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Arnold Dodge, Ph.D., is the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at LIU-Post located in Brookville, NY. Dr. Dodge retired in August 2007 after serving as Superintendent of Schools in the East Rockaway School District. Prior to assuming the superintendency, he served in districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties as a central office curriculum administrator, school principal and teacher. In his forty-third year in education, Dr. Dodge’s particular interest focuses on the effects of high-stakes testing on students, teachers, schools and families. Additionally, his research has included the impact of poverty on schools in the US and in South Africa. In addition to his South Africa project, he recently visited schools in China and Finland with teams of public school and higher ed colleagues.

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The Destruction of Democracy and Creativity in Our Schools: Mission Accomplished

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 6:32 PM

"When you're rich they think you know. The most important men will come to fawn on me! It won't make one bit of difference if I'm right or wrong." -- Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof

The final section of the tapestry woven by billionaires and bloviators to control the means...

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Genetically Modified Teaching

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Under a sky the color of pea soup she is looking at her work growing away there actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans as things grow in the real world, slowly enough. If you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water, if you provide birds that eat...
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Teaching as a Subversive Activity

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 5:21 PM

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue ~ Barry Goldwater


Recently I was talking with a friend, sharing with him that someone I know had...

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Education Policy Today: The Death of Gestalt, the Rise of Data and Why W.E. Deming is Turning Over in His Grave

(6) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:58 PM

" ... it is almost impossible to read about educational reform in the dominant media except as a tool to educate people for the workforce... In other words, education is a form of commerce and nothing more. " -- Henry Giroux

Not so long ago, one of the premier...

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Education in the 'Twilight Zone'

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:02 PM

For those old enough to remember, one of the nation's favorite TV programs of the 50s was Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. As a youngster, I was fascinated and terrified by the show at the same time. Serling came up with mind-bending plots that had everyone talking the next day....

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When Stakes are High and Outcomes Questionable, Parents Should Resist

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:34 PM

I am the parent of two grown children. Luckily, I did not have to face the challenges of high stakes testing while my children were in public school. I am quite sure, however, that I would have adopted the same philosophy that I used with other decisions affecting my children:...

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Bad Science

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:42 AM

There's an old joke that goes something like this: a scientist - of dubious reputation - sets out to discover how far a frog will jump under adverse conditions. He sets up a measured course, places the frog at the zero mark and begins his trials. His research plan is...

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No Brief Candle: Lessons from Madiba

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.
~ George Bernard Shaw


I...

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The Schoolhouse: Where Dreams Go to Die?

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:11 AM

"The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts." --Albert Einstein

As an educator for nearly 45 years, I can't remember the highlights of my career in terms of academic accomplishments nearly as clearly as I can remember the emotional highs I got when kids...

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The Drownings Will Continue Until Test Scores Improve

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:24 PM

"We can't wait... We have to just jump into the deep end."
The quote above was delivered by the head of the Regents, the most powerful governing body regarding educational policy in New York State. (No surprise in a state whose governor recently said, "There has to be a death...
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It's the Complexity, Stupid

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM

The United States has degenerated into a social order that is awash in public stupidity and views critical thought as both a liability and a threat. Not only is this obvious in the presence of a celebrity culture that embraces the banal and idiotic, but also in the prevailing discourses...

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Stress Test

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 11:29 AM

As the school year came to a close in my county, a front page story in our regional newspaper blasted a local school district for routinely boosting the scores of secondary students on state tests by one or two points to make the passing cut off point. Surely, this boost...

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Silent Fall

(32) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 3:29 PM

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke


Just over 50 years ago, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring (1962) a damning indictment of the chemical industry's passion for DDT spraying...

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The Eternity Metric

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:37 PM

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops ~ Henry Brooks Adams

In a recent speech to the American Educational Research Association, Secretary Arne Duncan asked the assembled researchers to think about developing valid assessments of children's non-cognitive skills:

"I would love to see assessment...
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The Solution to a Bad Guy With a Test Is a Good Guy With a Test

(12) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:54 PM

On April 30, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, gave what was billed as a Special Invited Address, at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco. This conference, attended by thousands of higher ed scholars in education departments, is for many, the high water...

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