Sunday, July 2, 2017

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

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

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

Lily Eskelsen Garcia Blasts DeVos and Trump at NEA convention

At the NEA representative Assembly in Boston, President Lily Eskelsen Garcia brought some 8,000 delegates to their feet as she denounced Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump for their abandonment of America’s most vulnerable children and 

The Bipartisan Establishment at Play in the Hamptons

Who owns the world? The Establishment at play, as reported by Politico. Frenemies. “OUT AND ABOUT IN THE HAMPTONS — LALLY WEYMOUTH held her annual summer party last night at her house in Southampton. There was a 

Trump Tweet Threatens Violence to Journalists, Undermines First Amendment

This morning, Trump tweeted an old video of himself pummeling a wrestler after the wrestler was thrown out of the ring. The wrestler taking Trump’s blows is labeled CNN. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7/2/17, 9:21 AM 

Michael Hynes: Our Insane Obsession with Testing

Dr. Michael Hynes, superintendent of the schools in Patchogue-Medford on Long Island (New York) really knows what “whole child education” is. I wish he were advising Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who throw the term around, as in 

The Absurdity of Applying Industrial Lingo to Schools

I recently read a post by Larry Cuban about the difficulty of “scaling up successful reforms,” and I was reminded how much I dislike the application of industrial terminology to schooling. Larry offers some examples of successful 

Mike Klonsky: Most Schools in Chicago Violate Rights of ELL Students

Mike Klonsky reports that most schools in Chicago are violating the right of English language learners to mandated services they need. The worst violators, naturally, were charter schools. Fifteen were run by the UNO Network of Charter 

D.C.: 100% of the Graduates of Struggling High School Accepted into College

NPR reported that 100% of the graduates of a struggling high school are going to college. Usually, we hear this about charter schools, but they usually forget to tell you how many students dropped out before reaching 12th grade or graduation. Nor do they refer to test scores. Urban Academy in Chicago, for example, is celebrated in the media for getting 100% of its graduates into college but the s
James C. Wilson: The Intellectual Arrogance of So-Called Reformers

James C. Wilson reflects here on the intellectual arrogance of people who know nothing about education but decide they should reinvent it. The list of the arrogant would include certain foundations and philanthropists, certain legislators and other elected officials, and a long list of sheltered think tanks. They all went to school so they think themselves qualified to redesign it. They never per


The Best Birthday Card of the Day

I got this card from my friend Leonie Haimson. It reminded me of when I could move like the person on the card. Of course, there was also a great card from Cece Cunningham, with a picture of a gray-haired old lady with a gorgeous body, waist about 24″, in a bikini.. The card says, “Helen ran out of funds halfway through her extreme makeover.”
Why Is Trump Obsessed with Cable News?

For the last few days, Trump has been obsessed with cable news stations, especially Morning Joe and CNN. This morning, he unleashed a tweet storm of rants against news stations. I am no fan of Joe and Mika because Morning Hoe has a long history of featuring critics of public schools and never inviting anyone who disagreed with them (like me). Whether it was Rhee or Klein or any other mouthpiece f
Good News! Our Friend Linda Weber Qualified to Run for Congress in New Jersey!

Last night, I issued a last-minute appeal to help Linda Weber raise the last bit as f money she needed to qualify by midnight, only two-and-a-half-hours to go. She needed $1,100 to reach $120,000. She did it! You helped to put her over the top! Linda and Mark Weber thank you. I thank you. On to win the 7th Congressional District in New Jersey.
Courage or Madness: One of Most Amazing Stunts Ever

This has nothing to do with education. It is a video of a man jumping from an airplane 25,000 feet high. He is not wearing a parachute. He has to land in a net almost five miles below the airplane. Why am I posting it? I have watched it many times. I have shown it to friends. It amazes me. I get a sense of awe. The courage. The madness. The determination. The fearlessness. Maybe it inspired me to
Robert Sternberg on the Scourge of Standardized Testing: Are We Producing a Society of “Smart Fools?”

Robert Sternberg has studied intelligence for many years. In this interview by Scientific American, Sternberg decries the new era of standardized testing. At last weekend’s annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Boston, Cornell University psychologist Robert Sternberg sounded an alarm about the influence of standardized tests on American society. Sternberg, who has s
I Recommend This Book: Richard Rothstein’s “The Color of Law”

You know how sometimes you read a book and wish that everyone else would read it too? That’s the way I felt when I finished reading Richard Rothstein’s compelling new book, “The Color of Law.” I wished that every member of the Supreme Court would read it. Even Neil Gorsuch. I wished that every federal judge would read it. I hope you will read it. It is a major contribution to our understanding of
SomeDAM Poet: “The Midnight Blog of Diane Ravitch”

Thank you, dear Poet. I blush. And I laughed out loud. “The Midnight Blog of Diane Ravitch” (apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) Hear ye, my teachers, of techy wares The “teaching” inventions of billionaires Of testing and Cores Political whores And a blogger with passion who really cares She said to her friends, “If the billionaires roll By software or hard, from your towns tonight Hang a l
Good News: Chicago Public Schools Outperform Matched Schools Across Illinois!

A new study reaches a very heartening conclusion. Despite all the brickbats hurled at the Chicago Public Schools over the past 30 years, student achievement in these schools is the best in the state, when compared to similar 
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