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Horace Meister: The "Mass Hysteria" at the U.S. Department of Education;by Diane Ravitch

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IF TRUTH ABOUT THE EDUCATION ISSUES IS WHAT YOU SEEK , here from the Diane Ravitch site, is MUST READ ESSAY was written by Horace Meister, a young untenured scholar who cannot use his own name for fear of retribution. Read it and judge it by the evidence. This is what happens when policy is based on ideology, not evidence. He writes: '
The power and reach of the federal Department of Education (DOE) has grown dramatically since 2009. The DOE has used Race to the Top and the controversial granting of waivers from the legal mandates of No Child Left Behind to force states to implement very specific policies. These policies include increasing the number of charter schools, evaluating teachers through value-added measures, and implementing the Common Core Standards and associated assessments. The DOE has also attempted to improve the 'lowest-achieving schools' by closing them!READ...
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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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