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April 10, 2011

The Media Discovers There is a Debate over Educational Reform!

The New York Times posted a column this morning titled The Deadlocked Debate over Educational Reform. And last week the Times ran a story covering the dialogue I was able to provoke with representatives of the Department of Education regarding President Obama's critical remarks about testing. This ...

April 08, 2011

High Tech Testing on the Way: a 21st Century Boondoggle?

In my recent exchange with the Department of Education regarding President Obama's remarks critical of our obsession with testing, it became clear that there is a vast expansion of testing on the horizon. Few reports have emerged that describe this, and I fear the public may be unaware of the resour...

April 07, 2011

President Obama: We Want for Our Children What You Want for Yours

Last week I kicked the hornet's nest by pointing out that President Obama's remarks at a town hall meeting do not align with the policies being carried out by his Department of Education. This was picked up by a number of fellow bloggers, including Valerie Strauss, Deborah Meier, Doug Noon and Ira S...

April 05, 2011

The Department of Education Cannot Unring the Bell Obama Struck

Last Monday, President Obama went off script at a town hall meeting, and in response to a question from student Luis Zelaya, offered us a vision for education. In 338 words, he made it clear that current Department of Education policy is way out of line with what he knows is best for his own daughte...

April 05, 2011

Dept. of Ed Responds Again: "Secretary Duncan Totally Concurs with President Obama"

A week ago I posted a blog pointing out that President Obama's remarks at a town hall meeting seemed to undermine Department of Education policies. I received a request for a correction to my post from Justin Hamilton, Press Secretary to Secretary Duncan. He agreed to answer some questions for me. F...

April 03, 2011

Obama Knows Best, Part 2: "Too Often we are Using These Tests to Punish Students or Schools."

Last Monday, President Obama went off script at a town hall meeting, and in response to a question from student Luis Zelaya, offered us a vision for education. In 338 words, he made it clear that current Department of Education policy is way out of line with what he knows is best for his own daughte...

April 02, 2011

Obama Knows Best, Part One: How Should we Assess Learning?

The journalist Michael Kinsley once said "a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth." A week ago, President Obama opened his mouth in an unscripted town hall, and the truth accidentally fell out. By now, you have read his words. You can view the event here. President Obama was respo...

April 01, 2011

Obama's Policies Under Fire: Department of Ed Responds

On Monday night I posted a blog pointing out that President Obama's remarks at a town hall meeting seemed to undermine Department of Education policies. I received a request for a correction to my post from Justin Hamilton, Press Secretary to Secretary Duncan. He agreed to answer some questions for ...

April 01, 2011

Just Who is Misinterpreting President Obama on Education Policy?

The four questions the Department of Education promises to answer soon (here are answers to the first three) On Monday I wrote a post contrasting President Obama's insightful thoughts about standardized tests to policies that are being pursued by his own Department of Education. Justin Hamilton, a...

March 29, 2011

Obama Blasts His Own Education Policies

President Obama, I loved the way you described the role of assessment. It should be occasional, not punitive, and used to help diagnose where students need help. Is there a way we could get your Department of Education's policies to align with your personal vision?

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