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The TRUTH: “the most important environmental factor in children’s early lives is the way their parents and other adults interact with them,” and that “a second crucial role that parents play early on is as external regulators of their children’s stress.  'Tough’s Atlantic article doesn’t mince words, and repudiates the cornerstone of the contemporary reform movement: “The truth is that low-income children can be harder to educate than children from more-comfortable backgrounds.” Had output-driven reformers understood that, we would not have gone down their test-driven, competition-driven path with futile value-added models using primitive test scores & simplistic measures of comparing student characteristics, for teacher evaluations. New opportunities have arisen, since  No Child Left Behind Act, which dominated federal education policy was finally euthanized.'

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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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