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Blog Profile / Class Struggle


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Filed Under:Industries / Education
Posts on Regator:655
Posts / Week:3.5
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Why we celebrate Thanksgiving every year. It isn’t what you think.

There is  an enormous amount of misinformation about the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday as we celebrate it today — including when, how and why it became a tradition in the United States. Here’s the real story, which I originally published last year. What Americans think they know about the history of Thanksgiving doesn’t always […]

A dozen questions for school reformers who say one thing and do another

 A few days ago I published a powerful post by award-winning Principal Carol Burris which revealed that the New York State Department of Education used seriously flawed data in its official reports about college enrollment. This, she wrote, raises questions about how accurate some of the claims about college readiness of U.S. high school graduates […]

Cheating confirmed on SAT given in Asia

The Educational Testing Service has determined that some students in Asia cheated on the SAT given in October, and it is opening a new probe into whether some cheated on the November college admissions exam. Meanwhile, concerns continue to rise about plans being made for cheating on the SAT being given in Asia next month. […]

Bill Cosby’s doctoral thesis was about using ‘Fat Albert’ as a teaching tool

Bill Cosby is sometimes referred to as Dr. Cosby because he has a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst. He earned the degree in the mid 1970s — with a thesis titled “An Integration of the Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum […]

Principal uncovers flawed data in her state’s official education reports

School reformers talk nonstop about using “data” to drive policy, teaching and just about everything else, which, you would think, would require that the data being used be accurate. The following post exposes a troubling problem with the push for “data-driven” everything — bad data. This important piece was written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris […]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s communications chief leaving for Teach For America

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is losing his second communications chief in two years. Massie Ritsch, the acting assistant secretary for communications and outreach, is leaving his job to take a new position at Teach For America..@ED_Outreach news: I will join @TeachForAmerica as civilian @MassieRitsch in January. Similar job. New challenges. Vital work. Long title. — […]

Texas approves social studies textbooks criticized as inaccurate and biased

This will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Texas and its textbook adoption saga: The Republican majority on the Texas Board of Education overrode Democratic members’ concerns on Friday and approved about 90 social studies textbooks, workbooks and other instructional materials, some of which have been criticized as being inaccurate and biased. […]

A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students […]

The six-step SAT cheating operation in Asia — and how to stop it

New allegations of cheating on the SAT administered in Asia on Nov. 8 have been made even as concerns are growing that plans are underway for cheating on the exam scheduled for Dec. 6. The Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT around the world for the owner of the exam, the College Board, is […]

Teachers: Do you ever get home from school and just….?

Teachers: Do you ever get home from school & just.. pic.twitter.com/gHz2Z8cvDZ @itsdariatbh @jshoreboston @BadassTeachersA @NYStateBATs @PennBat — C. Carew (@caren4btunity) November 15, 2014

Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)

Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses […]

GOP’s Kline smacks Obama over NCLB waivers, says administration ‘has not gotten the message’ from elections

Well, that didn’t take long. The Republicans just won control of both houses of Congress in the 2014 midterm elections and new skirmishing has already begun between the legislative and executive branches over education policy, in this case, No Child Left Behind. The U.S. Education Department on Thursday issued new “guidance” to states seeking a […]

States and schools with most and least student debt — in six charts

A new report from the Project on Student Debt says that seven in 10 graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit college had student loans in 2013 and that the average debt nationally was $28,400 — 2 percent higher than in 2012. The report also includes recommendations to reduce student debt and keep debt payments […]

Why a story about a school calendar went viral

Should Christmas and Easter (Christian), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Jewish)  and Ramadan and Eid al-Adha (Muslim) be included on public school calendars?  What about Janmashtami (Hindu), Gantan-sai (Shinto), Dalas Laxana (Jain) and...Show More Summary

China is sending fewer graduate students to U.S., but more are arriving from India

The United States remains a popular destination for international graduate students despite increased competition, according to new data just released showing that China sends the most to U.S. schools, followed by India and South Korea — although the flow of students from China declined for the first time since the data started to be collected […]

Are education groups really listening to their members?

“It is a recurring narrative about how the leadership in so many education organizations is more responsive to those in power than to those whom they represent.” That comes from the following post about how one particular organization, the New York State PTA, dealt with the requests of some local members over the issue of […]

What it really means to be a public school educator today

There was a big furor among educators around the country recently when Time magazine ran a cover that said, “Rotten Apples:  It is nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” The cover, accompanied by a story that was somewhat more nuanced, sparked a mountain of response, including a post by Nancy F. Chewning, assistant principal […]

The education of Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s legendary manager

President Obama famously said in 2008: “The reason I’m running for president is because I can’t be Bruce Springsteen.” Jon Landau could have told him there were better back-up jobs. Like his. Landau, 67, has been Springsteen’s manager, producer and friend since shortly after penning his famous May 22, 1974, article in a publication called “The […]

Why Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day

(I ran a version of this post in 2013 and a number of people told me they thought it was helpful, so here it is again:)   Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is […]

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