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October 10, 2012

Students, Parents and Teachers Respond to Diane Ravitch's Call: Letters to the White House!

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Diane Ravitch has issued a call for all of us - teachers, parents, students, administrators, and citizens who care about education, to write letters to our elected representatives, starting with the White House. The deadline to have your letter included is Octob...

October 05, 2012

Race to the Top Frozen Out in Fresno

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Both President Obama and his debate challenger Mitt Romney took time Wednesday night to praise the controversial Race to the Top program, but down where the rubber meets the road, the program is hitting some obstacles. The Department of Education now requires sc...

September 19, 2012

Andre Dunbar's Journey for Justice

Guest post by Andre Dunbar. My name is Andre Dunbar. I am a senior at William L. Sayre High School in Philadelphia, and I am a student organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union. The Philadelphia Student Union is fighting back against school closures and the transformation plans we are seeing ...

August 13, 2012

Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: Can Schools Defeat Poverty by Ignoring It?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This post is the third round of a five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation. This post can also be viewed and commented on over at the Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimist blog. This time I get to go first, and our topic is this: What is the role of educat...

July 13, 2012

The Gates Foundation's Education Philanthropy: Are Profit Seeking and Market Domination a Public Service?

Guest post by Chemtchr. Part Two of Two. See Part One here. The Gates Foundation favors a charitable model known as a public-private partnership, which appears at first to be an enlightened model for corporate engagement. For-profit ventures are "partnered" with the government for funding, to d...

June 25, 2012

Children Become Risky Assets as Business Practices Come to Education

A report from the El Paso Times revealed last week that school administrators in that city may have engaged in some questionable practices to make their all-important data appear better than it ought to have been. The key element in the District's data portfolio is the 10th grade standardized test. ...

June 19, 2012

Designer of Value-Added Tests a Skeptic About Current Test Mania

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Defenders of our current obsession over test scores claim that new, better tests will rescue us from the educational stagnation caused by a test prep curriculum. And one of those new types of tests is an adaptive test, which adjusts the difficulty of questions a...

June 16, 2012

Open Letter to President Obama, Time to Do What's Right for our Schools

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As the summer approaches, it is time for teachers to once again let President Obama know where we stand on his education policies. Two and a half years ago we wrote letters. Last summer we marched in front of the White House. This August the Save Our Schools c...

June 12, 2012

Technocratic Expansion of Education Data Systems Stirs Privacy Concerns

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody What will it mean for every one of the nation's 50 million students to have a unique ID number, and be included in a national database that tracks every test they ever take? And teachers will get ID numbers as well, so the database can track the test performance...

June 02, 2012

Technocratic Groupthink Inflates the Testing Bubble

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As I was taking a look at the latest report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, a disturbing thought came to mind. The NCTQ has prepared a report that criticizes schools of education for failing to jump on the "obsessed with data" bandwagon. You can ju...

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