A “Brief and Wonderous” History of the Opt Out Movement

2001: Students in Scarsdale boycott the state’s eighth-grade tests. Twenty-eight schools in New York are part of a growing movement of schools across the country that have protested the use of standardized testing, saying it forces them to abandon creative and stimulating lessons to focus on material in the tests. 2010: Arne Duncan was given anContinue reading “A “Brief and Wonderous” History of the Opt Out Movement”

Shiny objects and false narratives: Time to refuse it all

Joanne Weiss is the author of an article entitled Competing Principles:Race to the Top, a $4 billion US education reform effort, produced valuable lessons on designing a competition-based program. Here’s the main page at Stanford: Competing Principles (SSIR) Weiss’ main conclusion is: “Competitions are an imperfect way to drive change. Yet as our experience with RaceContinue reading “Shiny objects and false narratives: Time to refuse it all”

Maryland: MEET YOUR STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The resignation of Lillian Lowery as the State Superintendent of Maryland schools  has raised speculation as to what may change in current education policies. Given her close ties to PARCC (serving on the governing board), allowing Maryland to be the fiscal agent for PARCC, Pearson and David Coleman (to name a few) it’s no wonderContinue reading “Maryland: MEET YOUR STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION”

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