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January 19, 2011

Heresy: Education is Not the Cure for Poverty

Sending more and more of our students to college is not some sort of panacea for poverty. And there does NOT appear to be an increasing market demand for more college graduates

January 18, 2011

Tim Slekar: Tucson Tragedy No Reason to Follow Failed Strategies

Can somebody please tell President Obama and Ms. Noonan that now is not the time to use the Tucson tragedy or any tragedy to promote a bogus reform movement that will harm our Nation's public school system?

January 16, 2011

Rhee's Plan: Students (Test Scores) First!

If teacher pay and evaluations rest entirely on test scores, the corruption of our school system will be complete.

January 13, 2011

Chuck Olynyk: A Year After, a Veteran of Reconstitution Offers Words to the Wise

We learned that we should have stuck together. Some of us learned it right away, that it was burned into our souls. Trust your buddies

January 12, 2011

No, More High Stakes Testing is NOT Inevitable

The challenge for those of us who see that these emperors and empresses of reform are naked is to stay clear on our own vision of what school should be

January 10, 2011

Should we Trust Low-Paid Teachers to Score Student Work?

I must plead to a bit of ignorance when confronted with Pearson's Intelligent Essay Assessor. I have not met the mighty machine, nor seen it in operation. But if it's job is to relieve our concern that teachers can reliably score complex work, I think I have a rather deep mistrust.

January 07, 2011

Mike Dwyer: Value Adders - The Newest Members of the 'Monday Morning Quarterback Club'

Value added espousers are similar to people who, because they watch a sport on TV, e.g. football, they think they know how to coach and how to evaluate someone who is coaching.

January 05, 2011

We Cannot Solve the Problems with Tests by Creating MORE of Them

Billions of education dollars spent on tests are billions taken away from the classrooms where learning actually occurs. And more tests will NOT improve the trouble we have with over-reliance on testing.

January 03, 2011

Will National Standards Become the Operating System for our Schools?

Our students will do far better if we ask them to do more thinking rather than less, even if they turn out to be a bit less uniform at the end.

January 01, 2011

Battling the "Bad Teacher" Bogeyman

A year from now, if we do not confront these attacks, our classes will overflow, our retirement funds will be decimated, and our due process rights removed.

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