Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Diane in the Evening 8-27-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:






Students Explain: “What Makes a Good Teacher?”
Bill Gates has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in search of an answer to the question: “What makes a good teacher?” Arne Duncan, building on his record in Chicago, knows what makes a good teacher: It is the teacher who raises test scores, and he has spent billions of dollars to induce every state to agree with him. Here, the students of Madison, Connecticut explain what makes a good teacher.

BAT Version of Wizard of Oz
Here is the latest creative product of the BATs. It is their version of the Wizard of Oz. Can you guess: Who is innocent Dorothy? Who is the Wicked Witch? Who is the Good Witch? Who is the Tin Man, who lacks a heart? Who is the Scarecrow, who lacks a brain? Who is the Cowardly Lion? Who controls the Flying Monkeys? And who is the Wizard of Oz?
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 8-27-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Congratulations, John Owen, “Bad Teacher” of the Year!A terrific interview in USA Today with John Owen, who patiently explains what is really happening today in education.   A sample:   Q: You call yourself a “bad” teacher. When did this idea first occur to you? A: I was a bad teacher because I was a teacher. Today, “bad teacher” a

Why I Decided to Endorse Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City | Diane Ravitch
Why I Decided to Endorse Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City | Diane Ravitch: Why I Decided to Endorse Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York CityPosted: 08/27/2013 9:00 amAfter much deliberation, I have decided to support Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City.I thought long and hard, because I know and respect some of the other candidates.I issued the following statement to the de Blasio



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