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January 16, 2011

Rhee's Plan: Students (Test Scores) First!

If teacher pay and evaluations rest entirely on test scores, the corruption of our school system will be complete.

January 12, 2011

No, More High Stakes Testing is NOT Inevitable

The challenge for those of us who see that these emperors and empresses of reform are naked is to stay clear on our own vision of what school should be

January 07, 2011

Mike Dwyer: Value Adders - The Newest Members of the 'Monday Morning Quarterback Club'

Value added espousers are similar to people who, because they watch a sport on TV, e.g. football, they think they know how to coach and how to evaluate someone who is coaching.

January 05, 2011

We Cannot Solve the Problems with Tests by Creating MORE of Them

Billions of education dollars spent on tests are billions taken away from the classrooms where learning actually occurs. And more tests will NOT improve the trouble we have with over-reliance on testing.

January 03, 2011

Will National Standards Become the Operating System for our Schools?

Our students will do far better if we ask them to do more thinking rather than less, even if they turn out to be a bit less uniform at the end.

December 23, 2010

2010: A Year of Living in Dialogue

A catalog of this year's 131 posts -- debates, satire, guests and interviews galore!

December 13, 2010

Claudia Swisher: Value-Added Study is a Bait and Switch

The survey was not an equal component of a multi-faceted evaluation as I had hoped. This wasn't about student input; it was still about test scores.

December 12, 2010

2010 in Education: The Year of the Billionaire

As our corporations have amassed wealth and influence, they have sought domination even in the public sphere of our school system.

December 09, 2010

Anthony Colucci: Rally to Restore Sanity in Education

In a shocking display of ignorance, pay for performance has become reformers' blitzkrieg. Both common sense and research are being ignored.

December 05, 2010

Teacher Common Sense takes on Education "Reform" Nonsense

We have allowed technocrats to drive our schools with data. It is high time for teachers and parents and students to challenge the reform nonsense

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