken Robinson Shakes Up the Standards Paradigm

Increasingly it's about that as you look at the growth of standardised testing and standardised curricula. and it's about standardisation. I believe we've got go in the exact opposite direction. That's what I mean about changing the paradigm.

Is Data Driving us into a Dead End?

Unfortunately, in our current paradigm, often it is the teacher that emphasizes test preparation, assuming he or she "teaches like a champion" and gets good test scores, that is regarded as the most effective.

Teachers: How do We Propose to Measure Student Outcomes?

Teachers are far more interested in the more authentic assessments I describe here, because they actually help us improve

Teachers Beware: They are Coming for Our Pensions

Teachers and other public employees are taking some big hits, but the biggest pot of gold of all is Social Security, and that will affect every wage earner in the nation.

Heresy: Education is Not the Cure for Poverty

Sending more and more of our students to college is not some sort of panacea for poverty. And there does NOT appear to be an increasing market demand for more college graduates

Tim Slekar: Tucson Tragedy No Reason to Follow Failed Strategies

Can somebody please tell President Obama and Ms. Noonan that now is not the time to use the Tucson tragedy or any tragedy to promote a bogus reform movement that will harm our Nation's public school system?

Rhee's Plan: Students (Test Scores) First!

If teacher pay and evaluations rest entirely on test scores, the corruption of our school system will be complete.

Chuck Olynyk: A Year After, a Veteran of Reconstitution Offers Words to the Wise

We learned that we should have stuck together. Some of us learned it right away, that it was burned into our souls. Trust your buddies

No, More High Stakes Testing is NOT Inevitable

The challenge for those of us who see that these emperors and empresses of reform are naked is to stay clear on our own vision of what school should be

Should we Trust Low-Paid Teachers to Score Student Work?

I must plead to a bit of ignorance when confronted with Pearson's Intelligent Essay Assessor. I have not met the mighty machine, nor seen it in operation. But if it's job is to relieve our concern that teachers can reliably score complex work, I think I have a rather deep mistrust.

Mike Dwyer: Value Adders - The Newest Members of the 'Monday Morning Quarterback Club'

Value added espousers are similar to people who, because they watch a sport on TV, e.g. football, they think they know how to coach and how to evaluate someone who is coaching.

We Cannot Solve the Problems with Tests by Creating MORE of Them

Billions of education dollars spent on tests are billions taken away from the classrooms where learning actually occurs. And more tests will NOT improve the trouble we have with over-reliance on testing.

Will National Standards Become the Operating System for our Schools?

Our students will do far better if we ask them to do more thinking rather than less, even if they turn out to be a bit less uniform at the end.

Battling the "Bad Teacher" Bogeyman

A year from now, if we do not confront these attacks, our classes will overflow, our retirement funds will be decimated, and our due process rights removed.


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