In October AFT launched its Principles that Unite Us (PUU), a piece of foamy rhetoric that offers the impression of resistance to corporate ed reform while providing a rubber stamp to CorpEd's status quo assault on public education.Show More Summary
“Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education” "We think this film is going to give more parents the guts to say, 'Our kids don't have to take these tests,'" Hornberger said. "They prove nothing. Show More Summary
Many thanks to Mike Donila from Screams from the Porch for this fact sheet on McIntyre and TN superintendents (that's McIntryre below with his gold-stamped Broad Center plaque just behind him--ah, symbolism): Superintendent Jim McIntyre...Show More Summary
I wrote an essay for EdSource last month arguing that California - or any state adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (GSS) - would be wise to add specific factual knowledge to the new standards during the implementation process. Show More Summary
by Doug Martin Besides seeking to dethrone Indiana supt. of public education Glenda Ritz from the state board of education, Mike Pence and his Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI)–in the recently leaked email from JamesShow More Summary
Our Schools Are Not For Sale from Media Mobilizing Project TV on Vimeo.
Thieving charter charlatan-scoundrel @JuanRangel steps down from #UNO! He was a darling of @AEIeducation http://t.co/svdm81drB5 — Robert D. Skeels (@rdsathene) December 6, 2013 Via Professor Diane Ravitch: Powerful Chicago Charter Leader...Show More Summary
There's a big national push to get US kids to learn how to code computer programs going on, as you may have noticed (see Google News roundup here). You know, there are lots of programming jobs out there, and we need more American kids to program the drones and teachbots of the future. Show More Summary
"Grit" - the tendency of a person to persevere through the difficult process of attaining a long-term goal - has become popular among educators recently who view it as one of those "non-cognitive" skills that, if properly instilled, can help students succeed in school and in life. Show More Summary
Having handed over 29 public schools to charter reform schools without libraries or librarians, and with 8 more on the way by 2015, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and the Shelby County School Board all of sudden have noticed that these children are far behind in reading. Show More Summary
We are just beginning to implement value-added evaluations, but it is already becoming clear that a trainwreck is coming. Already, we are reading stories about good teachers being fired for failing to meet their test score growth targets. Show More Summary
Here's another recent Chris Hayes segment about the President's inequality speech and what education can and can't accomplish on its own.
Teachers unions face moment of truth Politico: Support for labor unions in general has fallen steadily, dipping below 50 percent for the first time in 2012 before rebounding slightly this year, Gallup polls find. AFT Makes $1 Million...Show More Summary
Today's a travel day for me, so I'll be on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else that will have me - but alas not here. Check those sites for updates, or go to GothamSchools or AISR or HuffPost Education or Atlantic Education for a morning news roundup. Or Politics K12, or Politico's Morning Read. Have a great day, and see you back here Monday!
Spoiler alert -- it's Tina Fey #3: "They had absolutely no qualms telling you what you should be doing better." Paramount Pictures / Via norahsilverbergs.tumblr.com via Buzzfeed via @gothamschools.
Following Columbine and 9-11 came No Child Left Behind, which together created a perfect storm of oppressive school practices that would play out most harshly among the poor. With NCLB’s impossible testing targets, urban schools in particular...Show More Summary
From last night's MSNBC, All In host Chris Hayes breaks new ground by having Michelle Rhee on the show and declaims lack of philanthropic support and political attention towards reducing child poverty (vs. reforming schools). Rhee tries to get a word in (what's that neon logo glowing behind her?)
Ken Robinson's TED Talk about schools and creativity is one of the most-watched videos online. Click below for some gifs from the speech to remind you of what makes it so good. It's one big series of GIFs so it goes on for a while. Otherwise the post would stretch way down. ted:
Over at the Atlantic's education page, check out my top education stories of the year and let me know if you agree or disagree. There's something for everyone. Or, try and guess my 9 and see how many you get right. I'm going with #ed2013 but that's probably already been used or won't take off. Image via the Atlantic.
I might be more interested in this Twitter feud between Alexander Russo and Sabrina Joy Stevens (see his blog post for details) if it involved a TV show viewed by more than, oh, 100 people or so.