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The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Fadel

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We need to re-examine college entrance requirements (and their tests).  They hold change hostage to antiquated and incomplete requirements.  Massiv...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Ravitch

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.05.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"In my view, historians will look on this era as a period of failed mandates, of willful and ignorant attacks on public education and the education pr...

Why The NAACP Moratorium On Charters Really Matters To Our Public Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.19.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The answer, of course, is simple. They are not truly interested in addressing structural inequalities on any other terms except those that align with their own interests-- interests out of line with the history and language they appropriate and the people for whom they claim to speak and want to assist.

The Global Search for Education: A Focus on U.S. Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.10.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"American schools are not failing; they are getting the best results in our history." --  Richard Dufour Educator and best-selling author Dr. Rich...

What Does the Opt-Out Movement Want?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Charging that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature in "Albany failed to act in the best interest of the children of New York," NYS...

Rocketship Education and Urinary Tract Infection

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Rocketship charter schools get high test scores. By Rocketship’s corporate reform standards, those high test scores are what matters. However, there...

PARCC CEO to Prof Who Posted "Live" Test Items: Reveal Your Informant

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Email from PARCC CEO Laura Slover, sent to me and others by Prof. Celia Oyler, who writes at and who published a post referen...

To Marc Morial: At Least 86 Percent of Your Anti-Opt-Out Argument Isn't Teacher Controlled

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On April 06, 2016, former White House correspondent for Politico Joseph Williams published an article in Takepart entitled, "Why Some Black Leaders Ar...

Is Pearson (Mis)Education Trying to Intimidate Critic?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In a May 2014 blog, Pearson CEO John Fallon, claimed there are "no gag orders" and teachers are free to discuss their opinions of Pearson tests. Accor...

The Meaningless Buzzword That's Destroying American Education

Brian Stone | Posted 04.26.2016 | Education
Brian Stone

Rigor. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says it means, among other things, "an act of strictness, severity or cruelty." As horrible as that sounds, the word rigor has spread like a bad plague that makes up look like down.

Nervous Pearson (Mis)Education Responds to Protests

Alan Singer | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson (Mis)Education faces an assault on its operations from major British and American labor union pension funds.

Overturn the Tisch Miseducation Legacy in New York

Alan Singer | Posted 03.15.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

Merryl Tisch is retiring as Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents after trying to force Common Core, high-stakes testing, and teacher eval...

Wanting 'More' From the United Federation of Teachers: A Profile of Jia Lee

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.10.2017 | Education
Yohuru Williams

In her bid to become UFT president, Lee says she represents a large, but mostly silent body of teachers who remain frustrated with the union for not challenging damaging education polices.

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.

The 4 Success Indicators for 21st Century Accountability.

Rob Furman | Posted 02.04.2017 | Education
Rob Furman

Are we watching the slow death of high stakes testing? Could it be true? Has someone actually listened to logic and reason and started to pull back on mandatory testing? We will have to wait and see, but it feels like we might be moving in (dare I say) a better direction.

Pearson Rips Off Students with Tests Designed for Failure

Alan Singer | Posted 02.04.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State, in partnership with Pearson Education, is making it increasingly harder and more expensive to become a teacher without evidence that their demands and tests will improve education in the state.

Martin Luther King, Teachers' Unions and Social Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2017 | Education
Yohuru Williams

This Martin Luther King Holiday, we need to be mindful of what public school educators are telling us about the state of our schools and by extension, our children and our democracy. "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

December 2015 Is Gone, and So Is Arne Duncan -- But USDOE Nonsense Remains

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.04.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Any Duncan legacy piece should account for glaring Duncan lapses, and NBC's piece on Duncan does not.

Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

Alan Singer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Parents in high-performing states like New York and Massachusetts must insist that the federal government not abandon the education of poor and minority children in the old-new South and southwest bright red states.

Will Every Student Succeed? Not With This New Law

Alan Singer | Posted 12.06.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

I will be glad to see NCLB left behind and RTTT stopped, but I do not see how ESSA is a victory for education in the United States. Does anyone believe that low-funded poorly performing states like Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia, will create meaningful accountability systems and tests that will expose the low quality public education they offer Black and Latino students?

New York Regents Challenge Governor's Educational Deform Agenda

Alan Singer | Posted 11.30.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

I do not make the accusation of racism lightly. But to implement policies that you know will have disparate impact is racist. To change admission standards knowing that they will limit the pool of qualified Black and Latino candidates without providing evidence that the new standards will improve teaching is racist.

New York State's Bogus Common Core Survey

Alan Singer | Posted 11.18.2016 | New York
Alan Singer

Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.

Battle in Illinois Over the 'McDonaldization' of Teacher Education

Alan Singer | Posted 11.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Just to make sure our children are processed like hamburgers, Pearson is busy using the same "process" to evaluate prospective teachers using a test called the edTPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.

Losing Ground, But Not Because of Language

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.30.2016 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.

I Expect the Highest Scores

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 10.27.2016 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

A multiple choice test doesn't speak to overall emotional intelligence, or how conscientious he is as a student. It won't measure motivation or empathy for others, nor will it tell you if a student is typically open to new ideas or one who bounces back quickly from disappointment.