Common Core Can’t Bring Teaching Back to Teachers


Skepticism or Cynicism for Obama Education Agenda?

radical eyes for equity

One response to my Relaxing zero tolerance in schools could be Obama’s boldest civil rights reform is worth highlighting: Readers adamant that the Obama education agenda is beyond such hope.

Let me note here that I have long since slipped past healthy skepticism and resigned myself to unhealthy cynicism with respect to either major political party and their leaders, including Obama.

I have tried before to confront the possibilities and the failures associated with Obama and Secretary Duncan, a set of policies and a series of rhetorical flurries that leave me even more depressed than those dark years under George W. Bush and his Secretaries, Rod Paige and Margaret Spellings:

Paul R. Carr and Brad Porfilio…

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Diane Ravitch's blog

The new website where teachers and parents can comment on the new tests has registered 150,000 hits in the 2 or 3 days since it was launched, according to Susan Ochshorn of ECE Policy Matters.

A great place to hear from teachers.

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Pearson Wants You!

Diane Ravitch's blog

This confirms what Todd Farley wrote in his book about the testing industry, “Making the Grades,” and what Dan DiMaggio wrote in “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Test Scorer”:

A reader in Austin sent this ad on Craig’s List:

Posted: 25 days ago

Seeking Talented And Qualified Individuals To Score Essays! (Austin, Texas)

compensation: $12.00

Use Your Degree To Make A Difference!

Pearson Wants You!

Pearson is the most comprehensive provider of educational assessment products, services, and solutions. We are looking for qualified college graduates to read and score student essays on a temporary basis at our Austin Scoring Center. Paid training will begin on April 7 for this 6 week scoring session. Successful employees may be asked to work additional projects.

Use your qualified college degree to make a difference! Day shift is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F. Evening Shift is 5:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m

Compensation may…

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As opt-out movement builds among parents, educators play a growing role

Teachers of Conscience

As opt-out movement builds among parents, educators play a growing role (via Chalkbeat New York)

For Jia Lee, a critic of the state’s standardized tests who teaches at the Earth School and has a son there, the decision to opt her child out of this year’s exams was a “no-brainer.” But Lee felt she could do more, so she and two of her colleagues?

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