Education Reform

Why College Matters for a Successful Career in Tech – Education Article

There is a lot of conversation about college vs. career–the pros and cons of each weighed against the needs of individual students. Here’s a thoughtful article from Peter MacCallister, an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, on why college is a good idea even when considering a career in tech: Technology is one of the areas where self-education, or autodidacticism, can bring outstanding results and allow an individual to achieve professional success without holding official certifications to prove his knowledge and…

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Fred Klonsky: Erik Prince’s Long History Spying on Americans – Education Article

Fred Klonsky, retired teacher in Illinois, recounts Erik Prince’s long history of engaging in espionage against his fellow citizens. Erik Prince recruits CIA and British spies to spy on us for Donald Trump. He writes: The story in the Times details how Prince recruited ex-U.S. and British spies to infiltrate organizations including, but not even closely limited to, teacher unions. Erik Prince is Betsy DeVos’ brother. DeVos is Trump’s Secretary of Education. Devos also has close ties to many Michigan-based right-wing,…

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Hechinger Report Clarifies Dispute about Baker-Green Article on Voucher Case – Education Article

I posted at 10 AM EST today about an article in the Hechinger Report, written at its request by scholars Bruce Baker and Preston Green, each of whom is an expert in his field (school finance, constitutional law and education). A reader identified with the pro-voucher Reason Institute complained that an earlier Supreme Court decision forbade private schools from practicing racial discrimination, and an editor inserted a note saying so, as if to correct Baker and Green. Baker and Green…

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When Bloomberg Compared the AARP to the NRA – Education Article

Remember “loose lips sink ships”? I think that was a World War 1 poster, warning defense workers to be careful what they said. Apparently no one ever passed that warning to Mike Bloomberg. Given that he is a billionaire, he feels free to insult at will. This post reports a public forum where he compared the AARP to the NRA, complaining that they were a single-issue group that would fight any effort to raise the age when people collect Social…

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10 Great Virtual Reality Apps – Education Article

The potential impact of Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom can’t be overstated. It has become the most exciting education device in a decade, enticing students to become engaged in pretty much any topic that includes a VR overlay. As a learning tool, it’s affordable, inclusive, and worth the moderate learning curve required to get it up and running. Let me step back a moment and explain what VR is. HowStuffWorks defines it this way: using computer technology to create…

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What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class? – Education Article

Constructivism is a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes hands-on learning and active participation in lessons. Constructivists believe that learning is an active process so the most effective way to learn is through discovery. With hands-on activities, learners actively create their own subjective representation of objective reality. Because new information is blended into prior knowledge, the result is – of course – subjective, heavily dependent upon the personal lens of each learner. That, in turn, is dependent upon their society, culture, past…

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University of California Decides to Keep SAT/ACT as Admission Requirements – Education Article

The University of California’s faculty leaders have recommended  retaining the controversial SAT and ACT as admissions requirements, despite concerns that the standardized tests are rigged against students of low income. Wealthy parents pay huge sums for tutoring their children. Standardized tests by their nature are rigged against disadvantaged students, which has encouraged more than 1,000 colleges and universities to drop them. But paradoxically, UC leaders believe that these tests help disadvantaged students. The new yearlong faculty review found that most…

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Craig Harris: How Foreign Investors Get Green Cards by Investing Millions in the Charter School Industry – Education Article

EB-5-funded projects also have been widely criticized for gerrymandering poorer neighborhoods into regional centers to fund projects in wealthier areas. For example, New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards mega project, which has raised luxury towers across a swath of Manhattan, drew on more than $1 billion in EB-5 investment. USCIS acknowledged it does not keep a “database of specific EB-5 investments” and said each regional center is responsible to “provide adequate and proper oversight, monitoring and management of its projects.” Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who as…

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Bernie Sanders Calls for an End to Annual Standardized Testing – Education Article

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was one of the few members of the U.S. Senate to vote against No Child Left Behind when it was approved by Congress in 2001. Today is the anniversary of the signing of that law. Sanders writes that the federal mandate for annual testing in grades 3-8 has been an expensive failure. In this article in USA Today, Sanders calls for an end to the NCLB mandate, which remained in place through Race to the Top…

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Angie Sullivan: The Charter Industry in Nevada is Asleep at the Wheel, Gone Off the Road, Crashed into a Ditch – Education Article

Angie Sullivan is a teacher in a Title 1 elementary school in Las Vegas. She regularly writes the members of the Nevada legislature to share her outrage about the underfunding of the state’s neediest schools and the state’s waste of money on charter schools, which dominate the state’s list of the lowest performing schools. Here is her latest:   Still Asleep At The Wheel  What happened?   Pile of fraud and graft.   These charter titles got money and did…

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North Carolina: Stuart Egan Warns His Fellow Teachers Not to Be Fooled by Lt. Governor Dan Forest – Education Article

High school teacher Stuart Egan notes that teachers across the state of North Carolina received a letter from Lt. Governor Dan Forest boasting about his education record. Forest is running for governor against Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. Egan warns teachers not to be fooled. He writes that this is the real record of Dan Forest, and it should not be forgotten at election time: So why did Forest send this letter? He’s hoping that teachers will forget what this current…

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CORRECTION: An Apology to Pete Buttigieg and the Racially Integrated Public Schools of South Bend, Indiana – Education Article

Several readers of this blog who live in South Bend, Indiana, wrote to say that Fred Klonsky is wrong about Pete Buttigieg and the status of racial integration in the public schools of South Bend. One native of South Bend wrote as follows. Fred Klonsky’s article is simplistic and wildly inaccurate and Mr. Buttigieg’s statement about “school districts” is absolutely correct. First, South Bend Community School Corporation is under a desegregation consent decree, and for many years, almost all of its…

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Chester-Upland Fights Charter Takeover | Diane Ravitch’s blog – Education Article

Staff and parents of students in the remaining public schools of the Chester-Upland district in Pennsylvania, are planning a rally to protest the charter proposal to take over all the elementary students. The district’s big charter, owned by a for-profit corporation that belongs to a wealthy lawyer, has lower scores on state tests than the public schools it wants to close. Chester Community Charter School, owned by wealthy Republican donor Vehan Gureghian, is a low-performing charter. The charter aims to…

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Politico Playbook: Trump’s Grueling Work Schedule This Week – Education Article

Politico Playbook regularly posts the president’s schedule for the coming week. This week leaves him plenty of time to watch FOX News, Tweet, and maybe play a few rounds of golf.   THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: TUESDAY: The president will hold a Cabinet meeting and have lunch with VP Mike Pence. WEDNESDAY: Trump will visit the Apple manufacturing plant in Austin. THURSDAY: Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will present the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal.…

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Nancy Bailey: The Haunted Third Grade Classroom That Traps Children – Education Article

Nancy Bailey writes here about a zombie policy launched by Jeb Bush called third grade retention. Students who can’t pass a third grade reading test are flunked and held back. Nineteen states have adopted this practice despite a large body of research showing that it hurts kids and leads to future failure, even dropping out. Children who are held back feel humiliated. There is one big benefit to this policy, however. Holding back the kids who have not yet mastered…

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New Hampshire: Democrats Block GOP Effort to Gut Local Control – Education Article

  New Hampshire’s Republican Governor, Chris Sununu (his fatherJohn Sununu was Chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush), appointed a father who homeschooled his children to be State Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Frank Edelblut has dedicated his time in office to undermining public schools. His big idea is called “Learn Everywhere,” wgphich would allow the State Board of education to allow graduation credits for anything they wished, whether it was for-profit, or commercial, or lessons with Miss Sally, or…

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