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Oh, my stars and garters! Get the fainting couch: Rick Hess has the vapors!
I've been friendly with Diane Ravitch for a long time. Encountering her historical work 20 years ago, I was struck by her hard-hitting, erudite analyses. She invited me to deliver my first featured talk (at Brookings, on my then-forthcoming Spinning Wheels book). When I was leaving UVA's Curry School of Education, she was one of the handful of mentors I turned to for guidance. A few years ago now, I hosted the first public event for her Death and Life book.All of which left me enormously disappointed as I read two blog posts that Ravitch penned over the weekend. Ravitch weighed in on a situation in Los Angeles, where principal Irma Cobian was removed from her position at Weigand Avenue Elementary School in Watts when Parent Revolution helped parents exercise California's "parent trigger" law. Ravitch started out
Guest post by Alice Mercer.
All eyes are on Chicago, and the record school closures taking place in that city. But this is a drama being played out in cities across the country, including my own, as "right-sizing", the Broad way, takes over. By now, many would have (or should have) heard that in Chicago, the projected savings have disappeared (or didn't exist in the first place), and in the face of massive protests, the mayor has thrown $55M to a classic "Edifice complex" (my husband's term for hubristic public works projects). Public will has been ignored, and the press has been muzzled.
Now we come home to Sacramento. Once again, projected savings - questionable; public will - ignored; press inquiries - we'll get back to you...much later; last, but not least, reality-based decision-making -completely absent. Let me share the sad tale of woe that has befallen my district (and to a greater degree, at least 50 teachers). When schools close or their enrollment declines, teachers lose their position (not their job, but the school they are assigned to). This can happen to teachers that have plenty of seniority, especially in the case of school closures. There were a large number of teachers looking for new positions because of my
The troubled Inglewood school district is once again facing severe financial uncertainty.
I'm traveling this week, and while I'm gone I thought I would share a few recent posts that you might have missed the first time around.
When it comes to student bullying, a task force of education researchers wants schools to focus more on addressing the underlying issues contributing to bad behavior and spend less time worrying about how to define it.
Spurred by recent school shootings and student suicides, last year the American Educational Research Association decided for the first time to formally address bullying at the K-12 and higher education level. The task force, made up of experts from a range of fields, considered existing research, identified effective policy and practice, and compiled recommendations to help schools develop more effective interventions.
The term “bullying” itself is problematic because it's become a catchall phrase for everything from relatively minor
A new study has just been published identifying the ability to distinguish patterns as a key to learning a second language:
Some research suggests that learning a second language draws on capacities that are language-specific, while other research suggests that it reflects a more general capacity for learning patterns. According to psychological scientist and lead researcher Ram Frost of Hebrew University, the data from the new study clearly point to the latter.
In my books and articles, I’ve written a lot about how we use inductive learning — which is specifically designed
Tell me what this says about us:
Fiscal year 2011 marked the first decrease in per student public education spending since the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting data on an annual basis in 1977, according to new statistics released today (dollars not adjusted for inflation). The 50 states and the District of Columbia spent $10,560 per student in 2011, down 0.4 percent from 2010. The top spenders were New York ($19,076), the District of Columbia ($18,475), Alaska ($16,674), New Jersey ($15,968) and Vermont ($15,925).
Total expenditures by public elementary and secondary school systems totaled $595.1 billion in 2011, down 1.1 percent from 2010. This is the second time total expenditures have shown a year-to-year decrease, the first time being 2010. [emphasis mine]
I'm really not interested in hearing politicians on either side of the aisle talk about "reform" when they can't even keep per pupil spending at least constant (and that's not even counting for inflation!). And I'm especially
President Barack Obama declared June to be Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Pride month. The initial declaration was made three years ago via proclamation.
Pride is an affirmation of ones self and the community as a whole. The modern "pride" movement began after the Stonewall riots in 1969.
Instead of backing down to unconstitutional raids by New York police, gay people fought back, which gave the underground community the first sense of communal pride in a very well publicized incident.
From the yearly parade that commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall riots began a national grassroots movement.
CTA continues this legacy by offering resources for educators and families around GLBT issues in education.
To join MomsRising.org and blog in support of LGBT families, click here.
The other day, something happened on my Facebook page that gave me hope for our children and our country’s future. My mom, a socially conservative evangelical Christian, hit the “like” button after I swapped my profile photo for the Human Rights Campaign’s red equal sign.
I am proud of her because, in spite of the attitudes she grew up with in her native Puerto Rico, in spite of what
Wal-Mart was hit with $110 million in US federal and state fines Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal charges of mishandling hazardous waste and pesticides at its retail stores. The world’s largest retailer was fined for dumping hazardous chemicals in city trash bins and sewer systems in.
by Diane Ravitch On a vote of 27-21, the North Carolina House Education Committee passed a voucher bill (called, euphemistically, “opportunity scholarships”). As the article linked above notes, private school vouchers will siphon a minimum of $100 million from the public schools over the next three years. In her summary, Lindsay Wagner of NC Policy ...read more
by Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch _ Dr. Markavitch explains how our comprehensive K-12 school districts are being put at risk under the name of reform and that reform has many buzzwords floating around – at least in political circles: Choice, charters, vouchers, cyber schools, performance pay, dollars following the child, parent triggers, unbundling, and privatizing. ...read more
It’s now gotten even better.
By the way, I’ve made a couple of other additions to that games list: