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February 16, 2012

Sorry Mr. Press Secretary, Multiple Measures Are Not Fairy Dust

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This week I engaged in another online debate with one of Arne Duncan's press secretaries, Justin Hamilton, who readers may recall asked me to "correct" my commentary a year ago after President Obama inadvertently criticized our over-reliance on standardized test...

February 07, 2012

Texas Republican Blows the Whistle on the Techno-Scholastic Complex

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody In 1961, a Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, closed his term with a speech that carried a prophetic warning. He said: Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and...

January 26, 2012

ALEC Reports on the War on Teachers

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As state after state rewrites their education laws in line with the mandates from Race to the Top and the NCLB waiver process, the teaching profession is being redefined. Teachers will now pay the price - be declared successes or failures, depending on the rise ...

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...

January 23, 2012

President Obama Wants Our Questions

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody It has been a busy week for the internet Goliaths -- education tweeters who have enjoyed turning Michelle Rhee's #sixwordessay contest on its head. Perhaps we can shift our focus to our President, whose education policies leave a great deal to be desired. Tomo...

January 18, 2012

Jerry Brown: "My Hunch is that Principals and Teachers Know the Most..."

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody In his State of the State address today, Jerry Brown continues to lead education in a direction that is different from that taken by most of the nation's governors. Like few other leaders, he seems to recognize the flaws in our over-reliance on tests, and the ne...

January 15, 2012

NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil's Bargain

Guest post by Jack Hassard. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) wants to insure that every teacher in the U.S. is evaluated on the basis on student progress on high-stakes achievement tests. To achieve this, the DOE will issues waivers on some aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange ...

January 05, 2012

NEA Stance on Teach For America Continues to Raise Questions

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The decision by Dennis Van Roekel to co-author a column with Teach For America director Wendy Kopp continues to generate negative reaction among educators, the latest being the decision by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and her son Matt Damon to reject the union's Friend ...

December 21, 2011

One Year Ago Congress Defined Untrained Novices "Highly Qualified Teachers"

Guest post by Tara Kini, Public Advocates Inc. Today marks the first anniversary of one of the most far-reaching legislative actions in education in recent memory. It was highly controversial and addressed a subject at the forefront of the ongoing debate about educational equity. But if you are lik...

December 16, 2011

Open Letter to Jon Stewart: Please Interview Your Mother

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Dear Jon Stewart, Your show Wednesday night with White House domestic affairs chief Melody Barnes was remarkable, in that you showed a far greater depth of understanding of education issues than did your guest. When you asked Ms. Barnes what work she felt pro...

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