• Read this and weep–another example of “reforms” that lead us astray…

    When will they (we) ever learn? http://www.aei.org/publication/dc-graduation-scandal-shows-how-an-uncritical-gaze-leads-reformers-astray/ And see comments, especially by John Merrow pointing to the many times he raised red flags that went unheeded. I worry that the next "reform" bubble that will eventually burst, after it damages our schools and students, is the push to put a lap top in front of every little child in the name of "personalized instruction" and 21st century [...]
  • Just published on MEDIUM! Why I’m an optimist about fixing special ed.

    https://medium.com/@miriamkfreedman/why-i-am-an-optimist-about-fixing-special-education-4c3a09cccae In the piece, I write that when the public learns what's really going on in our schools--step by step--and when they've finally had enough--change will happen--and happen fast! The article lays out several areas of deep concern and sketches three broad solutions. Please feel free to share and repost this piece. The more the better!
  • Bring back Frankenstein! Great Jamie Gass op-ed, picked up by Diane Ravitch!

    An unlikely pair--Jamie and Diane. Thanks for the pickup, Diane. They agree that we need to bring back real literature for our children. The Common Core's "Informational texts" are a poor substitute. They do and have already led to declines in student achievement--the dumbing down of America. Bring back Frankenstein! https://dianeravitch.net/2018/03/15/jamie-gass-frankenstein-lost-to-common-core/ Thanks you Jamie and Diane!
  • Cry the beloved country

    Alan Patton wrote a novel, Cry the Beloved Country about South Africa in 1948. Today I cry for our country because it is filled with hatred, vitriol, and voices that do not hear (and have no interest to hear) each other. Where does this all go? In this article, we're talking about schools--the one public connector we have always had. I listened to the 60 Minutes Leslie Stahl interview of Betsy Devos--in disappointment, both for the questions and answers. The questions were [...]
  • Read it! A wonderful paper… about transforming US education

    https://education-reimagined.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/A-Transformational-Vision-for-Education-in-the-US-2015-09.pdfI Read it and pass it on! I loved this paper! I loved the idea that a group of people from diverse background --all around the country, schools, businesses, teachers, and foundations-- are getting together to give their best ideas for reimagining our schools. It's an easy wonderful read--even though it got a into the weeds a little in the 10 pages of text. It's [...]
  • 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 [...]