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February 24, 2012

Hyper-accountability, Burnout and Blame: A TFA Corps Member Speaks Out

Guest post by Jameson Brewer. The rhetoric of educational policy is an ever swaying pendulum from the conservative right to the progressive left. However, in reality, in the decades leading up to and the ten years following the passing of No Child Left Behind, it has been neoliberal policies and ...

February 18, 2012

Jack Hassard: Test-Based Reform: Where is the Common Core Leading Us?

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Part 1 of 2. In my post of a week ago, I reported that Georgia's Cobb County School System rejected the superintendent's proposal to hire 50 Teacher for America teachers for schools located in South Cobb. Many of the South Cobb schools are underperforming schools. I s...

February 15, 2012

Gerald Coles: The Growing Educational Achievement Gap: Don't Think What You Might Think You Should Think

Guest post by Gerald Coles Last week the New York Times provided valuable, disturbing information by reporting recent research on the growing educational achievement gap between rich and poor students, which has grown substantially over the past few decades, even while the achievement gap between b...

February 14, 2012

Sarah Puglisi: The Heart Shaped Box

Guest post by Sarah Puglisi. Often I ask people what they think or remember of school. After 30+ years teaching public school in areas of poverty--some of the "worst," apparently, in the nation--it interests me what the answer will be. Most often it has to do with a relationship between a student,...

February 11, 2012

Kelly Flynn Tackles the Learning Problem that Dare Not Speak its Name

Guest post by Kelly Flynn. It's an unspoken pact: teachers will not talk about the biggest roadblock to teaching and learning. They'll talk about all sorts of other things, things you've heard a million times before: that it's hard to teach a hungry child, a frightened child, or a sick child. Th...

February 03, 2012

Katie Osgood: The Reform My Students Need

Guest post by Katie Osgood. I have a pretty unique job. I work as a teacher on a child/adolescent inpatient unit at a psychiatric hospital in Chicago. My students come from all over Chicagoland and attend all types of schools: neighborhood, charter, turnaround, private, suburban, alternative, an...

February 01, 2012

John Kuhn: America, Stop Making Excuses for Inequality

Guest post by John Kuhn. Part Two of two. I ended the last posting with a list of possible causes of the superior academic results seen in Highland Park ISD as compared to Everman ISD. In this posting, I want to talk at length about causality, because it is at the core. The battle line over cau...

January 30, 2012

John Kuhn on Education Funding in Texas: There is a Hole in the Bucket

Part 1 of 2 Guest post by John Kuhn. "There's a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza, Dear Liza." At the root of the school reform debate as I see it is a fundamental disagreement about causality. No one disagrees that by any number of measures (PISA scores, graduation rates, etc.) the academic outcome...

January 25, 2012

Teachers Offer the Wealthy an Escape from Poverty

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Last night in President Obama's State of the Union address, he repeated a familiar refrain about the importance of teachers. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. But it seems that it is those in pow...

December 13, 2011

Teacher Power: The One Percent Solution

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Numbering more than four million, teachers represent better than one percent of the population of the United States. Given the fact that only about half the people in our nation actually vote, teachers are potentially even more than one percent of the electorat...

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