there is a new domestic cold war that pits public and private education against each other and seeks to turn human beings into computers
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July 26, 2013
July 09, 2013
The Allure of Order describes the latest technocratic reform as another effort to turn the clock back to the mentality of the Model T assembly line.
July 06, 2013
A new study sheds startling light on a strong connection between high school exit exams and rates of incarceration.
July 05, 2013
If we embrace the Common Core, and position ourselves as expert implementers, we cannot help but legitimize these standards as a solid set of benchmarks for student performance.
July 03, 2013
In the real world, there is no way that Common Core standards and assessments will be "fair to students" when they are used to evaluate teachers and close schools.
July 01, 2013
Teachers hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable for making learning happen in our schools. And now it is time to start holding those in power accountable as well.
June 23, 2013
Those who seek to profit from public education are parasites draining resources at an unprecedented scale. Parasites are inherently destructive to their hosts.
June 18, 2013
By attaching them to government initiatives such as high-stakes testing and teacher evaluation, the standards are being used as an instrument to standardize and control public education in the US.
June 14, 2013
Common Core standards are not the end of the world. They are, however, an obstacle to the reclaiming of our profession, rather than a vehicle.
May 29, 2013
Under the fear created by NCLB/RTTT, large scale ability group tracking has made its way back into schools. Because tracking is commonly considered odious, and the research does not support it, no one calls it that. It is now given cuter or more palatable names like 'Walk to Read' or 'Intervention Time' even 'Flexible Grouping.' (Although some schools have flexible grouping and intervention time that takes place in classrooms and is quite lovely.)