• The Washington DC graduation fiasco ….

    On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:01 AM, John Merrow wrote: Friends, The emperor has no clothes, and I believe it's high time that everyone acknowledged that. Proof positive is Washington, DC, long the favorite of the 'school reform' crowd, which offered it as evidence that test-based reforms that rewarded teachers for high student scores (and fired those with low scores) was the magic bullet for turning around troubled urban school districts. But now we know that about one-third of recent [...]
  • Tech addiction: Schools buying tech companies’ “research” is a problem for us all.

    Here are my thoughts in response to this excellent Education Week piece by Matt Miles. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/02/07/tech-companies-are-buying-their-own-education.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2&M=58376112&U=1500758#comments Thank you, Matt, for this vital piece. It's about time! As a teacher, you clearly set out the downsides of tech addiction, research funded by technology that drives efforts for 1:1 technology, so-called "personalized instruction," and other efforts. [...]
  • Where do tech giants send their own children to school?

    Thank you, Diane, for highlighting this 2011 story. It was also one of my favorites when I first read it. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/01/26/where-do-tech-giants-send-their-children-to-school/ The hypocrisy in public education is rich. Too often, policies and "great ideas" are for other people's children--not our own. Please visit her blog at dianeravitch.net to see this post and my comment. If we're not careful, the rich and powerful will continue to pull their children out [...]
  • The way to a man’s heart… is through special education. OOPS!

    Of course, I mean the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and the way to improve public education is through special education. If we want strong robust public schools, we need to understand what's happening in those schools. And then, believe it or not, it's vital to understand special education. That's right, special education. And that's because special education, which was created in 1975 to mandate public education for children with special needs, has evolved & [...]
  • Koretz book about the testing charade… and my comment posted

    Please read this review, as posted on Diane Ravitch's blog. It raises all sorts of excellent issues. So, I was moved to comment. Enjoy! https://dianeravitch.net/2018/01/14/john-thompson-on-daniel-koretzs-the-testing-charade/ Here's my comment: Diane, Happy New Year and thanks for posting this interesting and unsettling book review about the negative (and, HMMM, unpredicted?) effects of testing policies set by experts and our government. As I read it, I realized that these [...]
  • Personalized instruction–for whom? other people’s children? and, what, may we ask, is it–beyond a HUGE sell to schools spending public dollars?

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/inside-silicon-valleys-big-money-push-to-remake-american-education/ HMMM... whose children are these computers for? Theirs or other people's. You decide.... http://www.businessinsider.com/waldorf-silicon-valley-school-shuns-technology-2017-3 And see an earlier story, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html. When Silicon Valley execs embrace technology in schools for [...]
  • New EARLY CHILDHOOD cleats for Solomon Thomas of the 49ers!

    Check out the little program in East Palo Alto (10 Books a Home) where I volunteer as a "role model." I visit a 4 year old boy (we started when he was 3) in his HOME--role modeling for the PARENTS--the help prevent (not close) that "30-million-word-gap." Here's a great link to the cleats that will be worn by the 49ers' Solomon [...]
  • Preschoolers and their parents have “learning parties” at home!

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/23/wish-book-tutors-for-preschools-ignite-a-love-of-learning/ Here's a story about 10 Books a Home-- a small, in-home learning program. It provides an hour a week of games, toys, and books for little kids and helps their parents work with their own children. I know, because I'm as volunteer role model with 10BH--as we call it. A good read. I do believe in home-based education! Let's help 10BH and other programs thrive.
  • Ed Week–New Survey Details Effect of Inclusion on Teaching Time

    It's about time! No pun intended. Thank you, Education Week, for this long overdue front page--top story. We need to study how inclusion affects classrooms--teachers and students. While the story focused on an international study looking at general educators' time on task and the effect of behavior issues in classrooms, this is but a good first step. We need many more studies need to look at all other aspects of this vital question: How inclusion affects general education--teachers [...]
  • Great California story! As California goes, so goes the nation!?!

    Special education still in "deep trouble" and needs reform--according to California's President of the State Board of Education, Michael Kirst. Here are the article about his comments (that includes some from me) and the podcast--again, Mike Kirst, followed by me. I do believe we're getting the word out...slowly, [...]