Tag Archives: Educational Reform

What Do You Want (Please Be Specific)?

Whenever I hear people express opinions of the current state of education, my first thought is to ask, “What do you want out of public schools (please be specific)?” As it turns out, much of what people expect from schools … Continue reading

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Educational Reform Bait-And-Switch

Education reformers make many unsubstantiated claims that their idea is in the best interests of the student. A case in point: At the National Opportunity to Learn Education Summit earlier in December, Diane Ravitch (PDF) explained how a false civil … Continue reading

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First They Came For The Standardized Tests

It is pretty clear to anybody not in the business, but standardized tests have limited utility. And this professor is going one step further: eliminating the final exam: Every semester for 15 years, I had been asking students to identify … Continue reading

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Real Education Reform

Current education “reformers” are just backdoor privateers. As noted by Karoli: Education reformers like Michelle Rhee like to claim that if we only toss out “ineffective teachers” and evaluate all students on an even metric, we will discover the magic … Continue reading

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Distorted Rhee-ality

Former head of Washington DC’s schools, Michelle Rhee, is a cause célèbre among right-wing education “reformers.” But as with George W. Bush’s falsified Texas Miracle in education on which he ran his 2000 campaign for President, Rhee’s successes are equally hollow. The … Continue reading

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Throwing Wisconsin Students Under The School Bus

In my search for a teaching position I have drawn only one line I will not cross: I will not work at a so-called “charter” school. I am equally morally opposed to any voucher system that funnels taxpayer funds into … Continue reading

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That Was My Idea

I found an article on AlterNet entitled “Public School Teachers and Their Unions Are Under Attack — Here’s How We Can Save Them” and my first thought was Physician! Heal Thyself! Teaching is a profession, but unlike its kin such … Continue reading

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Perhaps I Can Help

Much of the talk of education “reform” is based in unreality either by people ignorant of the philosophical debate around the idea of compulsory education or by those with a simple profit motive. For at least the past 15 years I have … Continue reading

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Mandatory Substitute Program

I’ve thought about some sort of mandatory program to have people serve as a substitute teacher. It wouldn’t have to be for a whole year; a month or even a week should be enough. I thought of this again when … Continue reading

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