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The Miseducation of the Masses

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.04.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

We are doing a huge disservice to the education of our nation's children, when the focus must be placed on how to take tests and how to score well on them, rather than on developing skills and deep content knowledge in a variety of subjects.

Memo to Three Year Old Slackers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.22.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It has come to our attention that your older brothers and sisters have been showing up to Kindergarten completely unprepared for the requirements of a rigorous education. It is time to nip this indolent behavior in the bud.

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Posted 08.15.2014 | Training

hahahaha "this is it" ok one more link ...

ACT? SAT? Subject Tests? No Tests? Holy Moly! Who Is Requiring What These Days?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

No college requires applicants to take both the SAT and ACT. Whether you need to take Subject Tests is a little more complicated; see below for the answer to that question.

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

The Misleading Argument That Blames Teacher Tenure

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

In short, if you're a tenured teacher, you are an impediment to Excellence. The only way you can help children is by getting rid of your tenure, standing up straight and walking to Arne Duncan in Washington DC and saying, "Please sir, I want to be fired for any reason."

We Must Relentlessly Fight For Education Reform

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Brizard

Over my 28 years living inside urban school systems, I have come to understand and believe that there are two things that we must do and/or keep in mind: respect the complexity of this challenge and relentlessly execute against clear goals.

To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We believe that an informed public will not give away its public schools to amateurs, hedge fund managers, rock stars, for-profit corporations, athletes, fly-by-night entrepreneurs, and religious groups.

David Coleman Wants to Fix Inequality

Peter Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Coleman's genius marketing idea solution to educational inequality is to take human bias out of the equation and replace it with the hidden human bias encased in testing.

What's At Stake In Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

If present trends continue, the U.S. will have a dual system of education in another decade. What is at stake is the great tradition of public schools, open to all, supported by all, controlled by the public, not corporations.

The Importance of Process in Achieving Results

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2014 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

I would not have been able to sustain and increase my interest for learning and thinking had I been only concentrating on the end result. The "process" and the "enjoyment of the process" is the key to success.

Good Riddance To The Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Common Core testing will turn out to be the money pit that consumed American education. The sooner it dies, the sooner schools and teachers will be freed of the Giant Federal Accountability Plan hatched in secret and foisted upon our nation's schools.

Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

U.S. DOE Believes Expectations and Testing Cure Disabilities

Peter Greene | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is just so stunningly, awesomely dumb, it's hard to take in. Are they that enamored of the magical power of tests? Do they imagine that disabled students are just all faking, or that the specialists who diagnose these various problems are just making stuff up for giggles?

Inauthentic Reading Assessment

Peter Greene | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The type of reading we demand students do on reading tests is a type of reading that isn't done anywhere except on reading tests. Well, and of course now, also, in all the classrooms that are trying to get students ready for these inauthentic reading tests.

Messing with Success

Elissa Stein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

For many within the system, as well as to those looking in from the outside, New York City's specialized high schools represent the very best of what the city has to offer students and families.

Moving from 'Test and Punish' to 'Support and Improve'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled in Vergara v. California that the solution to the long-standing, complex challenge of ensuring all children, particularly underserved children, have access to high-quality public education is to strip teachers of their rights. Period. End of story.

Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results?

Business Group Pledges $500,000 Campaign For Common Core -- Who Will It Really Benefit?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Someday, maybe 12 years from now, they think, all children will be college-ready, even if they live in squalor or have no home, even if they attend overcrowded classes with inexperienced teachers. Are they gullible? Or do they believe the public can be easily deceived?

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.

Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This is crazy stuff, and it makes it difficult if not impossible to have a reasonable discussion about the pros and cons of the Common Core.

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all.

Testing is Not Trusting

Mike Robbins | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

In a session I had with my counselor Eleanor last week she said to me, "Testing is not trusting." I realized in talking to her that much of what I've ...

Education in the 'Twilight Zone'

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.

Deconstructing The New SAT

Jed Applerouth | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Jed Applerouth

If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better aligned with the Common Core and continue to assign equal weight to both tests, the new SAT will be in a precarious position as students migrate in droves to the ACT.