Monthly Archives: December 2011

Washington Irving High School — another school unfairly closed

It’s a lot more satisfying showing that a ‘failing’ school is being unfairly closed than showing that a ‘miracle’ school is getting accolades it doesn’t deserve. I applied the same analysis I recently did for Jamaica High School to the … Continue reading

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Join me ‘live’ on my internet talk show on Wednesday 12/21 10:00 PM E.S.T.

So it’s been a while since the first episode of my live internet talk show.  That was 3 months ago and it was pretty eventful. You can watch the re-run of the first episode in two parts, since I got … Continue reading

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Come Back To Jamaica

The New York City reform model is centered upon closing ‘failing’ schools and opening new ones. Some of these ‘failing’ schools have been pillars of their communities for decades. One such school I read about in The New York Times … Continue reading

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Any New Orleans CMs willing to comment?

New Orleans is definitely the ‘ground zero’ for education reform. The corporate reform model is conducting their ‘great’ experiment there as 80% of the schools in the ‘Recovery School District’ are charters. If the experiment works it will be replicated … Continue reading

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Pro vs. Khan

The most famous teacher in the United States right now is Salman Khan, creator of Khan Academy.  Khan Academy is a collection of nearly 3,000 online youtube tutorials mainly about math and science.  Bill Gates watches the videos with his … Continue reading

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Miracle Schools: Where Are They Now?

The current education reform battle is a bit like a boxing match. The corporate reformers had a lot of momentum until April 2010, when Diane Ravitch came out with ‘The Death And Life Of The Great American School System.’ This … Continue reading

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