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June 16, 2014

Adam Bessie: Retiring the "Bad Teacher" Boogeyman

In essence, the "bad teacher" is a not just a basic strawman, but a hologram, an insubstantial projection of whoever you want him to be, whatever you - or your child - perceives him to be.

June 14, 2014

Vergara Decision Feeds Testing and Teacher Turnover

The Vergara decision feeds into our societal obsession with test scores, and propels us towards schools with even less stability, and higher turnover.

June 05, 2014

John Thompson: Corporate Reformers' "Race to the Moon" Low on Fuel

It is up to the Gates Foundation to decide whether it defends its quest for a better bottle rocket to drive school reform, or to heed the research of independent scholars.

May 05, 2014

John Thompson: Can the Gates Foundation Learn?

Reformers once won a series of political victories, even as their educational theories were repeatedly defeated by realities in schools that are far more complex than anything they imagined.

March 30, 2014

John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations

Since teachers must basically prove that value-added terminations are based on an irrational use of the model, it is no surprise that the first suits include cases where teachers are held accountable for the test score growth of students who they did not have in class.

February 18, 2014

Bill Gates, On the Record

I am less interested in the praise that he will heap on the accomplished educators in the room than in what he has said and done in the past, when speaking to altogether different audiences. So like Marley's ghost on Christmas eve, I want to take us on a bit of a tour of the echoes of Gates' past

February 16, 2014

Is Gates Money Going to Influence the National Board?

The Gates agenda is clear, so if you are looking to fund a non-profit or "research" organization, you know what you need to say and do in order to qualify for funding.

February 15, 2014

Laurel M. Sturt: Time for Teachers to Stand Up to Professional Bullies

Teachers, bullied to conform their instruction to the authorized perspective, are forced to teach against their own judgment, even enduring the insulting constraint of scripted lessons to be recited exactly, or risk being bullied by administrators who threaten their jobs.

February 13, 2014

John Thompson: Vergara Show Trial Highlights Gates Foundation Snake Oil

Vergara is a tragic distraction from the real problems facing our high-challenge schools, as well as the real reasons why it is difficult to staff high-poverty schools.

February 05, 2014

The Gates Foundation's Imaginary World of School Reform Collides with Reality

Such a distinction between idealized implementation and reality would seem to be progress. Just when it seemed like the Gates Foundation was conceding that it is important to acknowledge the facts about their theories, however, Phillips showed she was just spouting rhetoric.

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