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Six Reasons To Oppose Betsy DeVos As Secretary Of Education

Senate hearings on Herr Trump's cabinet picks are coming up soon, and you should be calling your Senator. Regardless of your political leanings, there are many good reasons for opposing Betsy DeVos as a Secretary of Education.<p><b>1) No experience with public education.</b><p>This is not like appointing …

Education

The Mother of All Muckrakers Knew How to Take On Men Like Trump

Ida Tarbell brought down, single-handedly, the first mega-corporation. Now that corporate morality has captured the White House we need her skills as never before.<p>I’m sure that in his 40-plus years at ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson learned of the work of Ida Tarbell. I’m equally sure that Donald Trump …

History

What the Shortage of Substitute Teachers Says about Public Education

« Teacher in a Strange Land: Best Blogs of 2016 | Main<p>Article in the <i>Detroit Free Press</i>: <b>Wanted: Substitute Teachers for Michigan Classrooms.</b><p>Because …

Education

Taking Reformers Out of Context: 2016 Highlights

January 1, 2017<p>It’s New Year’s Day, and for now, my house is quiet. Before me sits tons of work to be done–an unlit Christmas tree ready to be turned …

Minneapolis

Need for cash puts charter schools in questionable company

Between the future promise and the disappointing past of charter schools, there is Cambridge Education Group.The Akron company and the 20 Ohio …

Education

3 'Simple' Ideas Every Educator Should Work On In 2017

« 8 Reasons Why School Secretaries Deserve More Credit | Main<p>Ahh...the new year. After a short Holiday week we're ready to jump back into the …

eLearning

Almost 40 Percent of ASD Teachers Lack Basic Qualifications

When Walton Foundation shill, Dr. Gary Henry, was asked about the fact that almost 40 percent of ASD teachers lacked basic teaching qualifications, …

A Terrifying Look at the Future

Do you want to see just how bad data mining + gamification + creating a data-based profile for every citizen, just how terrifying this idea is?<p>Meet …

School 'Choice' in Trumplandia

What will public education look like in the Trump/DeVos universe? More of the same.<p>via GIPHY <br>Like so many other 'reformers', DeVos will dangle the …

The broken promise of Indiana’s online schools

<i>One in a Chalkbeat series about virtual schools.</i><p>When Indiana education officials released school A-F grades this week, only three schools had …

Don’t Be Fooled: Betsy DeVos Still Loves Common Core

Poor Betsy DeVos.<p>President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary has spent her entire adult life advocating for Common Core, but now she …

Hanna Skandera, Undersecretary of Education??

According to the December 15, 2016, <i>Politico Pro</i>, controversial New Mexico Commissioner of Education Hanna Skandera “is under close consideration for …

Education

Teachers Are Delusional

<b>Teachers Are Delusional.</b><p>I don’t necessarily mean this in a bad way, although it does have a few downsides.<p>As you probably know, public education in …

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Mainstream America appears, as usual, to be a bit behind the times, but in Trumplandia, there is a sort of shallow postmodernism going on (although …

College Board faces rocky path after CEO pushed vision for new SAT

David Coleman spearheaded a sweeping redesign of America's oldest college entrance exam. His plan to act fast – and tie the test to the controversial Common Core - stirred up internal resistance and created new problems.

College & University

How Trump’s Education Nominee Bent Detroit to Her Will on Charter Schools

“My complaint around this is not that you disagree,” said Ms. Allen, at the Skillman Foundation, “but that you never could come up with another solution to deal with the practical issues of poor public policy that is not only eroding a traditional school system, but eroding all schools.”<p>Few …

Education

Have Educators Been Bystanders for Too Long?

« Collaborative Reflection: How Do You Lead? | Main<p>In many ways we have been enabled. We have believed, based on someone else's rhetoric, that we are …

Education

Student Journalists Are Under Threat

Well, here’s some great news to cheer you up: The American student press is under siege! Apparently, we’ve been too busy blowing gaskets over …

College & University

America’s World Education Ranking Is No Reason to Panic

There has been no shortage of sound and fury about the recently released education rankings from the Programme for International Student Assessment …

Is Ed-Tech research nearing its ‘Big Tobacco’ moment? - Lärande och IT

There is a real danger that education researchers are going to find themselves squeezed out of the central debates around schools and technology. In …

Polls convinced me Hillary Clinton wouldn’t lose. As an education researcher, the result was a wake-up call

Like a lot of Americans, I watched the election returns in shocked disbelief. All of the major polls had offered me confidence in a Hillary Clinton …

New Mexico: Holding Teachers Accountable for Missing More Than 3 Days of Work

One state that seems to still be going strong after the passage of last January’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — via which the federal …

How Workable is Trump's $20 Billion School Choice Proposal?

« Ed. Sec. John B. King: My Successor Should Be Committed to Kids' Civil Rights | Main<p>President-elect Donald Trump's biggest education pitch during …

Recent Research Shows Vouchers Fail Children

The Trump presidency seems to want to base its education program on school choice. But vouchers have a history of failure. The two most recent …

Doing Well By Doing Good: For-Profit Schools

For all of the three-decade hype about how business practices applied to K-12 schools will make them more efficient and high performing, a short hop …

Education

Education Policy 2017: Trumpian Levels of Uncertainty

With the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency (I will take a long time to get used to typing that), education policy until at least January …

Is Our Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

We’re all familiar with the expression “Is the glass half-full or half-empty?”<p>For many years, this phrase has highlighted the tendency for two people …

What Went Down in Massachusetts

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh with parent organizer Malikka Williams.<p><i>Why the campaign to lift the Massachusetts charter cap went down in flames…</i><p>We were …

Lower Your Status. Raise Theirs.

« Is the Internet the New Sex Education? | Main<p>Status. Some people have it more than they think, and others like to use that status to get what they …