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Baltimore County: Former Superintendent Dallas Dance is Under Criminal Investigation; BY Diane Ravitch

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Baltimore County's  school Sup't  planned a huge investment in technology, in a cash-strapped school system with many pressing needs. Parents didn't see the evidence for this magic elixir . They worried that the schools were investing in a pipe dream...or worse a massive waste of taxpayers' money and a waste of students' instructional time. 'Where he saw technological salvation, the parents saw expensive snake oil.' The spending on technology with no evidence of its value goes forward:  like a $4 million expansion of just two software contracts, despite the programs’ high costs and lack of objective evidence of benefits. Thus, elementary school children as young as 6 watch math or English language videos, and do gaming-style lessons, or play video games as “rewards” on the devices during the school day.' What DOES LEARNING LOOK LIKE, is what teachers know... this is NOT it.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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