Tying Kids’ Lunch Money to Test Scores? It’s No Crueler Than High Stakes Testing – Education Article

    Most people agree that the best way to get kids to read isn’t by threatening to take away their lunch.  But an Arkansas state Representative is threatening to do just that – sort of.   Rep. Alan Clark, a West Memphis Republican, proposed a bill that would cut “Lunch Funding” for impoverished children in state schools where students struggle with standardized reading tests.   However, he’s not proposing we take away kids’ food.   If passed, the bill…

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Betsy DeVos’s Right Wing School Indoctrination Program – Education Article

 What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology?  You get rid of thinking people.  That’s Betsy DeVos’ plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.  The billionaire heiress who bought her position as Donald Trump’s Education Secretary plans to spend $5 billion of your tax dollars on private, religious and parochial schools.  This would be federal tax credits to fund scholarships to private and religious institutions – school vouchers in all but name.     It’s a…

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I Assign my Students Homework Despite Scant Research It Does Any Good – Education Article

In academic circles the debate over homework rages on. Does it actually help students learn or does it just cause undue stress and frustration for children and parents? As a teacher and a parent, I see both sides of the issue. In class, I assign my students homework every week – Monday through Thursday. Never on the weekends. My daughter’s teacher does the same. So at home, I’m on the receiving end, spending hours with my little munchkin helping her…

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‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Has Never Been More Important Than It is Today – Education Article

It’s not.     Anne Frank is not dead.     Not in 1945. Not in 2019.     Anne was a Dutch Jew hiding from the Nazis with her family and four others in a loft above her father’s former factory in Amsterdam.     The teenager is the most famous victim of the Holocaust, but her story doesn’t end when she succumbed to typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the closing days of WWII.     Because…

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Pam Harbin Wants to Go From Pittsburgh School Board Watchdog to School Board Member – Education Article

  My friend Pam Harbin is trying to undergo a startling metamorphosis.     She wants to transform from an education activist into a Pittsburgh School Director.    Now that Board President Lynda Wrenn is stepping down after 4 years, city voters in District 4 will have to decide whether Harbin can make the change. The election is on May 21.     Residents in parts of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Shadyside and North Oakland already know Harbin as a…

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Who’s Afraid of Public Schools? – Education Article

  Public schools are the bogeymen of American life.  We so often hear the bedtime story of “Failing Schools” that it’s no wonder some folks will do anything to ensure their kids get in elsewhere.  And let’s be honest. It’s the same impulse behind the latest college admissions cheating scandal.  A group of wealthy – though not too wealthy – parents thought their children should be able to enroll in the most prestigious schools.  So they bribed college admissions officers, cheated…

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Standardized Testing is a Tool of White Supremacy – Education Article

Let’s say you punched me in the face.   I wouldn’t like it. I’d protest. I’d complain.   And then you might apologize and say it was just an accident.  Maybe I’d believe you.   Until the next time when we met and you punched me again.   That’s the problem we, as a society, have with standardized tests.   We keep using them to justify treating students of color as inferior and/or subordinate to white children. And we never…

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Battle scars | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

There’s an ugly trend on Australian television that’s been going on for quite a while. I hoped it would fade away but it only seems to be getting worse. I’m referring to the ever-increasing number of commercials that depict males as incompetent fools who are put straight by their female companions. Maybe it’s been happening in your country too. Like the proverbial boiling frog, most of us have probably been oblivious to it. But, just as when you want to…

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As LA Teachers Strike Over Charter Schools, Democrat Cory Booker Speaks at Pro-Charter Rally – Education Article

  What a slap in the face!     In California, 30,000 Los Angeles teachers are on strike because charter schools are gobbling up their funding without providing the same level of quality services or accountability.     Meanwhile in New Orleans, Sen. Cory Booker is giving the keynote address at a charter school rally.     That wouldn’t be surprising if Booker was a Republican.     Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a big time champion of…

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The Holiday Season Brings Fear and Resentment for Many Students – Education Article

“I hate Christmas.”   Teachers hear that with surprising regularity around this time of year.   I hate Christmas. I hate Thanksgiving. I hate every holiday.   America’s public school students are living under tremendous pressure.   The social safety net is full of holes. And our children are left to fall through the ripped and torn fabric.   The sad fact is that one in four students in America’s classrooms have experienced a traumatic event.   So if your…

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What Happened to 2018 As The Year of the Teacher? – Education Article

  This year teachers took their mission way beyond the classroom.   Starting in West Virginia, we staged half-a-dozen walkouts in red states across the country demanding a better investment in children’s educations and often getting it.   Then we took that momentum and stormed our state capitals and Washington, DC, with thousands of grassroots campaigns that translated into seats in government.   It was so effective and unprecedented that the story began circulating that 2018 would be known as…

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LA Teachers Strike is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing – Education Article

  On Monday more than 30,000 teachers at 900 schools in Los Angeles, California, will be on strike.   And unlike the wave of teachers strikes last year in red states like West Virginia, this time educators are taking to the streets due to the policies of Democrats.   At issue are things like lowering class sizes and providing more nurses, librarians and counselors.   But behind these issues lies one of the most important facts about our country.   When you…

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A Gadfly’s Dozen: Top 13 Education Articles of 2018 (By Me) – Education Article

    I’m not going to mince words.   This year, 2018, has been a monster.   We’ve been fighting the dumbest and most corrupt President of our lives – Donald Trump. And we’ve been making progress.   Thanks to the midterm election blue wave in the U.S. House, Trump will finally have a check on his power.   We have more black and brown representatives, more women, more nationalities, ethnicities and faiths in the halls of power than ever…

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Public School Students are Being Erased From TV, Movies and Other Media – Education Article

  Ninety percent of America’s students go to public schools.   But you wouldn’t know that if you opened a book, turned on the TV or went to a movie.   The media is engaged in a disinformation campaign erasing public schools and public school students from our entertainments.   It’s another way marketing and advertising is forced down our throats and into our leisure hours.   Not only do the multi-billion dollar corporations who fund these entertainments want to…

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