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September 27, 2012

Reaction to "Won't Back Down" Shows Critics Have Learned Something

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody It is hard sometimes for advocates of public education to see our own movement, when we are active participants in it. But the critical and public reaction to the movie "Won't Back Down" is providing us with some evidence of how far we have come in the past two ...

September 17, 2012

What Would You Do for Students in Poverty if you had Billions?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Though our dialogue with the Gates Foundation has ended, some interesting questions continue to stir things up. In the comments that follow the Gates Foundation's last post in the series, a reader named JT posed this question: You might be right, but if you wer...

September 14, 2012

A Teacher in Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: Five Exchanges over Core Issues in Education

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody I have been in conversations with the Gates Foundation for the past two months. In my early exchanges with representatives of the Gates Foundation it felt as if we were barely scratching the surface of the many issues that I thought should be explored. I thought...

September 13, 2012

The Gates Foundation Responds: The Role of the Marketplace in Education

Guest post by Irvin Scott and Stacey Childress of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This post can also be read and commented on at the Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimist blog. This is the last post in a series of five sets of posts, and responds to this post from last week: What Happens w...

September 12, 2012

Chicago Reminds Us Why We Have Unions

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The strike by Chicago teachers is reminding all of us of the reason we have unions, and the reason why they are so feared and hated by those who are in command. The ability of these 29,000 teachers to act as one, to withhold their labor, gives them a power far ...

August 29, 2012

Dialogue With the Gates Foundation: What Is the Purpose of K-12 Education?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This week, our exchange is focused on these questions: What is the purpose of K-12 education? How do we think about college and career readiness? How do the Common Core Standards fit in? This post is a response to one posted yesterday, authored by Irvin Scott o...

August 13, 2012

Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: Can Schools Defeat Poverty by Ignoring It?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This post is the third round of a five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation. This post can also be viewed and commented on over at the Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimist blog. This time I get to go first, and our topic is this: What is the role of educat...

August 08, 2012

Responding to the Gates Foundation: How do we Consider Evidence of Learning in Teacher Evaluations?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This post is the second round in a five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation. This is a response to yesterday's post from Vicki Phillips, How do we Consider Evidence of Student Learning in Teacher Evaluations? This post can also be viewed and commented on o...

August 07, 2012

The Gates Foundation Writes: How Do We Consider Evidence of Student Learning in Teacher Evaluation?

Guest post by Vicki Phillips. This post tackles the second topic in a five part dialogue with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is also posted over at the Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimist blog. A response from Anthony Cody has now been posted here. Education debate...

July 23, 2012

Dialogue With the Gates Foundation: How Do We Build the Teaching Profession?

Post #1 of 5 in this dialogue. Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Two weeks ago I traveled to Seattle and spent most of the day meeting with leaders of the Gates Foundation, discussing their work around education reform. I have been critical of the impact their agenda has had, but they expressed...

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