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Want to Destroy Public Schools? Education Nation’s Got an App for That! | educationalchemy

Want to Destroy Public Schools? Education Nation’s Got an App for That! | educationalchemy:

Want to Destroy Public Schools? Education Nation’s Got an App for That!

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Everybody. Stop the presses! It’s here!
The solution to all of the social, economic, and pedagogical ills that have been plaguing our “failing” schools for decades! What is it you ask? Why Common Core apps, silly! 
Yes, now we can re mediate for the needs of ALL learners, especially those in schools with crumbling infrastructures, haunted by racist school- to- prison pipelines, failing economies, high unemployment rates, and rampant dropout rates. Who knew it could be accessed all in the palm of your hand? Or the latest iPad, I should say.
Don’t believe me? Just join me the next riveting round of Education Nation coming soon to a neighborhood near you, where you can listen to the greatest scholarly and educational minds of our century (millionaires and movie stars) expound upon their deep knowledge of “what works best” for school children. Here, they will dazzle you with tales of their own teaching experiences working with the most challenging students, their independent scholarly findings 

E. D. Hirsch Sees His Education Theories Taking Hold - NYTimes.com

E. D. Hirsch Sees His Education Theories Taking Hold - NYTimes.com:

Culture Warrior, Gaining Ground

E. D. Hirsch Sees His Education Theories Taking Hold




CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A generation after he was squarely pummeled as elitist, antiquated and narrow-minded, the education theorist E. D. Hirsch Jr. is being dragged back into the ring at the age of 85 — this time for a chance at redemption.
Michael Nagle for The New York Times
Teachers in Brooklyn training in a curriculum from E. D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Foundation.
Andrew Shurtleff for The New York Times
Mr. Hirsch.
Invitations to speak have come from Spain, Britain and China. He has won a prestigious education award. Curriculums developed by the Core Knowledge Foundation, which Mr. Hirsch created to disseminate his ideas, have recently been adopted by hundreds of schools in 25 states and recommended by the New York City Department of Education for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Not since 1987, when he first published “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know,” whose list of 5,000 essential concepts left even Ph.D.’s a little dumbstruck, has Mr. Hirsch been so in demand.
“This is a redemptive moment for E. D. Hirsch, after a quarter-century of neglect by people both conservative and liberal,” said Sol Stern, an education writer and senior 

Four decades of failed school reform - The Washington Post

Four decades of failed school reform - The Washington Post:

Four decades of failed school reform

Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post - English teacher Pat Welsh looks back on the fads that came and went

Patrick Welsh retired in June after 43 years teaching English at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.
Erika Dietz was overwhelmed when she started teaching English at T.C. Williams High School two years ago. Not because the 24-year-old struggled to connect with students or to handle the workload. Relentless, yet also patient and charming, she quickly became one of the most popular teachers at the Alexandria school, and in June 2012 she received a state-funded Titan Transformer Award for “outstanding work toward the goal of transformation” of T.C.
What bothered her was everything that went along with that goal: the consultants, the jargon, the endless stream of new reform initiatives. “It felt like every buzzword or trend in education was being thrown at us at once,” she told me over the summer, shortly after moving to Texas. “When something didn’t work right away, it was discarded the next year or even midyear.”
  • (Courtesy of Alexandria Public Schools/ Courtesy of Alexandria Public Schools ) - Superintendent Morton Sherman brought in a parade of highly paid consultants and introduced so many educational philosophies that he sowed massive confusion. He resigned last month.
(James A. Parcell/ ) - T.C. Williams High School was named one of the \"Nation's Outstanding Secondary Schools\" by the U.S. Department of Education in 1982. Now it is on the list of “persistently lowest achieving” schools.
Her frustrations echo those of other teachers at T.C. and across the country caught up in the politics of education reform. Those politics played out this past week in Florida

Diane Ravitch: Unless Teachers Write the Tests, They Won't Improve Anything | New Republic

Diane Ravitch: We Need More Teacher-Designed Tests | New Republic:

Unless Teachers Write the Tests, They Won't Improve Anything

Ezekiel Emanuel argues that more tests make students smarter, a proposition which is not as simple as it sounds. The validity of his claim comes down to such questions as "who writes the tests," "how quickly are the results reported," and "how are the scores used."
In short, we need fewer standardized tests. For the purposes Emanuel desires, today's standardized tests are useless. All are normed on a bell curve, and the results reflect the student's family income with uncanny accuracy. The SAT has become a measure of how much a student's family is able to pay for tutoring. Like all repetitive test preparation, practicing for the SAT raises test scores, but it doesn't mean the student is better educated or likelier to retain the material that was engorged for the test.
What he really admires, and appropriately so, are the regular weekly tests that he took in high school chemistry. His chemistry teacher Mr. Koontz knew what he had taught. He tested the students on what they had learned. He knew by the end of the day or over the weekend which students were keeping up and which ones were falling behind. He could act on that knowledge immediately to make sure that students understood what he thought he had taught and to explain it again to those who did not. He also learned whether to adjust his style of teaching to communicate the concepts and facts of chemistry more clearly to students. Mr. Koontz used the tests

With A Brooklyn Accent: How to Avoid What Works Best in Motivating Students

With A Brooklyn Accent: How to Avoid What Works Best in Motivating Students:

How to Avoid What Works Best in Motivating Students


In all the literature coming out of the US Department of Education, why is it I never see reference to the one thing I know that works in motivating students, but especially students in high needs communities- individual attention from a teacher, coach, arts instructor, school counselor or librarian that goes well above and beyond the call of duty and lasts for years? I know from personal experience that this works. And I also know there is no short cut using testing, technology and scripted teaching that is a substitute for it. Then why isn't it mentioned, must less promoted?. Because to have this work, you need teachers whose careers last more than a few years, who live in the communities they work in and have the cultural capital to connect with the young people they teach. And finding and supporting such teachers would go against every single education reform which is currently being 

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James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYMerrow takes a Jab at Ravitch. #NotTooHeroic | Continuing ChangeMerrow takes a Jab at Ravitch. #NotTooHeroic | Continuing Change: Merrow takes a Jab at Ravitch. #NotTooHeroic My response to John Merrow, article:http://takingnote.learningmatt




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