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April 05, 2011

Dept. of Ed Responds Again: "Secretary Duncan Totally Concurs with President Obama"

A week ago I posted a blog pointing out that President Obama's remarks at a town hall meeting seemed to undermine Department of Education policies. I received a request for a correction to my post from Justin Hamilton, Press Secretary to Secretary Duncan. He agreed to answer some questions for me. F...

April 03, 2011

Obama Knows Best, Part 2: "Too Often we are Using These Tests to Punish Students or Schools."

Last Monday, President Obama went off script at a town hall meeting, and in response to a question from student Luis Zelaya, offered us a vision for education. In 338 words, he made it clear that current Department of Education policy is way out of line with what he knows is best for his own daughte...

April 02, 2011

Obama Knows Best, Part One: How Should we Assess Learning?

The journalist Michael Kinsley once said "a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth." A week ago, President Obama opened his mouth in an unscripted town hall, and the truth accidentally fell out. By now, you have read his words. You can view the event here. President Obama was respo...

April 01, 2011

Obama's Policies Under Fire: Department of Ed Responds

On Monday night I posted a blog pointing out that President Obama's remarks at a town hall meeting seemed to undermine Department of Education policies. I received a request for a correction to my post from Justin Hamilton, Press Secretary to Secretary Duncan. He agreed to answer some questions for ...

April 01, 2011

Just Who is Misinterpreting President Obama on Education Policy?

The four questions the Department of Education promises to answer soon (here are answers to the first three) On Monday I wrote a post contrasting President Obama's insightful thoughts about standardized tests to policies that are being pursued by his own Department of Education. Justin Hamilton, a...

March 29, 2011

Obama Blasts His Own Education Policies

President Obama, I loved the way you described the role of assessment. It should be occasional, not punitive, and used to help diagnose where students need help. Is there a way we could get your Department of Education's policies to align with your personal vision?

March 10, 2011

The White House Is of Two Minds When It Comes to Bullying

Just as our children should stand with the victims of the schoolyard bully, parents and teachers at schools that escape the "failing" label should stand with those left behind, those fat kids with big ears, the schools with the vast majority of their children living in poverty.

March 09, 2011

Should Schools Trade Seniority for "Effectiveness" Rankings?

We will not drive improvement by intensifying the climate of fear that already plagues these schools. These schools already spend far too much time focused on test preparation, sacrificing the aspects of school most likely to engage and enliven their students.

March 06, 2011

Obama is Right: Education is a Bi-Partisan Issue

Education reform is not a partisan issue. Teachers have to stand up to Democrats and Republicans alike. And we will not be holding fundraisers or walking precincts for candidates of either party that pursue these destructive policies.

February 27, 2011

An Unlikely Hero Breaks Through the Blackout: Diane Ravitch

she has spoken passionately about the many teachers who have been writing to her as a result of her advocacy. She has truly given us a voice in places where we have been silenced. And she is tireless in her advocacy.

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