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Stupidity and Value-Added Models

Gregory Michie | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

There's no convincing research to show that value-added models have done anything to help teachers improve or kids learn, and growing evidence shows them to be wildly inaccurate and erratic.

Salvador's Last Day

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.20.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

With crucial issues like school closings and over-testing looming over the heads of teachers in Chicago and elsewhere, stories like this one may seem insignificant. But when the year winds down, I'll be thinking about moments like this.

SNL: 'Good Luck Reading Beowulf, You Monsters'

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

SNL Takes On Sequester.. On Friday night, President Barack Obama signed an executive order activating the across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration" that came as a result of an ongoing political budget standoff. Saturday Night Live explains the sequester, having an Obama impersonator bring up examples of folks affected by these cuts. Start at 1:15 to see a Philadelphia public schools teacher who was supposedly laid off. (Hint: The glee of her reaction to leaving that job is off message for Obama's grim tone. "Good luck reading Beowulf, you monsters," she says.)

Testing Kills the Joy of Teaching and Learning

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Since NCLB was first implemented, there has not been a moment of reflection for policy makers to determine if these tests are in any way improving teaching and learning. This sorely needed reflection can start by visiting a classroom.