William Mathis: What Standardized Tests Tell Us (Not Much)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Mathis is managing director of the National Education Policy Center and vice-chair of the Vermont Board of Education. Mathis writes here about the inherent flaws of today’s standardized tests. “They claim to measure “college and career readiness.” Yet, it takes no particular insight to know that being… Continue reading William Mathis: What Standardized Tests Tell Us (Not Much)

Ten Years of NCLB: A Student Says, “How Sad.” Her Teacher Agrees

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Karrer teaches fifth grade in Castroville, California. He is doing his best to educate parents and the public about the destructive farce called “reform” that is ruining education for his students. A student returned to his classroom and asked him why he was no longer teaching as… Continue reading Ten Years of NCLB: A Student Says, “How Sad.” Her Teacher Agrees

Gate A-4

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye: Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was… Continue reading Gate A-4

Gene V. Glass: Scams and Lies in Arizona

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene V. Glass, one of our nation’s most eminent education researchers, writes here about the Big Lie embedded in Arizona’s voucher program. http://ed2worlds.blogspot.com/2017/04/what-goes-around-comes-around-voucher.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+EducationInTwoWorlds+(Education+in+Two+Worlds)&m=1 The program began as vouchers for students with special needs (although we now know that students with disabilities abandon their rights when they leave the… Continue reading Gene V. Glass: Scams and Lies in Arizona

Vouchers in AZ, or How the GoldWater Institute destroys Public School funding.

A couple of nights ago, I was talking with a news editor who asked me about the effect of the voucher expansion on homeschoolers. He said when he homeschooled his child, he saw it as his responsibility to bear those costs. He wondered with the new expansion, if homeschoolers would now get taxpayer dollars to […] … Continue reading Vouchers in AZ, or How the GoldWater Institute destroys Public School funding.