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December 28, 2013

2013 in Review Part 4: Teachers, Unions, and the Best Path Forward

Organizations and leaders that we count on to defend our profession, and to act on genuine expertise and reject phony reforms, repeatedly left us shaking our heads. Here are the posts where I challenged these leaders and their rationales.

December 16, 2013

John Thompson: Are Charitable Groups Crossing the Line Into Politics?

I am stunned by the situational ethics of reformers who employ the worst of the right wing's tactics to promote political policies that they claim to be progressive. I hope the Obama administration is even-handed

December 05, 2013

Is ASCD Embracing Market-Driven Education Reform?

Organizations like ASCD are being directly paid to "support implementation" of Common Core, which in effect converts them into advocates for the controversial standards.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

November 03, 2013

In Vermont, a Brave Call for Public Education

Government is supposed to be a force against corruption and control by private interests. It is a mark of how far we have come that only in Vermont does one see such a viewpoint expressed on a newspaper's editorial page.

October 07, 2013

Charter School Defenders Insist They are "Private Entities"

Charter schools are happy to accept public dollars, but reject the oversight and accountability that comes with operation as a public school.

September 26, 2013

Marginalizing the Teaching Profession: Merrow, Ravitch, and Education Nation

the funders of corporate reform are making a great effort to pretend that those of us who profoundly disagree with their approach are some kind of fringe element

September 22, 2013

An Indiana Parent Writes to NBC's Education Nation: Why Only Present One Side of a Public Debate?

I would like to know how you went about selecting these particular guests. I notice that almost all of the people are those who agree about corporate "reform" of public schools.

September 21, 2013

Paul Horton: The Chicago Tribune's School Voucher Campaign: The Road to Gatopia III"

In the last week, the Tribune has rolled out three pieces on its editorial pages in support of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and vouchers.

September 10, 2013

Indiana Grassroots Groups Not Ready to Exonerate Tony Bennett in School Grading Scandal

it turned out that his own rules, which he wouldn't have even considered modifying for other schools, could be rearranged at the last minute in the special case of a donor's charter school

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