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May 03, 2012

At the Chalkface Radio Program Bucks the Education Reform Trend

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Scoop Nisker used to say, "If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own." Two educators, Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar, have taken up this challenge, and have entered the fierce world of commercial radio, with a provocative show called "At the Cha...

May 01, 2012

Teacher Research Transforms a School in Oakland

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Teachers in what was once one of the lowest performing elementary schools in Oakland have transformed their school through a combination of teacher research and innovative instructional strategies. Teacher action research has a long history in the Oakland scho...

April 27, 2012

The Common Core: The Technocrats Re-engineer Learning

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As criticism of No Child Left Behind and the associated tests rises, we are hearing more and more about the Common Core Standards (CCS), the next great thing that is supposed to fix all that ails us. When a talking pineapple made New York tests a laughing stock,...

April 23, 2012

Pineapplegate Raises Fresh Questions about the Obama Administration's Expansion of Testing

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The recent debacle in New York over an absurd story about a pineapple racing a hare has renewed doubts about the degree to which we have come to rely on test scores for very high stakes decisions. Although it is clear we are not getting high quality information ...

April 19, 2012

Jack Hassard: The Testing Games put our Youth at Risk

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Originally posted here. Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the consequences of the authoritarian standards & high-stakes testing In the next month every American girl and boy in grades 3- 8 will participate in the testing games, an annual competition to d...

April 17, 2012

Cui Bono? The Question Rarely Asked, Let Alone Investigated

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As our public schools are systematically re-engineered for dubious reasons, with questionable results, by people of uncertain motives, there is a disturbing lack of skepticism on the part of our watchdogs for the public good, journalists. One of the basic princi...

April 15, 2012

Get Rid of Teachers or Encourage them To Stay -- What is Best for our Schools?

Guest post by Mark Simon. After over a decade of "corporate reform" strategies in many places, we have a chance to compare the results of two drastically different approaches to improving public schools. In some places, such as Washington, DC, we have seen teacher turnover skyrocket, in line with ...

April 13, 2012

Rog Lucido: What do we Tell the Teachers who Take Our Place?

Guest post by Rog Lucido. When I came home yesterday my wife told me she received a phone call from one of my former students whom I had in my physics class in 1998-99. My wife said he was excited to connect with me as he has just finished his student teaching and would begin his first full time po...

April 10, 2012

Educators Issue VAM Report for Secretary Duncan

Guest post by Educators for Shared Accountability. A new group, Educators for Shared Accountability (ESA), has issued the first-ever Value-Added Measurement (VAM) evaluation of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Secretary Duncan was rated "ineffective," based on four indicators. The United State...

April 09, 2012

Deepening the Debate over Teach For America: Responses to Heather Harding

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody A week ago I posted an interview with Teach For America's head of research, Heather Harding. Ms. Harding answered some tough questions that have been raised in recent months here on this blog. Today, I am sharing some responses to her answers. By way of contex...

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