• 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, [...]
  • Special education in “deep trouble” and still needs reform, says California ed board president. Indeed it does!

    I attended the EdSource meeting last week in Oakland California and heard Michael Kirst speak about the need for reforming special education. The system is antiquated... and needs "another look." As you can read, the article cites several people, including yours truly and gives a shout out to my book, Special Education 2.0. [...]
  • More wealthy students attend private schools–is anyone surprised by this?

    Ed Week ran a fascinating Commentary.about this fact: while the number of students attending private schools has been rather steady, the number of wealthy students (especially in cities) attending private schools has risen. The statistics are from the years leading up to 2013. This trend is worrisome to me, as someone who believes passionately in the need for excellent public schools for all. If the trend continues, public schools will, more and more, be just for those students who [...]