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Los Angeles: One of the Riches...

May 7, 2019 by

I am often asked what billionaires should do with their money if they stopped investing in privatization. Here is a small project for...

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Richard Phelps: A Surprising I...

Jan 7, 2019 by

Richard Phelps is a testing expert. In this post, he asks why the College Board gets public subsidies when it is able to pay its...

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Whatever Happened to Common Co...

Jul 23, 2018 by

I am happy to see that our friend Peter Greene, recently retired from teaching, just published an article in Forbes. This makes me...

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Robo-Grading Student Essays is...

Jul 15, 2018 by

By Diane Ravitch – NPR ran an interesting story about robo-grading student essays. It didn’t use the headline that appears...

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Dumbest Idea of the Month: Mas...

May 23, 2018 by

There are two ways to go wrong in scoring student essays. One is to have them graded by computers. The other is to have them graded...

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Will Fitzhugh: Common Core, Cl...

Mar 16, 2018 by

Will Fitzhugh is founder and editor of The Concord Review, which publishes outstanding historical essays by high school students. I...

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Jamie Gass: How “Frankenstein”...

Mar 15, 2018 by

Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute (a think-tank in Boston with which I disagree about charters) wrote a terrific piece about the...

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Did U.S. Performance on PISA D...

Mar 6, 2018 by

Every time that international test scores are released, there is a predictable clamor to “do something.” President Obama said that...

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David Berliner Calls for a Nat...

Feb 17, 2018 by

David Berliner issued the following call for a national teachers’ strike on May 1. Teachers are now first responders, trained to...

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Parents File Complaint to New ...

Jul 6, 2017 by

The press release is self-explanatory: Contact: Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, 917-435-9329; leoniehaimson@gmail.com Wendy...

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“Democracy”: The Problem with ...

Jun 27, 2017 by

Diane Ravitch – A reader who takes the sobriquet “Democracy” adds this comment about Jay Mathews’ high school rankings, as...

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PBS Runs a Three-Hour Series G...

Jun 24, 2017 by

Funded by conservative foundations devoted to privatization, this program is the definition of paid propaganda. By Diane Ravitch...

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Trainwreck: This Math Curricul...

Feb 8, 2017 by

Diane Ravitch – A parent in Mountain View, California, describes the disaster of the district’s digital math curriculum. He...

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Has Trump Outsourced the Depar...

Jan 1, 2017 by

By Diane Ravitch – The U.S. Department of Education, in the Trump regime, is starting to look like a Jeb Bush sweep. Betsy...

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How Common Core Killed the Gre...

May 6, 2016 by

Jamie Gass excoriates the Common Core standards for de-emphasizing classic literature and replacing it with informational text. The...

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Sandra Stotsky: Massachusetts ...

Jan 28, 2016 by

Sandra Stotsky was deeply involved in the transformation of public education in Massachusetts from 1999-2003. As senior associate...

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Gates Gives $2 Million to EdWe...

Jan 24, 2016 by

There are many fine journalists at Education Week. I count on EdWeek to be the K-12 paper of record. That is why it is distressing to...

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Will Fitzhugh: Why Students Sh...

Dec 20, 2015 by

Will Fitzhugh is the tireless publisher and editor of The Concord Review. He taught history in a public high school for many years,...

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The New ESEA: Warning to Paren...

Dec 2, 2015 by

A colleague just pointed out to me that the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB) allows schools to turn over the...

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Emily Talmage Writes a Warning...

Nov 18, 2015 by

Diane Ravitch – Emily Talmage teaches fourth grade in Maine. She wasn’t supposed to be a career teacher. She went to Exeter,...

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