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Parent 'Field Trip' to Protest Standardized Tests

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 3:29 PM

The parents' group, Parent Voices NY, is staging a "field trip" and protest outside of NCS Pearson's New York City headquarters tomorrow. Pearson is one of the largest test-making companies in the nation, and recently came under fire for...

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Suppose They Gave a Standardized Test and Nobody Came?

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:22 PM

According to the parents' group Parent Voices New York, New York schools have scheduled a series of tests that will have no impact on student or teacher evaluations -- in other words, tests existing solely to provide the for-profit test provider, NCS Pearson, with data for making more...

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My Post-Academic Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 3:18 PM

You may not know it, but this is one of the most important weekends in higher education: The annual conventions for the American Historical Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Institute for Archaeology are taking place. Sure, there are other conventions, but obviously they're lame.

Actually, they're...

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Can't Afford College? Consider These 5 Alternative Paths to Your Career

(30) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 3:58 PM

As a former professor, I am often expected to praise the virtues of a college education. But I left higher ed precisely because I'd grown frustrated with its lack of concern for real-world experience.

At the same time, I think it's ridiculous to suggest that every 18-year-old should eschew college...

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