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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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What happened to my TFA?

Some readers of my blog, particularly the TFAers who  are about to begin their training, are probably a bit confused about who I am and why I’m so cranky. Originally, I was just a guy who had a very tough … Continue reading

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Obama at the ‘Miracle In Memphis’

On Monday May 16th, President Obama will be the commencement speaker at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN. They had won a competition called ‘The Race To The Top High School Commencement Challenge’ based mainly on the claim … Continue reading

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Same Kids, Same Building, Same Lies

One of the highlights of the TFA 20th anniversary summit was certainly when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a rousing speech at the closing ceremony. The most impressive part of his speech was when he described the transformation of … Continue reading

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LIFO is good

The TFA alumni organization has been recently calling to get the opinion from different alums about the recent debate in New York City, and elsewhere, about ending LIFO (Last In First Out). At a first glance, it probably seems crazy … Continue reading

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A Chance To Make History — my review Part III

I’m going to summarize and then finish this review in this post, I hope. Here’s what we’ve learned in the first two parts of the review: Chapter 1:  TFA has produced some transformational teachers who have managed to succeed despite … Continue reading

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A Chance To Make History — my review Part II

Chapter 4 is the one where Wendy pulls no punches and says exactly what’s on her mind.  This is the ‘controversial’ chapter where Wendy surprises everyone, even her critics. I, myself, was very surprised about something that I’ll explain in … Continue reading

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