Monthly Archives: October 2011

Reason #15 to be wary of #TeachForAmerica

I wrote about this topic a few months ago, but on Twitter I recently saw this: This got a lot of ‘amens’ and retweets, of course. What I’m about to say needs to be prefaced VERY carefully so as to … Continue reading

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New Orleans RSD — the ‘miracle’ district

The Louisiana Department Of Education just released the 2011 School Performance Data. As New Orleans has been hailed as a ‘miracle’ district, I was eager to see the results. As you might know, after Katrina the lowest performing schools were … Continue reading

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Talking a struggling TFAer off the ledge

To quit or not to quit. That is the question? It’s the same question I pondered twenty years ago, nearly to the day. TFA doesn’t publicize this, but a lot of the people who gave up all the other opportunities … Continue reading

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Virgin Mary On A Grilled Cheese And Other Miracles

Somewhere, Woodward and Bernstein are weeping. I entered the fight against the ‘reformers’ back in February after hearing Duncan claim that a school in Chicago got dramatic results by shutting down and replacing with a charter school in the same … Continue reading

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Panel with Ravitch and Rhee Part III

Click here for part I Click here for part II So far the panelists have had two rounds to discuss what the they think the cause of the achievement gap is and also what some possible remedies are. Only Rhee, … Continue reading

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Panel With Ravitch and Rhee Part II

Click here for part I Part I ended with Michelle Rhee’s lengthy answer about how the achievement gap was caused, in part, by poor school management, two-prong outlets, and, of course, lack of teacher accountability. Her knowledge of the causes … Continue reading

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