Monthly Archives: August 2011

Looking for a whistle blower in New Orleans

I heard a rumor today which I can’t confirm, but hope that this post helps confirm or deny it. New Orleans, though it is being hailed as a miracle district after the restructuring after Katrina, seems to be an unregulated … Continue reading

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Class Warfare: Fact checking pages 101 through 200

pages 1 to 100 pages 101 to 200 pages 201 to 300 pages 301 to 350 pages 351 to 400 pages 401 to 437 Realizing that many people reading my blog don’t have the book to follow along with, I’m … Continue reading

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Class Warfare: Fact checking pages 1 through 100

pages 1 to 100 pages 101 to 200 pages 201 to 300 pages 301 to 350 pages 351 to 400 pages 401 to 437 When the new book ‘Class Warfare’ came out, the story of the current ed reform movement … Continue reading

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today Part II

Many of these ’20 years ago’ posts will begin with a short intro by the 2011 me, followed by a post by the 1991 me. If these intros distract you, I’ve set up a mirror blog at twentyyearsagotoday.teachforus.org where you … Continue reading

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today Part I

  So I was in my storage unit the other day and came across a box of stuff I had saved from my first year of teaching.  I had an idea which I won’t promise that I will pursue to … Continue reading

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Value Added — Scrutinizing The Most Widely Cited Study

It was the best of teachers.  It was the worst of teachers. But how much better are the best teachers than the worst teachers?  Well THAT’S a tough one, but one that is very important to answer.  The corporate reformers … Continue reading

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Reformers Join The Mile High Club

Debunking a miracle school can be tedious work.  Debunking an entire district is, generally, even worse. But when I heard about the recent ‘miracle’ in Denver, I was pleasantly surprised when I got the opportunity to explore Colorado’s excellent data … Continue reading

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Rhee-ality Check

First watch the two minutes from 20:30 to 22:50 (up until the moderator asks Rhee if she is a ‘Tiger Mom’) of this excerpt from an interview Michelle Rhee did recently. Now, the video really speaks for itself, so I’ll … Continue reading

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@2011s My Framework: Teaching As … Teaching

I am writing this post as a favor to the 2011 CMs.  It is not your fault that TFA can justify to themselves that a few hours of student teaching experience with class sizes of 15 or less makes you … Continue reading

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What The ‘F’?

Anyone following this blog for the past few months know that, to me, the most disturbing thing about the current ed reform movement is the heartless shutting down of neighborhood schools, based mainly on test scores. Despite Arne Duncan’s claims … Continue reading

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