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The One Right Answer

First Principle: There is often more than one right answer and more than one way to get to a right answer. Depending on the kind of answers we’re looking for, your answer can be right even when it is different … Continue reading

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What do I love about teaching for #30DaysReflectResist

This was written for #30DaysReflectResist Day 5: What do I love about teaching? I love working with ideas and language. I love publishing… finding ways for students to display what they’ve created from their understanding: a video, a magazine, a … Continue reading

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A Brave New Word

            Personalization is the newest word because when you’re marketing a new product, new words are needed and the right wording is everything. If you’re thinking that there’s something decidedly impersonal about personalization, you’re right; it … Continue reading

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Remediating the Numbers

According to Out of Pocket, writers, Mary Nguyen Barry & Michael Dannenberg, writing for Education Reform Now (ERN), American education isn’t making the grade.  Their premise is that students from all income levels have need for college level remediation courses arguably because … Continue reading

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What the high stakes test tests best

As society continues to debate the policy of publicly flogging teachers and schools with the scores of their children (starting at the age of five), and as parents consider whether or not to allow the state to so use their … Continue reading

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So Let Me Talk to You About Charters Because You Left Some Stuff Out

Dear Mr. Tillotson, I read your article on Education Post. Bravo for the good, but your statistics are not conclusive and you left out some issues that I think deserve a little sunlight. I would welcome your comments. Class based … Continue reading

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By way of analogy

Public schools are like busy traffic circles that have stop signs, bus stops, on and off ramps, red lights, passing lanes, pot holes and all sorts of other navigational hazards. There are many different types of vehicles and many different … Continue reading

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Unaccountable Things

If you don’t count undeserving people in high places or a burgeoning education reform industry of paid tweeters, bloggers and think tank thinkers, high stakes testing, known ironically as accountability,  is currently among the most unaccountable of unaccountable things in American education today.  It … Continue reading

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Trump Days: On the Immigration Ban of Jan 28, 2017

The United States is not a fascist country. Trump is not our dictator. It is dangerous to suggest otherwise. His administration is, and will continue to be, circumscribed by rule of law and by the will of the people. Our … Continue reading

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Education Reform Classified

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