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February 24, 2011

What Does a "Good Wife" Do When a "Stern Father" Becomes Abusive?

the teacher has become a sort of "wife." And there is pressure on her to be a "good wife." The "good wife" must subordinate herself to the authority of the father, and enforce the rules the father has set forth.

February 23, 2011

Solidarity Forever: Let This Principle Defend our Schools

In the streets of Madison, and in solidarity events around the country an old song is being sung, one I have not heard for many years.

February 18, 2011

Are You There, Mr. President? Madison is Calling

Did you hear that our international test scores are actually excellent when we look at the scores of the children not living in poverty? Do you really believe poverty has nothing to do with the woes of our public schools? Have you read the research?

February 15, 2011

Marie Levey-Pabst: Will the Teach For America Elite Save the Poor?

If we as a country really believe that sending in privileged folks to see how the "other" side lives is part of the solution to our education problem I think that is denying collective ownership of the problem of inequality and it is also ignoring what the folks we are "helping" have to offer.

February 14, 2011

Let's Show Struggling Schools Some REAL Love: A Valentine for the Bottom 5%

We must show teachers at our most difficult schools our appreciation for the challenges they are taking on, and give them the support they need, not pretend to be giving them "love" in the form of firing them.

February 05, 2011

Victoria Young: This Idaho Parent Prefers Teachers to Laptops

In essence, here in Idaho, we will use technology not as a tool to improve education but as a replacement for 770 teachers in order to make the dollars come out right.

February 03, 2011

Chuck Olynyk: Still Truth-telling about "Failing Schools"

Many of us did not reapply. We were not abandoning the school we loved. We were fighting to save it.

January 28, 2011

Sir Ken Robinson Shakes Up the Standards Paradigm

Increasingly it's about that as you look at the growth of standardised testing and standardised curricula. and it's about standardisation. I believe we've got go in the exact opposite direction. That's what I mean about changing the paradigm.

January 27, 2011

Is Data Driving us into a Dead End?

Unfortunately, in our current paradigm, often it is the teacher that emphasizes test preparation, assuming he or she "teaches like a champion" and gets good test scores, that is regarded as the most effective.

January 25, 2011

Teachers: How do We Propose to Measure Student Outcomes?

Teachers are far more interested in the more authentic assessments I describe here, because they actually help us improve

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