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November 07, 2012

What Hurricane Sandy is Teaching Us About Students Under Stress

This week as the East Coast cleans up after Hurricane Sandy, we are hearing from teachers how they are responding to the trauma and stress their students are bringing to class. From Brooklyn Heights Montessori teacher Launa Schweizer, we learn how her students are coping. As the day wore on, I dis...

October 16, 2012

A Principal Writes to President Obama: Schools do not Need Your Punishment. We Need Your Support

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As I have shared for the past week, I have volunteered to help Diane Ravitch collect and organize letters for the Campaign for our Public Schools, which will culminate on Wednesday, October 17. All the letters collected by then will be sent to the White House an...

October 13, 2012

How Can One Teacher be Both the Best and the Worst? A Letter to President Obama

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody I have volunteered to help Diane Ravitch collect and organize letters for the Campaign for our Public Schools, which will culminate on Thursday, October 17. All the letters collected by then will be sent to the White House and to the Department of Education. Ins...

August 20, 2012

The Gates Foundation Responds: Poverty Does Matter--But It Is Not Destiny

Guest post by Chris Williams of the Gates Foundation. This guest post is a response to Anthony Cody's post of a week ago, Can Schools Defeat Poverty by Ignoring It? This is the third topic in a series of five exchanges exploring critical issues in education reform. This post can also be viewed an...

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...

June 27, 2012

Gerald Coles: Why Bother Educating the Poor?

Guest post by Gerald Coles. In 1970, Sidney Willhelm's book "Who Needs the Negro?" (the latter word had currency at the time) argued that with the rise of automation within a capitalist economic system, African-American workers were transformed from being exploited to becoming "useless" from the vi...

May 21, 2012

Hitting the Data Wall: Measurement-Centered Instruction takes hold in High Poverty Schools

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody A newspaper report from Mobile, Alabama, describes the system clearly. Color-coded sticky notes on a wall in the "data room" at Mobile's Gilliard Elementary School bear the names of every pupil who is struggling in reading or math, has been absent too often, o...

April 04, 2012

John Thompson: Neither Teacher-Less nor Teacher-proof: Constructivism Meets Guided Instruction

Guest post by John Thompson. The cover story in the American Educator "Putting Students on the Path to Learning," by Richard Clark, Paul Kirschner, and John Swelter should prompt a dialogue between teachers as well as with school "reformers." So, I want to preface my opinions with a request for the...

April 03, 2012

Stephen Krashen Pulls the Rug Out From Under the Standards Movement

Some Comments on Paul Farhi's "Flunking the Test" Guest post by Stephen Krashen. In "Flunking the Test," Paul Farhi concludes that the media has seriously under-reported the successes of American education and have taken the pronouncements of self-proclaimed "reformers" at face-value. Farhi backs...

March 18, 2012

A Million Teachers Prepare to March Out the Classroom Door

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The Metlife survey of American teachers has been much discussed in recent weeks. The biggest red flag I see waving here is the 70% increase, over the past two years, in the number of teachers who are likely to leave the profession in the next five years (from 17...

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