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October 23, 2013

John Thompson: Michelle Rhee's DC IMPACT Value Added System Drives Teachers Out

It stands to reason that effective teachers who are "false positives," meaning that they were inaccurately categorized, will behave like their colleagues who are not effective. Both will leave the D.C. schools.

October 19, 2013

Are MOOCs Missing the Mark?

Early results are less than encouraging. The experience may teach us some important lessons about how people learn - if we are willing to pay attention.

October 16, 2013

Process Matters in a Democracy: Common Core Fails the Test

Decisions that were made without democratic input are not legitimate. Officials implementing these policies should be challenged in public at every opportunity.

October 12, 2013

Parents Voice Concerns About Common Core: NY Dept of Ed Cancels Further Hearings

Speaking truth to power, as these parents did, is an intoxicating thing. It delivers to both speaker and witnesses a shiver, an awakening to the fact that we do not need to suffer in silence, or allow our children to suffer without objection.

September 23, 2013

Common Core Standards: Conservative Victory or Debacle in the Making?

The people who designed Common Core expected tremendous drops in proficiency rates, and that's exactly what we're seeing.

September 14, 2013

John Thompson Reviews "Confessions of a Bad Teacher"

When Bill Gates or Arne Duncan tour a high-performing school that supposedly serves the "same" kids as failing neighborhood schools and proclaim, "Amazing!," do they really believe it?

September 10, 2013

Indiana Grassroots Groups Not Ready to Exonerate Tony Bennett in School Grading Scandal

it turned out that his own rules, which he wouldn't have even considered modifying for other schools, could be rearranged at the last minute in the special case of a donor's charter school

September 06, 2013

Paul Horton: The New American Amnesia: Trouble in Gatopia II

Corporate Reform and teaching to the test for exit exams and AP courses have so atomized our national historical narrative that it no longer exists.

August 30, 2013

Lawmakers Begin to Connect the Dots Between Gates and Common Core

This is the first time I have seen legislators calling attention to the blatant conflict of interest inherent in "think tanks" posing as neutral experts on issues like Common Core,

August 20, 2013

Monitored and Ignored: Ravitch and the Rest of Us

I have actively sought to get responses from the administration. Why then would I feel disturbed to find out they are "monitoring" people like Diane Ravitch - and perhaps myself?

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