Response: The Real Story in Camden, N.J.

Laura Waters says that Camden, N.J., is finally addressing the needs of a school system that has failed families for decades.


Paul Horton: The Technocrat's Revolution: Progressivism's Dark Side

Teachers need to wake up and understand that the country's biggest corporations are coming after their jobs. They have little respect for teachers because they want to market products that they think will do a better job than teachers.


Charter School Networks and Shady Political Dealings: The Camden, N. J. Story

Last week, while many of us were busy making plans for the summer, something much more sinister was happening in the halls of the State Capital in Trenton, N. J..


A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?

I am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian project with bold pronouncements about the boundless capacity of all students


Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students"

If there is one thing Bill Gates has been a fan of, it is the role of technology in improving education. But recent comments show he may be starting to see that even technology may not be all powerful. And this leads to some deeper questions about the viability of the entire education reform project.


Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design?

If the pass rates on Common Core tests and the new Common Core-aligned GED plummet, it is because they were designed to do so. If there is an outcome that has been engineered, there must be a reason that outcome is desirable.


Protesters to Gates Foundation: "Divest from Corporate Education Reform"

Bill Gates has it exactly upside down. The innovators are the classroom teachers. The innovators are the students. The innovators are the people working in the schools creating new things every day.


Michelle Gunderson: Teacher Union Conventions to Debate Common Core

This summer educators around the country will congregate in the political workings of our unions at the AFT and NEA conventions. This is no small business.


Is a High Stakes Moratorium Worth Embracing?

As a thought experiment, what would it look like if the Gates Foundation truly was attending to the research and evidence that is showing how damaging the new Common Core tests and high stakes accountability systems are?


John Thompson: Time for a Truce in the Battle Over Education?

I believe we must fight competition-driven, test-driven reform with all our power, but we must also be willing to offer and/or accept an olive branch.


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