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Best and Worst Education News of 2013 -- So Far

(18) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 2:28 PM

It's not quite the end-of-the-year yet, but I decided to post my annual "The Best And Worst Education News Of 2013" a little early this year.

As usual, I don't presume to say it's all-encompassing, so I hope you'll take time to share your own choices in the comment section....

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The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Here is my annual humble attempt to identify the best and the worst education news that occurred during the past 12 months. I don't presume to say it's all-encompassing, so I hope you'll take time to share your own choices in the comment section.

I'll list the ones I think...

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Education-Related Predictions for 2012

(5) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 2:40 PM

I recently posted The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2011, and thought I'd take a stab at some prognostication for 2012.

I think I batted close to 50 percent in last year's predictions -- that can't be that much worse than those made by professional pundits.

Feel...

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The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2011

(13) Comments | Posted December 3, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Here's my humble attempt to identify the best and the worst education news that occurred during the past 12 months. I hope you'll take time to share your own choices in the comment section.

I'll list the ones I think are the best first, followed by the worst. However, it's...

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Shortcuts, School Reform and Private Foundations

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Author Bob Sutton recently wrote about a report commissioned by the Annie Casey Foundation that examined one of its major funding initiatives related to school reform (the report is titled The Path of Most Resistance).

Here is an excerpt from Mr. Sutton's post:

This weekend, I read an...
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5 Questions for an Exceptional Principal

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Ted Appel is the exceptional principal at the school where I teach, Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. It's the largest inner-city high school in the city, and over half of our students are English Language Learners.

He offers a perspective -- both in word and in deed --...

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5 Questions For Diane Ravitch

(52) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 11:59 AM

Diane Ravitch is one of the most visible advocates in the United States today for quality public schools, and one of the most outspoken opponents of much that is being done in the name of "school reform."

Ravitch, education historian and author of the bestselling book The Death...

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Education-Related Predictions for 2011

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Last week, I posted my choices for The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2010 and invited readers to share their own.

Now, I'd like to post my own education-related predictions for 2011, and invite you to comment on them if you'd like and to share what you...

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The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2010

(90) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 4:47 PM

It's been quite a year in the world of education.

Here's my humble attempt to identify the best and the worst education news that occurred during the past 12 months. I hope you'll take time to share your own choices in the comment section.

I'll list the ones I think...

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Gates Foundation Minimizing Great Tools For Helping Teachers Improve Their Craft

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 11:39 AM

I support developing more effective ways to evaluate teachers -- using multiple measures.

What I don't support, however, is the present effort by the Gates Foundation that's spending millions of dollars using student scores on standardized tests as THE MEASURE used to evaluate teachers.

I have...

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What Do School Reform Technocrats and Failed Urban Renewal Schemes Have in Common?

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 12:53 PM

Many school reform technocrats seem to echo the call of urban renewal advocates who years ago searched for easy answers by "wiping the slate clean" and "starting over."

You might remember Education Secretary Duncan's comment last year that Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the...

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Being 'Transactional' Versus Being 'Transformational' in Schools

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 2:32 PM

Marshall Ganz, for whom I have a great deal of respect, offers an analysis of the recent election results in the LA Times in a column titled "How Obama lost his voice, and how he can get it back."

He focuses in on what he describes as the...

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Let's Do Less 'Fire, Ready, Aim'

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Earlier this year, popular (and often insightful) blogger Seth Godin wrote a post titled "Without Them". It has received a lot of circulation on the Web, usually with a positive comment attached to it.

However, I tend to think it offers the wrong advice -- most of the...

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Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

(9) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 1:35 AM

Private foundations have supported a lot of good work over the years. And many supported the community organizing that I did during the twenty-year organizing career I had prior to becoming a high school teacher seven years ago.

I often felt frustrated, however, by how many (though not all) foundations...

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