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2nd Banana 9-6-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform



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Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones
Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones: Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common CoreHow a bipartisan education reform effort became the biggest conservative bogeyman since Obamacare.—By Tim Murphy| September/October 2014 IssueEmail262Illustration: Chris BuzelliONE NIGHT LAST SEPTEMBER, a 46-year-old Veterans Administration research manager named Robert Small showed up at a public



Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers? - The Atlantic
Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers? - The Atlantic: Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers?Healthcare has its critics, but few of them are calling for doctors to be replaced. Education is different—and as a new book reveals, it has been throughout U.S. history.  America hates teachers.That's not exactly the thesis of Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars, but her account of 200 years of educatio



Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common
Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common: Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson MandelaIn America, under the guise of education reform, an initiative called Common Core acts as an insurance policy issued by some of the most powerful think tanks and foundations of both the left and



Labor Day 2014 Quotes, sayings and solidarity - Happy Labor Day!
Quotes in Support of Labor UnionsFranklin Delano Roosevelt:It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.Pope Paul VI:The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development


9-5-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: September 17th Is U.S. Constitution Day — Here Are Related Resources© 2010 Mr.TinDC, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Federal legislation requires schools in the United States to offer lessons related to the U.S. Constitution on U.S. Constitution Day — September 17th of each year. You might be interested in The Best Sites For


State awards Common Core test contract | EdSource
State awards Common Core test contract | EdSource: State awards Common Core test contractSeptember 3, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No Comments SHARE THIS ARTICLEWith the State Board of Education’s approval, California became the ninth state Wednesday to award a contract to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for the standardized tests in the Common Core State Standards that students will t




Yo Sac Bee: You Hate Teachers, You Hate Public Education and Love the 1%, We get it!
Editorial: Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible – unless you’re state’s top education official - Editorials - The Sacramento Bee: Yo Sac Bee: You Hate Teachers, You Hate Public Education and Love the 1%, We get it!Editorial: Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible – unless you’re state’s top education officialBy the Editorial BoardPublished: Thursday, Sep. 4, 201

Morning Wink 9-5-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-5-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Plunderbund: Ohio’s Richest Charter HaulThe Ohio blogger Plunderbund here lays out the astonishing record of William Lager and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.(ECOT). This online charter sch


9-3-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Video: Iceland VolcanoI’m adding this video to The Best Sites For Learning About Volcanoes:7 by Larry Ferlazzo / 12h hide  //  saveAll My Ed Week Posts On “Relationships” From The Past 3 Years — In One Place!My latest Ed Week Teacher column brings together all my posts there from the past three years on the topic of “relati


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-5-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Plunderbund: Ohio’s Richest Charter HaulThe Ohio blogger Plunderbund here lays out the astonishing record of William Lager and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.(ECOT). This online charter school is the largest charter in the state. It receives almost $100 million a year from the state. “On the latest report cards released by th


Who is More Popular than US Sec of Education Arne Duncan? - NYTimes.com
Indian Leader’s School Visit Draws Fire - NYTimes.com: Indian Leader’s School Visit Draws Fire NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appeared before millions of India’s schoolchildren, answering respectful questions with an avuncular twinkle for an hour and a half, and telling stories about his own school days.Yet behind the seeming informality of the format was an elaborate, labor-in


CTA Launches Back to School Ad Campaign- California Teachers Association
- California Teachers Association: CTA Launches Back to School Ad CampaignContact: Frank Wells (562) 708-5425 or Claudia Briggs (916) 325-1550.TV, Radio, Print Ads Focus on Teacher-Led Reforms and Well-Rounded Education that Ensures Student SuccessAs educators, we know what really works to improve student learning. It’s why we’ve led efforts to turn around hundreds of lower-performing schools. Wor


Nite Cap 9-5-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAP9-5-14 Living in Dialogue - End Suspensions, and Bring Play Back to Kindergarten - Living in DialogueEnd Suspensions, and Bring Play Back to Kindergarten - Living in Dialogue: End Suspensions, and Bring Play Back to KindergartenBy Sara Lahm. Is t


9-5-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools UpdatesFrom last Friday's "Friday Memo" from the Superintendent Here's something interesting from the press conference with the Mayor that included Superintendent Nyland.  The Superintendent referenced a "taskforce" about African-American student outcomes.  I was a bit puzzled but the Friday memo from the Superintendent has the &
9-5-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): Morning Read: Lawmakers tightening accountability of LCFFMorning Read: Lawmakers tightening accountability of LCFF Activists win further regulation of LCFF money School administrators are still balking at attempts by lawmakers and other student advocacy groups to further tighten accountability restriction

Activists win further regulation of LCFF money :: SI&A Cabinet Report
Activists win further regulation of LCFF money :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: SEPTEMBER 05, 2014Activists win further regulation of LCFF moneyby Kimberly Beltran(Calif.) School administrators are still balking at attempts by lawmakers and other student advocacy groups to further tighten accountability restrictions under the state’s new sch


Morning Wink 9-5-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-5-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Plunderbund: Ohio’s Richest Charter HaulThe Ohio blogger Plunderbund here lays out the astonishing record of William Lager and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.(ECOT). This online charter sch
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-5-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Plunderbund: Ohio’s Richest Charter HaulThe Ohio blogger Plunderbund here lays out the astonishing record of William Lager and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.(ECOT). This online charter school is the largest charter in the state. It receives almost $100 million a year from the state. “On the latest report cards released by th
9-5-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: State school funding. Reduce the size of the pie. Slice it into smaller pieces.Illinois school funding is a cruel joke. Since we already ranks at the bottom in state school funding, the burden falls on local districts to raise money locally. Rich school districts do fine. Poor ones, not so much. To fi
9-5-14 Answer Sheet
Answer Sheet: Teacher: No longer can I throw my students to the ‘testing wolves’Dawn Neely-Randall, who just started her 25th year of teaching, is sick and tired of the effects that obsessive standardized testing is having on her students. She is a member of the Badass Teachers Association,  a national group of more than 51,000 educators who came together to organize resistance to school reform th
9-5-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: September 17th Is U.S. Constitution Day — Here Are Related Resources© 2010 Mr.TinDC, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Federal legislation requires schools in the United States to offer lessons related to the U.S. Constitution on U.S. Constitution Day — September 17th of each year. You might be interested in The Best Sites For
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-5-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: LUDICROUS³: The consensus of opinion of serving and retired LA County superintendents on John Deasy’s superintendencysmf writes for 4LAKidsNews 4 Sept 2014  ::  I spoke this afternoon separately to three different school superintendents from three distinct and different school districts in L.A. County - two retired and one still practicing the craft – a
9-5-14 Hemlock on the Rocks
Hemlock on the Rocks: Paying Teachers Less Will Make them MORE EffectiveAmerica's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report Posted: 09/04/2014 7:19 pm EDT Updated: 29 minutes ago  When it comes to education, the United States isn't getting all the bang it could for its buck, according to a new report. GEMS Education, an education consulting firm, released its "Efficie

OSI Rent-a-Cop Comes Calling on a Teacher - southbronxschool
http://www.southbronxschool.com: OSI Rent-a-Cop Comes Calling on a TeacherI have been transferred.For those that recall, last year I spent my Rubber Room time at 4360 Broadway. Worse, I was held captive alone for over 6 months until I was allowed compatriots. I shared with the readers of this blog mycaptivity, my friends, and how I acclimated myself to the whims of my captors.I am now at 1230 Zere
SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S IPAD SCANDAL- JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG - Perdaily.com
SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S IPAD SCANDAL- JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG - Perdaily.com: SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S IPAD SCANDAL- JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG(Mensaje se repite en Español)Given the present iPAD scandal that in reality is just the latest incarnation of a long list of corrupt practices at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one can only hope that finally the curtain will b
The Illusionist | Bob Braun's Ledger
The Illusionist | Bob Braun's Ledger: The IllusionistAntoinette Baskerville-Richardson, a school board member, recrods data on empty buses on the first day of schoolCami Anderson, Chris Christie’s overseer of the Newark schools, spent a good part of the first day of school traveling to schools she knew would be orderly, stopping along the way to give impromptu news conferences in which she praised

Why has U.S. academic success dropped? The answer may be on the playground | Deseret News National
Why has U.S. academic success dropped? The answer may be on the playground | Deseret News National: Why has U.S. academic success dropped? The answer may be on the playgroundA fierce rash on the boy's flushed face was Tim Walker’s first clue his student was stressed.“I need my 75 minutes of recess,” the fifth-grader demanded. He knew the American teacher was fresh off the boat, new to the Finnish


America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report
America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report: America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: ReportPosted: 09/04/2014 7:19 pm EDT Updated: 29 minutes ago When it comes to education, the United States isn't getting all the bang it could for its buck, according to a new report.GEMS Education, an education consulting firm, released its "Effi
Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones
Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones: Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common CoreHow a bipartisan education reform effort became the biggest conservative bogeyman since Obamacare.—By Tim Murphy| September/October 2014 IssueEmail262Illustration: Chris BuzelliONE NIGHT LAST SEPTEMBER, a 46-year-old Veterans Administration research manager named Robert Small showed up at a public
Nite Cap 9-4-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPYo Sac Bee: You Hate Teachers, You Hate Public Education and Love the 1%, We get it!Editorial: Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible – unless you’re state’s top education official - Editorials - The Sacramento Bee: Yo Sac Bee: Y
Yo Sac Bee: You Hate Teachers, You Hate Public Education and Love the 1%, We get it!
Editorial: Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible – unless you’re state’s top education official - Editorials - The Sacramento Bee: Yo Sac Bee: You Hate Teachers, You Hate Public Education and Love the 1%, We get it!Editorial: Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible – unless you’re state’s top education officialBy the Editorial BoardPublished: Thursday, Sep. 4, 201

9-4-14 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: The Broad Foundation Makes a ChangeLast week the folks at the Broad Academy (motto: "You're a superintendent because you say you are") dropped some new on the education world. If you need a refresher (or just a fresher) on what the Broad Academy is, just click over to this tutorial. In the meantime, just remember that a dream is a wish your heart makes, and if your heart



9/3/2014 – The Education Conversation ‘Reformers’ Want Versus The One They Get
9/3/2014 – The Education Conversation ‘Reformers’ Want Versus The One They Get: 9/3/2014 – The Education Conversation ‘Reformers’ Want Versus The One They GetSeptember 3, 2014 SubscribeTHIS WEEK: Hating Teachers … Grit Not So Good … Music Lessons Help Disadvantaged Kids … Never-Ending Testing … Fox News Lauds Arming TeachersTOP STORYThe Education Conversation ‘Reformers’ Want Versus The One They G
Morning Wink 9-4-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-4-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: The Politico Top 50Thank you to Politico magazine for naming me one of the Top 50 political figures whose ideas are making a difference. The bio says “For standing up for teachers, not tests.” I
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-4-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: The Politico Top 50Thank you to Politico magazine for naming me one of the Top 50 political figures whose ideas are making a difference. The bio says “For standing up for teachers, not tests.” I am honored to be in such illustrious company!2 by dianeravitch / 10min hide  //  saveMarc Tucker Calls for a New Accountability SystemMarc
9-4-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Fight for 15.1 by Fred Klonsky / 5min hide  //  saveRobin Potter. Karen Lewis at the National Lawyers Guild.- Chicago activist and attorney Robin Potter sends this: The National Lawyers Guild is holding its national convention starting Thursday in Chicago. The NLG is a pivotal progressive organization

On Honest and Civil Conversation (Simmer Down Now) | The Jose Vilson
On Honest and Civil Conversation (Simmer Down Now) | The Jose Vilson: On Honest and Civil Conversation (Simmer Down Now) SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 JOSE 1 COMMENTThe first audience reaction to my speech at the Network for Public Education came from a older, burly white man with big hands and a soft voice. Not that any of this scares me much since I’m from the hood, but context matters.“Jose, I’m glad you’r
Pearson: Inside the Belly of a Very Troubled Beast | Alan Singer
Pearson: Inside the Belly of a Very Troubled Beast | Alan Singer: Pearson: Inside the Belly of a Very Troubled Beast"And the noise was in the beast's belly like unto the questing of thirty couple hounds." -Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, Book 1, chapter XIX, c. 14769Being trapped in the belly of the beast is scary. In the Old Testament, Jonah was trapped in the belly of a great f
The Wal-Mart-ization of Education: Wal-Mart Wants Classrooms to Run More Like a Business, Teachers Are Fighting Back | Randi Weingarten
The Wal-Mart-ization of Education: Wal-Mart Wants Classrooms to Run More Like a Business, Teachers Are Fighting Back | Randi Weingarten: The Wal-Mart-ization of Education: Wal-Mart Wants Classrooms to Run More Like a Business, Teachers Are Fighting BackAs part of Wal-Mart's back-to-school marketing efforts, the company recently launched a series of teacher appreciation videos, ads, hashtags and di

Nite Cap 9-3-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAP4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-3-144LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: DEASY: “Dear LAUSD Family, I would like to speak to you personally…” but instead here are two links to the same memo I sent to the Board of Ed yesterda



Tim Slekar: Ask Scott Walker and Mary Burke meaningful questions about education : Ct
Tim Slekar: Ask Scott Walker and Mary Burke meaningful questions about education : Ct: Tim Slekar: Ask Scott Walker and Mary Burke meaningful questions about educationNews media are missing the point by covering the political back-and-forth over education policy between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke, says blogger Tim Slekar.“Who cares?” writes Slekar, dean of the School of


BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils
BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils: BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils:BustED Pencils: Fully Leaded Education Talk is a progressive talk radio show. The show is hosted by Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Jed Hopkins. BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils:


9-3-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Education Post: A Sorry Attempt to Repackage Privatization as “Conversation”There is a test-score-driven, privatizing war on public schools and on the teaching profession. It is no secret that those chiefly financing the war stand above the chaos they create via their “philanthropy.” In short, they use their billions in order to promote their own ideal of American education priva
It Isn’t Over in Lee County or Elsewhere! And About Common Core…
It Isn’t Over in Lee County or Elsewhere! And About Common Core…: It Isn’t Over in Lee County or Elsewhere! And About Common Core…SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 BY NANCY BAILEY

9-3-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Video: Iceland VolcanoI’m adding this video to The Best Sites For Learning About Volcanoes:7 by Larry Ferlazzo / 12h hide  //  saveAll My Ed Week Posts On “Relationships” From The Past 3 Years — In One Place!My latest Ed Week Teacher column brings together all my posts there from the past three years on the topic of “relati


State awards Common Core test contract | EdSource
State awards Common Core test contract | EdSource: State awards Common Core test contractSeptember 3, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No Comments SHARE THIS ARTICLEWith the State Board of Education’s approval, California became the ninth state Wednesday to award a contract to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for the standardized tests in the Common Core State Standards that students will t



9-3-14 Hemlock on the Rocks
Hemlock on the Rocks: NPR Whitewashes Charter Schools and Disaster Capitalism in New Orleans | the becoming radicalNPR WHITEWASHES CHARTER SCHOOLS AND DISASTER CAPITALISM IN NEW ORLEANS It was bad enough when NPR whitewashed the "grit" narrative, but now NPR is whitewashing charter schools and disaster capitalism in New Orleans. Framed as "remarkable changes," erasing public sc



Big Education Ape Has Jury Duty
Big Education Ape Has Jury DutyIn the PM





BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils
BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils: BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils:BustED Pencils: Fully Leaded Education Talk is a progressive talk radio show. The show is hosted by Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Jed Hopkins. BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils:
VAMs in U.S. Healthcare: A Parody |
VAMs in U.S. Healthcare: A Parody |: VAMs in U.S. Healthcare: A Parody Remember the AZ teacher who has written some great posts for us at VAMboozled (seehere and here)? She’s at it again. Read this one for an (unfortunately) humorous parody on the topic of VAMs and how they might also be used to evaluate America’s doctors.We have a real problem in this country. People are dying. They are dying fro
Brazile: It's all about the children by Donna Brazile | The Herald-News
Brazile: It's all about the children | The Herald-News: Brazile: It's all about the childrenTime and again, we hear this refrain from everyone who ever talks about education, from every angle. It’s been the purported basis of speeches, documentaries and now lawsuits.But how can it be all about the children when you have some – under the guise of “education reform” – undermining America’s public sc
L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad report - LA Times
L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad report - LA Times: L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad reportLos  Angeles school board member Monica Ratliff will seek the release of an internal probe into the decision to provide iPads to every student in the nation’s second-largest school system.Officials had classified the report, by the school district’s inspe
Nite Cap 9-2-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPempathyeducates – Why ‘Funny Kid Shaming’ Isn’t Really Funnyempathyeducates – Why ‘Funny Kid Shaming’ Isn’t Really Funny: Why ‘Funny Kid Shaming’ Isn’t Really FunnyPhotograph; Teenage girl (16-18) sitting by laptop, woman in background. A mother?
empathyeducates – Why ‘Funny Kid Shaming’ Isn’t Really Funny
empathyeducates – Why ‘Funny Kid Shaming’ Isn’t Really Funny: Why ‘Funny Kid Shaming’ Isn’t Really FunnyPhotograph; Teenage girl (16-18) sitting by laptop, woman in background. A mother? A stranger? What is the relationship and if the girl is shamed what will she think?By Vicki Hoefle | Originally Published at Huffington Post. august 21, 2014 2:11 PMWe live in a society of over-sharing, thanks to
Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Banda | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education
Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Banda | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Bandapublished by Kate_Lenox on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:30amIt's back to school today in Sacramento and the Sunday Bee opinion page had some advice for Sac City Unified's new Superintendent, Jose Banda. The Bee editorial board are self-appointe

The Common Core Should Be Implemented Properly By Randi Weingarten - US News
The Common Core Should Be Implemented Properly - US News: Don't Rush the Common CoreProper implementation is key to reforming education standards.By Randi WeingartenThis week, we learned from a PDK/Gallup poll that support for the Common Core State Standards has dropped drastically in the last year. Unfortunately, the fall in support comes as no surprise. Botched implementation and a rush to high-


Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers? - The Atlantic
Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers? - The Atlantic: Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers?Healthcare has its critics, but few of them are calling for doctors to be replaced. Education is different—and as a new book reveals, it has been throughout U.S. history.  America hates teachers.That's not exactly the thesis of Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars, but her account of 200 years of educatio
Morning Wink 9-2-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS9-2-14 Schools MatterSchools Matter: Testing Hysteria Lite, by Marc TuckerIf you were to believe the spin in the New York Times the other day, you would think that Marc Tucker, who has long been Hillary Clinton's main man on education issues, had decided that high stakes testing was a thing of the past: "Tucker would not abolish tests, but he would ha

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-2-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Why Does the U.S. Test More Often and Earlier than Any High-Performing Nation?Education policymakers in the U.S. seem to think that more tests will produce higher achievement, but there is no evidence for this assumption. As this article from the Center on International Education Benchmarking shows, the U.S. tests more frequently t


9-2-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): It’s Time to Stop Treating Black and Brown Kids Like ‘Other People’s Children’ | AlternetIt’s Time to Stop Treating Black and Brown Kids Like ‘Other People’s Children’ | Alternet1 by plthomasedd / 6min 9-1-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindnessthe b


Poaching Students the Publishers Clearing House Way - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher
Poaching Students the Publishers Clearing House Way - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Poaching Students the Publishers Clearing House WayBy Nancy Flanagan on September 1, 2014 10:04 PMWhen our daughter, Christine, was ready to start kindergarten, we were not convinced that the K-12 public school in the district where we lived, a tiny farming community in mid-Michigan, was a goo

Gates Grant to “Further Hardwire the Common Core Curriculum” ?? | deutsch29
Gates Grant to “Further Hardwire the Common Core Curriculum” ?? | deutsch29: Gates Grant to “Further Hardwire the Common Core Curriculum” ??September 1, 2014One way to ensure permanence in the field of electronics is to “hardwire”– which means to “permanently connect.”In electronics, “hardwiring” refers to circuitry.For billionaire public education purchaser Bill Gates, circuitry and mass educatio

The Poor Pay the Highest Price for Charter School Experiments — Part 3 — Newark | Life at the Intersections
The Poor Pay the Highest Price for Charter School Experiments — Part 3 — Newark | Life at the Intersections: THE POOR PAY THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR CHARTER SCHOOL EXPERIMENTS — PART 3 — NEWARKNewark parents and students wait in long lines to find out their school assignment. Next, they stand in line at another location to actually enroll. Credit: myfoxtampabay.comThis is the 3rd in a series of three p


Why is Teaching the Most Controversial Profession in America? | Dana Goldstein
Why is Teaching the Most Controversial Profession in America? | Dana Goldstein: Why is Teaching the Most Controversial Profession in America?Vox’s fabulous education reporter, Libby Nelson, was one of the first people to read The Teacher Wars, and was kind enough to publish this Q&A with me about the book.Libby Nelson: We spend a lot of time talking about who should be a teacher, or why good t
Nite Cap 9-1-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPNYC Public School Parents: NYSAPE Governor's Candidate Scorecard; take a look!NYC Public School Parents: NYSAPE Governor's Candidate Scorecard; take a look!: NYSAPE Governor's Candidate Scorecard; take a look!FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 1,
NYC Public School Parents: NYSAPE Governor's Candidate Scorecard; take a look!
NYC Public School Parents: NYSAPE Governor's Candidate Scorecard; take a look!: NYSAPE Governor's Candidate Scorecard; take a look!FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 1, 2014More information contact:Eric Mihelbergel (716) 553-1123; nys.allies@gmail.comLisa Rudley (917) 414-9190; nys.allies@gmail.comNYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) www.nysape.orgGovernor Cuomo’s Education Positions Aligned to
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-1-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Investor Update: APPLE INC. ON WATCH OVER LAUSD ISSUESby Ed Palmer| Financial Wired | http://bit.ly/1nQ647K August 26, 2014  ::  by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is on watch after Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy says he is suspending a $1 billion iPad initiative with AAPL amid scrutiny over Deasy’s close ties with AAPL and Pearson Plc (PSO) and

Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common
Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common: Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson MandelaIn America, under the guise of education reform, an initiative called Common Core acts as an insurance policy issued by some of the most powerful think tanks and foundations of both the left and
9-1-14 Living in Dialogue - Edu-Politics 101, Part Two: The High Cost of Pleasing the Powerful
Home - Living in Dialogue: Edu-Politics 101, Part Two: The High Cost of Pleasing the PowerfulBy John Thompson. I twice supported Barack Obama for president. Throughout President Obama’s first term, I asked what we teachers might have done to provoke him so. Were his anti-teacher policies the avoidable result of teachers and unions being too slow to address conditions in Chicago schools? By now, it

Editorial: Banda needs to suck up to the mayor right away - Opinion - The Sacramento Bee
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