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Entries by John Thompson from 05/2011

How Diane Ravitch Became My Intellectual Hero

| Posted 05.04.2011 | Education

Before I started teaching, I thought Diane Ravitch was wrong. But I quickly learned she was right, and we can not build the bricks of conceptual understanding without the straw of knowledge.

Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors

| Posted 05.09.2011 | Education

As the school year closes on hundreds of school turnarounds, the must-read book is Alexander Russo's Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors. Russo recounts the turnaround of Locke High School by Steve Barr and Green Dot.

The Obituaries for Data-Driven 'Reform' Are Being Written

| Posted 05.12.2011 | Education

Once we reject the silver bullets proposed by "the billionaires boys club," we can commit to a humane vision of school improvement that respects the dignity of teachers and students.

Creating Educational Monocultures

| Posted 05.23.2011 | Education

"Reformers" still seek to build educational monocultures. They want to destroy the educational "status quo" in order to save our diverse school systems. So, one rushed "silver bullet" after another is funded.

The Fundamental Choice

| Posted 05.26.2011 | Education

Data-driven "reform" seems very rational, and not inhumane, from 30,000 feet above our schools and families.