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US Education, 2012: The Age of Wisdom and Foolishness

Test score “plunges” are in the news, dampening schools’ traditional first-day optimism just as they reopen after the summer break. Charles Dickens’ opening lines in a Tale of Two Cities seem an especially apt, if ahistorical, descriptor of the current state of education in the United States. The views expressed in this article are mine […]

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Key questions begging for answers about school reform

Opponents of currently dominant education policies have a problem that proponents do not.  Proponents, supported by unlimited funds from several well-connected billionaires, have been able to influence local, state and national decision-makers with little open public debate even while many Americans oppose the current set of market-based ideas that are driving dramatic changes in education…. […]

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The Standard Debate: The Past Gets in Our Eyes

The Common Core State Standards for Reading and Mathematics appear to be simultaneously unstoppable trains and under siege, making strange bedfellows of both supporters and opponents.  Two issues cloud the debate about their validity, value and efficacy: (1) The idea of standards has been conflated with standardization; (2) Standards have become inextricably linked to high-stakes […]

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Next Generation Science Standards: Generating a Wave or a Ripple?

“Taken together, the framework and science standards have the potential to generate a wave of improvement, but only if we prevent their promise from crashing on the rocky shores of high-stakes, all-purpose testing………..Decisions about high-stakes assessment of science and engineering will determine whether the new standards generate a wave of improvement or just another ripple […]

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Two Roads Diverge for American Education

Two Roads Diverge for American Education Published  in Kappan Magazine, February 1, 2011 The full article is available as pdf here: We are at a fork in the road in American education. At this moment, we have to choose which road to travel — and that choice will make all the difference….. The rush […]

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Too Many Carrots, Too Many Sticks

Four fallacies in federal education policies. ” Every once in a while, I read something that rings as true as a perfectly pitched bell or a fine piece of crystal. Every once in a while, a clear-headed thinker assembles all the pieces of what is happening around us and puts it all together into a […]

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