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July 13, 2014

Questioning Education Reformers' Motives: The Big Taboo

When Lyndsey Layton interviewed Bill Gates a few months ago, she violated one of the major taboos of the education reform discourse.

July 03, 2014

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

July 02, 2014

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.

June 30, 2014

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.

June 24, 2014

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.

June 21, 2014

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?

June 20, 2014

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.

June 07, 2014

Can California Offer a New Model for Accountability? Or Are We Still Chasing Test Scores?

We who are opposed to "high stakes tests" are opposed not only to the most vicious uses of those tests, to close schools and fire teachers. We are opposed to the practice of making standardized tests central to the educational process in our schools.

May 22, 2014

Massachusetts Teachers Association Takes On High Stakes Tests, School Takeovers

Activist rank-and-file movements are ramping up teachers unions' fight for justice, reason, and community solidarity by passing resolutions and winning offices across the country.

May 19, 2014

Connecticut Teachers Push Back on Common Core, Endorse Call for Congressional Hearings

I had hoped to make a difference as I wanted the CEA to take a firm stand against the misguided and ill-conceived Common Core standards and its implementation efforts throughout the State.

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