Daily Archives: October 5, 2015

Those Joyful, Illiterate Kindergarten Students in Finland

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Thanks to the reader known as FLERP for finding this terrific article about kindergarten children in Finland. What matters most: Play! While our five-year-olds buckle down to show that they have mastered academic…

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Will the Supreme Court Cripple Unions This Fall?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The U.S. will hear a case this fall that will determine the future of labor unions. Pro-business groups have fought the very idea of labor unions and collective bargaining for more than a…

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Jan Resseger: Arne Duncan’s Shameful Legacy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jan Resseger served for many years as program director for education justice of the United Church of Christ. She is a woman with a strong social conscience, who is devoted to the well-being…

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John Thompson: How King’s Appointment Could Hurt Democrats in 2016

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here are John Thompson’s reactions to the transition at the U.S. Department if Education. I am happy to welcome John’s first direct contribution to the blog. John is a historian and a history…

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Teachers will give inches that quickly add up to miles.

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“Families” For Excellent Schools Sets a New Bar for Chutzpah

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
“Families” For Excellent Schools, the hedge-fund and foundation backed advocacy group that has waged constant war on New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio on behalf of the charter school sector in general and Eva…

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New Mexico: Teachers Sue to Invalidate Shoddy Evaluation System

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico reports on the lawsuit that teachers have filed against the state’s teacher evaluation system, which bases 50% of a teacher’s evaluation on test scores: UNIONS SEEKING HALT TO NEW MEXICO TEACHER EVALS:…

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“Families” For Excellent Schools Sets a New Bar for Chutzpah

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
“Families” For Excellent Schools, the hedge-fund and foundation backed advocacy group that has waged constant war on New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio on behalf of the charter school sector in general and Eva…

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Goodbye, Arne Duncan…Hello, John King

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Chief Bull in a China Shop of education “reform,” will step down in December.  Having spent his tenure in Washington working more at the behest of private…

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Reimagining the U.S. High School (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
“The XQ Institute is in service of parents and pioneers, entrepreneurs and teachers, business leaders and administrators, youth and education experts—who are joining a movement to rethink America’s schools.…

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