Comments Nov. 18th-Dec.18th

 

Build and Support Items

Preparation for capable citizenship should be a primary goal of public education. https://www.kappanonline.org/rebell-preparation-capable-citizenship-schools-primary-responsibility/

Civic Education: Our Democratic Responsibility https://chssp.ucdavis.edu/blog/civicresponsibility/

Ed Source: Public education must promote participation in democratic process https://edsource.org/2018/public-education-must-promote-participation-in-democratic-process/605620?utm_source=newsletter

A US News and World Report on civic education in the US: Uniformed and Unengaged https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-11-23/in-increasingly-partisan-times-states-turn-to-civics-education

CRPE: Rethinking traditional high-school college/career continuum. Alternative rigorous pathways for the non-4yr college bound. https://www.crpe.org/sites/default/files/crpe-thinking-forward-rethinking-traditional-high-school-college-career-continuum.pdf

Is college just for job preparation or for something broader? The Wisconsin debacle. Eliminating history as a major. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/12/the-liberal-arts-may-not-survive-the-21st-century/577876/

Jan Resseger reviews Bruce Baker’s book  on the importance of adequate funding for schools. Educational Inequality and School Finance: Why Money Matters for America’s Students https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/18026/

New report shows economic development incentive tax breaks to entice corporations cost schools nearly $2 billion last year. https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/newmath

Learning Policy Institute report: Want to increase high school graduation rates? Count diplomas earned in the 5th year and beyond and avoid districts forgetting about students who fail to graduate on time. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/blog/four-year-graduation-rates-leave-where-real-work-begins?utm_source=LPI+Master+List&utm_campaign=7546b1123e-LPIMC_ESSAPromise_Kessler_20181128&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7e60dfa1d8-7546b1123e-42289731

Learning Policy Institute: What Detroit and Chicago can teach us about student growth and school rating systems. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/blog/what-detroit-and-chicago-can-teach-us-about-student-growth-and-school-rating-systems

Michael Hynes and William Doyle, What we can learn from Finland—a 12 step program. https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-can-this-12-step-program-from-finland-aid-u-s-education/

Is “Proficient” the right measure of student success? http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2018/11/when_is_proficient_insufficient_NAEP.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=curriculummatters

Commentary: Why Doesn’t Every Teacher Know the Research on Reading Instruction? https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/10/29/why-doesnt-every-teacher-know-the-research.html?cmp=eml-enl-cco-news1&M=58681951&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

National Education Policy Center: Conversation about the Reading Wars, Sparked by a New Documentary about Literacy Instruction: Q&A with Elizabeth Moje, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Education http://www.icontact-archive.com/cygVNOqY6pi4994qjjAO6APeOyriSAuH?w=4

What California can learn from other states about universal pre-school. https://edsource.org/2018/california-can-learn-from-other-states-expanding-preschool/605969

 

Charter and Privatization Issues

Diane Ravitch: Beware—privatization vandals target 7 cities for destruction and takeover of public education. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/10/beware-privatization-vandals-target-7-cities-for-destruction-and-takeover/

Choice? Parents fight DC bureaucracy for a school in their neighborhood. https://educationdc.net/2018/11/18/this-is-what-democracy-doesnt-look-like-banneker-shaw-edition/

Resseger: Why School Choice Ends Up Creating Injustice and Inequality https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/18199/ and a report by Mead and Eckes:  How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/privatization

Jeff Bryant: Why urban communities of color are increasingly rejecting charter schools. http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/heres-why-urban-communities-of-color-are-increasingly-rejecting-charter-schools/?link_id=1&can_id=cea050dcef20333abf235c3ba9bc6d51&source=email-why-urban-communities-of-color-are-increasingly-rejecting-charter-schools&email_referrer=email_463622& mail_subject=why-urban-communities-of-color-are-increasingly-rejecting-charter-schools

Carol Burris: Five reasons why charter schools can’t be reformed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/12/16/can-charter-schools-be-reformed-should-they-be/?utm_term=.9a68209595d1

Nancy Bailey “Stop the For-Profit Charter Scam in Nevada” https://dianeravitch.net/2018/11/19/angie-sullivan-stop-the-for-profit-charter-scam-in-nevada/

Mercedes Schneider: New York Times Exposes Louisiana School’s 100-Percent-College-Acceptance Lie, and More https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/new-york-times-exposes-louisiana-schools-100-percent-college-acceptance-lie-and-more/ and https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/the-gimmick-behind-a-walton-featured-100-percent-college-acceptance-charter-school/

How can a school with 100 graduation rate be rated as a failing school? https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2018/12/09/cps-considers-closing-an-urban-prep-campus-for-poor-performance/

Diane Ravitch: The Resistance pushes back against corporate reformers in Indianapolis https://dianeravitch.net/2018/11/19/indianapolis-the-resistance-pushes-back-against-corprate-reformers/

Ravitch: Lame duck tea party legislature delivers gut punch to public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/14/north-carolina-tea-party-legislature-delivers-gut-punch-to-public-schools-in-lame-duck-session/

Why the secrecy surrounding this lucrative charter chain in Utah? https://dianeravitch.net/2018/11/19/utah-why-the-secrecy-around-this-lucrative-charter-chain/

How to talk to your family about privatization by Jeremey Mohler. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/11/21/how-to-talk-to-your-family-about-privatization/

The disastrous effects of privatization in Chile. https://nepc.colorado.edu/ and Sweden https://www.socialeurope.eu/a-cautionary-tale-to-be-had-from-swedish-school-reforms and why did Sweden adopt a radical choice plan by Sam Abrams? https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/13/samuel-abrams-why-did-sweden-adopt-school-choice/

Sleazy on-line charter school operator in Arizona pays himself another $1.3 million. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2018/11/19/primavera-online-charter-school-ceo-damian-creamer-gets-another-1-3-m/2019714002/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/08/arizona-the-charter-school-scam-of-the-month-perhaps-the-year/

On-line charter school in New Mexico is paid $6 million for students who have already left. https://www.apnews.com/cf7a689d9b53471fb4b41c32e1d80eee

Chalkbeat: “Indiana’s War On Teachers Is Winning” https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2018/11/27/indianas-war-on-teachers-is-winning-heres-what-superintendents-say-is-causing-teacher-shortages/

Massachusetts is forcing New Bedford to pay $25 million to expand a second-rate charter school. Why? https://dianeravitch.net/2018/11/29/lisa-guisbond-why-will-the-state-force-the-public-schools-of-new-bedford-to-spend-25-million-to-expand-a-second-rate-charter-school/

Tultican: How a San Diego charter school chain, Thrive, is lucrative for its operators but not for its students. https://tultican.com/2018/11/17/thrive-charter-schools-all-hat-and-no-cattle/

In Philadelphia, no accountability for failing charter schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/15/philadelphia-no-accountability-for-failing-charters-failing-charter-renewed-to-try-again/

Peter Greene: New Florida governor designates team to crush public education consisting of religious zealots and profiteers.  http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/12/fl-desantis-tabs-team-to-eliminate.html

Indiana’s scandalous voucher program which was substantially expanded by Mike Pence. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/01/28/how-mike-pence-expanded-indianas-controversial-voucher-program-when-he-was-governor/?utm_term=.2bf5adb27a53

Montana Supreme Court finds tuition tax credits (vouchers) unconstitutional. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/13/montana-supreme-court-says-tuition-tax-credits-vouchers-are-unconstitutional/

Mercedes Schneider: New Orleans superintendent is having to emergency revoke a large number of charters. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/new-orleans-superintendent-sure-is-having-to-emergency-revoke-a-lot-of-charters/

Oklahoma Republican County Chairman advocates the state stop paying for public schools. (I thought public school supporters won that battle in the 19th century.) https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/01/oklahoma-republican-county-chair-recommends-that-state-stop-paying-for-public-schools/

“Reform” failures

Jan Resseger: Faith in High Stakes Testing Fades, Even Among the Corporate School Reformers

https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/18126/

A Hechinger report: Federal innovation program gets minimal results. https://hechingerreport.org/the-dirty-secret-about-educational-innovation/?utm_source=The+Hechinger+Report&utm_campaign=19504d94d1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_18_04_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d3ee4c3e04-19504d94d1-322591845

How much should test scores matter? https://edexcellence.net/articles/how-much-should-we-rely-on-student-test-achievement-as-a-measure-of-success?utm_source=National+Education+Gadfly+Weekly&utm_campaign=6c5de46cb6-20160918_LateLateBell9_16_2016_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ef00e8f50e-6c5de46cb6-71635837&mc_cid=6c5de46cb6&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Betsy DeVos decimated Michigan’s public schools by Tom Ultican https://tultican.com/2018/03/09/devos-damages-detroit-schools/

Jan Resseger: DeVos Again Protects For-Profit Colleges and Federal Loan Servicing Contractor at Expense of Vulnerable Students https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/devos-once-again-protects-for-profit-colleges-and-federal-loan-servicing-contractor-at-expense-of-vulnerable-students/

Diane Ravitch reviews Eve Ewing’s award winning Ghosts in the Schoolyard https://dianeravitch.net/2018/11/20/my-review-of-eve-l-ewings-ghosts-in-the-schoolyard/

Mike Klonsky reviews Rham’s questionable assertions about his educational accomplishment. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/06/chicago-mike-klonsky-reviews-rahms-bragging-about-his-education-accomplishments/

An education law center calls for an end to state takeovers in New Jersey. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/12/07/education-law-center-calls-for-end-to-state-takeovers-in-new-jersey/

A teacher explains why so many young teachers are hostile to “reformers”. https://medium.com/@bardmatla/reform-resentment-983ae3271e95

 

Technology Dilemmas

Six questions we should be asking about “personalized learning”. https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2018/11/30/six-questions-we-should-be-asking-about.html?cmp=eml-enl-tu-news2&M=58689638&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

The Backlash Against Personalized Learning http://www.icontact-archive.com/cygVNOqY6pi4994qjjAO6Kl_BP4LgOzs?w=4

Can technology be dangerous to child development? https://nancyebailey.com/2018/11/13/disruption-using-technology-is-dangerous-to-child-development-and-public-education/

Students walk out of an Idaho school and call the technology driven instruction a hoax. https://www.idahoednews.org/news/ivanka-trump-and-apple-ceo-visit-wilder-schools/

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