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Entries by Joel Shatzky from 02/2010

Educating for Democracy: A Teacher Speaks

| Posted 02.04.2010 | New York

This column will give a voice to one of the many excellent teachers in the New York City school system, an elementary school veteran and a devoted teacher.

Educating for Democracy: The Supreme Court v. The Educated Voter

| Posted 02.07.2010 | New York

The Supreme Court's recent decision which will now permit corporations--and unions, although with far less resources--to contribute unlimited funds fo...

Educating for Democracy: Why Tests "Fail"

| Posted 02.12.2010 | New York

Yesterday NYC public school chancellor Joel Klein announced that the granting of tenure to new teachers will depend largely on the outcome of their students' test scores.

Educating for Democracy: Good Writing -- The Way It Used to Be?

| Posted 02.17.2010 | New York

As a teacher of good writing practices for over forty years, I have noticed that the quality of the writing in my classes seemed to be declining. I felt that the writing was barely of junior high school quality.

Educating for Democracy: Charter and District School Parents Unite at Rally

| Posted 02.25.2010 | New York

Since the charter school movement has been getting considerable attention these days from adherents and critics, I believe it's important to hear the voices of charter school parents themselves.