Education Reform… or Policy Apartheid?

  Taking a deep examination of the premises, facts, and outcomes of current education policies which are built on the corner stones of the Common Core, high stakes testing, and school closures/charters, one can see that in their development, implementation and results, what we are left with is “policy apartheid.” A strong accusation I admit,Continue reading “Education Reform… or Policy Apartheid?”

What a Difference a Dash of Facts Makes

Journalist John Merrow just published his analysis of the “refusal- versus- reform” battle for public education entitled What a Difference a Dash Makes. There are many amazing responses to his report well worth reading! Here is my response: Thank you, John for your coverage of this movement. Your report is indeed a vital starting pointContinue reading “What a Difference a Dash of Facts Makes”

When Will We Finally Say Enough? Seriously.

The first time I met Ben (when I drove an hour up to Frederick the day his mother Cindy spoke in front of the local politicians about her testing refusal) I was immediately brought back to my teaching roots. Back in 1990 (a time when phones were attached to walls and we walked to schoolContinue reading “When Will We Finally Say Enough? Seriously.”

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