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March 21, 2014

Lauren Anderson: Grit, Galton, and Eugenics

What are we to make of a 2013 "genius" award winner quoting unproblematically the 'founding father' of eugenics in the opening paragraph of her research statement, even as her research engages young people of color?

March 09, 2014

Chicago Children Who Opt Out Face Pressure

"We hear of administrators who are telling families they are breaking the law, which is a lie. Think about this, they are intimidating people who are undocumented or in difficulty."

March 03, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Administrator's Pledge on Ethical Treatment of Students Who Opt Out

It is time for administrators to take an ethical stance and make a firm commitment to the fair and kind treatment of children whose parents have opted them out of testing.

February 24, 2014

John Thompson: Fear, Teen Stress and High Stakes Tests

It is not just in urban schools where reformers have tried to combat the stress of poverty by dumping the stress of high-stakes testing on teens. It is not just in the inner city that the values necessary for living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life have been subordinated to a competition

February 01, 2014

Student Body President Asks to be Allowed to Attend School

Currently in my school, parents and teachers are afraid to speak out against what they feel is wrong, which is something that should not be accepted as the "norm". Unfortunately, it's not just teachers and parents, but students as well. You could even say, my school is run by fear.

January 30, 2014

When Someone Poops in the Closet: A Teacher's Tale

This was, without a doubt, the most challenging moment of my teaching career. If I were not so panicked, I might have appreciated the metaphor of being dumped on.

January 10, 2014

David Greene: Building a Culture of Respect

Let's start with kids. For them, respect is as important as motivation, often more so. I am not talking about their respect for teachers. They respect those who respect them.

January 04, 2014

Chicago School Rations Bathroom Visits to Help Prepare for Common Core Tests

How far will schools go to prepare for Common Core tests? From a teacher in Chicago, I received the following memo, delivered to faculty this week.

November 21, 2013

John Thompson: Game-Changers Go for the Grit

It takes a lot of grit to be brazen enough to claim that the E4E's paper does anything other than use the words "True Grit" over and over, as it displays colorful photographs of attractive teachers and students, and state-of-the-art graphics to promote its agenda.

November 07, 2013

Momentum Grows Against Zero Tolerance Discipline and High-Stakes Testing

Across the country, resistance is growing against public education's increased dependence on high-stakes standardized testing and on exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests.

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