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February 10, 2011

Does Teach For America Deliver Systemic Education Reform?

Bringing in a program that plugs some of the gaps created by the absence of these things, as Teach For America does, should not be confused with systemic reform for our schools - even if they get good test scores. And I am concerned that some people may not understand that.

February 10, 2011

Bilby & Greene: Tough Lessons from Teach For America

TFA would also give us access to "teacher-proof" materials, when in fact it would be some thoughtlessly scripted lesson with all the right buzzwords that would be over in ten minutes and leave you with an hour and a half of chaos.

February 08, 2011

LA Times Manipulates the Teacher Evaluation Story

Dr. Briggs goes into more specific misrepresentations and much more thoroughly explains the flaws in the LA Times methods in his rebuttal, and the original paper that was the subject of this dispute

February 06, 2011

The Cinderellas of Education Reform: Why Aren't They Invited to the Ball?

All these things provide such tremendous benefits, and yes, often improve student test scores as well. Is there some reason these approaches do not seem to qualify as "reforms"?

February 05, 2011

Victoria Young: This Idaho Parent Prefers Teachers to Laptops

In essence, here in Idaho, we will use technology not as a tool to improve education but as a replacement for 770 teachers in order to make the dollars come out right.

February 03, 2011

Chuck Olynyk: Still Truth-telling about "Failing Schools"

Many of us did not reapply. We were not abandoning the school we loved. We were fighting to save it.

January 28, 2011

Sir Ken Robinson Shakes Up the Standards Paradigm

Increasingly it's about that as you look at the growth of standardised testing and standardised curricula. and it's about standardisation. I believe we've got go in the exact opposite direction. That's what I mean about changing the paradigm.

January 27, 2011

Is Data Driving us into a Dead End?

Unfortunately, in our current paradigm, often it is the teacher that emphasizes test preparation, assuming he or she "teaches like a champion" and gets good test scores, that is regarded as the most effective.

January 25, 2011

Teachers: How do We Propose to Measure Student Outcomes?

Teachers are far more interested in the more authentic assessments I describe here, because they actually help us improve

January 22, 2011

Teachers Beware: They are Coming for Our Pensions

Teachers and other public employees are taking some big hits, but the biggest pot of gold of all is Social Security, and that will affect every wage earner in the nation.

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