Canada admits the truth
Over 50,000 Native Canadian children died in the Residential School system, operated by various churches and endorsed by the Canadian government.
After many years of single minded determined work by Rev. Kevin Annett (Defrocked by the United Church in an attempt to cover its criminality) and other individuals and groups; the truth has finally been admitted. 5
State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax
The raping of democracy continues. These Kochs are something. They most likely even think they will be taking their wealth with them as they die and wither into the depths of Hell. The problem is they will leave a shambles of a country.
"The strategy for the state-level organisations, which describe themselves as "free-market thinktanks", includes proposals from six different states for cuts in public sector pensions, campa... 1
|Our Schools, Cut Off From the Web
"ON June 6, at a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., President Obama set a goal of high-speed Internet in nearly every public school in America in five years" but today, " half of Americans don't own a smartphone, one-third lack a broadband connection and one-fifth don't use the Web at all and while 'virtually all of America's schools are connected to the Internet today...the question is quality. Children who go to school in p... 1
|The Faulty Logic of the 'Math Wars'
T"here is a great progressive tradition in American thought that urges us not to look for the aims of education beyond education itself. Teaching and learning should not be conceived as merely instrumental affairs; the goal of education is rather to awaken individuals' capacities for independent thought. Or, in the words of the great progressivist John Dewey, the goal of education "is to enable individuals to continue their ed... 2 |
|Schooling Ourselves in an Unequal America - REBECCA STRAUSSNYTimes.com
"Averages can be misleading. The familiar, one-dimensional story told about American education is that it was once the best system in the world but that now it's headed down the drain, with piles of money thrown down after it. The truth is that there are two very different education stories in America. The children of the wealthiest 10 percent or so do receive some of the best education in the world, and the quality keeps gett... |
|Power to the Preschoolers - Gail CollinsNYTimes.com
nothing major is going to happen for early-childhood education without an enormous "nothing major is going to happen for early-childhood education without an enormous groundswell of public demand. This is a cause that's extremely popular in theory. But its advocates have no power to reward or punish. Lawmakers who labor on behalf of preschool programs may get stars in heaven, but they don't get squat in campaign contributions...
|Public School Supporters Seek to Shape New York City Education Policy - By SONI SANGHA NYTimes.com
As the push to charter schools leaves public schools in the dust, grassroots movements are rising to advocate for public schools. A coalition of public school supporters called A+ NYC, hope to shape positions on the future of the nation's largest public school system. They created a special bus and took it "on a weeklong tour that zigzagged across the boroughs, stopping at schools, offices of participating advocacy groups, a... |
|The Ignorance Caucus - By PAUL KRUGMAN NYTimes.com
Teachers of 'critical thinking skills,' like myself know that the entire process of analysis depends on one thing: prior knowledge. Here is an excellent essay about the GOP effort to create an ignorant public that will accept their misrepresentations and outright lies. " Hillary Clinton said of her Republican critics, "They just will not live in an evidence-based world." Krugman says: These days the GOP " dislikes the whole i... 1 |
|The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools - DAVID L. KIRP NYTimes.com
Mr Kirp says: "As someone who has worked on education policy for four decades, I've never seen the likes of this. "Well, if he had been any classroom practice where learning is the rule, and teachable moments is what the professional teacher-practitoner looks for, he would see how genuine teachers faciliate learning when the principals get out of the way and let them teach as in this school.
"Cognitive and noncognitive, think... 1
|One on one gets the job done | United Federation of Teachers
Here is what kids need, not merely a computer and a cubicle. From the Article by a teacher who we all want for our kids.
"Too often students sit lost in a sea of other seemingly knowing bodies, afraid to admit they don't get it. As soon as that vacant look appears on a student's face, it's time to discreetly pull him or her aside and ask if help is needed; and if necessary, insist that it is.We all know the cues, and students... 1 |
|Joy Resmovits: George Miller Marks Digital Learning Day With New EdTech Bill
Here is how those who profit from education package their message: as Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat of the House education committee, introduced legislation that HE CLAIMS make schools' transition to integrating technology into their lessons and operations a little bit smoother. "Technology provides us an opportunity to tackle chronic education challenges in new ways thanks to increasing use and access, c...
|Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: What Do Grades Mean?
Joel Shatsky writes a must-read , inspiring factual column at a time when the national conversation is a narrative rant by profiteers and politicians about evaluating teachers, rather than one where genuine educators like Shatsky speak about the criteria for learning.
"The trouble is not that we are sorting [grading] students badly -- a problem that logically should be addressed by trying to do it better. The trouble is tha... 1 |
|Clashing Explanations on How Talks With Teachers Union Failed - NYTimes.com
When you read this "NY Times" article note that these facts are missing: "Bloomberg, tried to deflect blame by erroneously accusing the union of putting on the table at the last minute a two-year "sunset" clause that he said would have rendered the evaluation system toothless.
"A similar sunset clause is included in more than 90 percent of the 681 approved evaluation plans across the state, and even State Education Commissi... |
|Learning From Research Failure - By SAM LOEWENBERGNYTimes.com
"Researchers need to openly discuss their failures, because in a learning process, you get things right by first analyzing why you've been getting them wrong."
"Beyond simply doing good, there's an impetus to show success: nongovernmental organizations, contractors and researchers want a good track record, funding officials must show they are spending wisely, and journal editors want to highlight breakthroughs.
But "succes... |
|More Lessons About Charter Schools - NYTimes.com
"Despite a growing number of studies showing that charter schools are generally no better -- and often are worse -- than their traditional counterparts, the state and local agencies and organizations that grant the charters have been increasingly hesitant to shut down schools, even those that continue to perform abysmally for years on end. If the movement is to maintain its credibility, the charter authorizers must shut down f... 1 |
|Fact check: LaPierre's Big Fib on the Assault Weapons Ban
"There's plenty to digest from today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns, but it's worth setting the record straight about a key study that "proved," as two Republican witnesses claimed, that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which was carried out on behalf of the DoJ by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, led by criminologists Christopher Koper, was a failure. The study did no such thing."
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|Joy Resmovits: Hufington Post Charter School Growth In Michigan Brings Cautionary Tale On Quality
"Twenty years later, there is no comprehensive index of national charter school rankings. Without them, it's hard to compare schools across state lines, especially because of differences in standardized tests. The closest thing to an answer is a trove of studies from Stanford University's CREDO center.... In Michigan, the evidence on charter school quality is clearer. Students in charter schools there perform worse on average ... 1
|Joy Resmovits: Tennessee Teacher Cheating Ring: The Plot Thickens
Education holds the prize for encouraging corrupt behavior when "teaching" and teacher evaluation became the focus, not THE REAL STANDARDS, which actually WERE criteria for LEARNING; "The 8 Principles of Learning" was Pew's third level research from Harvard, which was sold to the public as a 'demand for standardized testing'. If it had been thoroughly covered by real journalists, the rubric for learning would have been cry... |
Marketing Guns to the American Youth of Yore
'Gee Dad ... A Winchester!'
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, it seems grotesque. But gunmakers in the US used to advertise their deadly products directly to teenage boys, marketing them as the perfect Christmas present. And if the wife resisted, Winchester had the answer.
Top Conservative Publication: Shooting Occurred Because Women Ran The School
The folks at the National Review think that the lack of aggressive males at Sandy Hook Elementary contributed to the massacre. There is obviously a large segment of the Conservative population of this country that is unable to connect in a meaningful way with current events or other citizens that are not like them -- these folks are also sociopaths. 21
|A Misguided Focus on Mental Illness in Gun Control Debate - RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D. NYTimes.com
Alcohol and drug abuse are far more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness by itself. In the National Institute of Mental Health's E.C.A. study, for example, people with no mental disorder who abused alcohol or drugs were nearly seven times as likely as those without substance abuse to commit violent acts.
It's possible that preventing people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental il... 2 |
Nation's First Standardized Test On Sex Ed Reveals Gaps In Students' Knowledge
Washington, D.C. just released the results of the nation's first standardized test measuring students' knowledge of health and human sexuality. Although high school students were able to answer about 75 percent of the questions correctly, the results confirm that they knew less about practical solutions for sexual health issues, such as how to locate health information and assistance.
The District's education department admin... 1
|LAUSD Rubber Rooms Crowd Up - Page 1 - News - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
"On the outskirts of LAUSD's sprawling, mazelike Educational Service Center in Reseda sit seven long, shabby, peach-colored bungalows with barred windows and rotting wood, 25 or so teachers sit at cubicle. They are teachers in teacher jail, known more popularly as rubber rooms, and the aim is to keep them out of classrooms while allegations against them are investigated."
Teachers are the targets, as education is now a busin... |
|Grading Schools Isn't the Answer. It's the Problem. - Michael Brick
Brick explains "Raw numbers don't begin to capture what happens in the classroom. And when we reward and punish teachers based on such artificial measures, there is too often an unintended consequence for our kids."
I have said for years that the national conversation in this country needs to return to those who offer the evidence and the clarity that comes from knowledge, experience and evidence of success. It is the teach... 2 |
|School Reform in Newark With a New Teachers' Contract - NYTimes.com
Supporting and rewarding the best., as the Newark negotiation, in this article sells as the answer, is blarney... not that this is somehow a bad idea,! It's the issue of 'criteria' that makes this bogus.
The entire national conversation about evaluation is a deception which avoids pointing the finger at the real culprits who do not support the classroom teacher.
Four of the New Standards criteria for learning were f...