This post is a letter written by Ed Johnson, an advocate and citizen for improving education in the Atlanta Public Schools. This letter is especially timely in light of the consequences of the Atlanta and State of Georgia testing debacle. Although Atlanta has a superintendent, his term will end in 2014. A search committee has been formed.… Read more
Moneyball: A book and a movie based on real events in which a baseball team is assembled using analytical, evidence-based, and sabermetric methods. Sabermetrics is derived from the acronym SABR meaning Society for American Baseball Research.
GA AWARDS: An acronym which stands for Georgia’s Academic and Workforce Analysis and Research Data System. GA AWARDS is data collected through Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).
In my previous post, Are the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards Progressive Ideology, I argued that the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards are not the kind of movements that would attract the freethinkers that I discussed. The K-12 Standards movement is a top-down, authoritarian system that is polar opposite of the kind of action that progressive teachers would see as improving the education for children and youth. Indeed, as I pointed out, freethinkers then, and today, were attracted to John Dewey’s educational philosophy because of his view that learning was rooted in observation and experience, not revelation. Education should not only be based on experience, but should be secular. Progressive educational programs were learner-centered, and encouraged intellectual participation in all spheres of life.… Read more
Are the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Progressive Ideology?
A growing criticism of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards is that its way for progressives to inject their philosophies and ideology onto children and youth in American schools. Ralph Watts, a state representative from Iowa believes this, and in his mind, the evidence is clear. Evidence of progressive philosophy can be found throughout the standards.… Read more
According to the President of this organization “Ed schools don’t give teachers the tools they need.”
NCTQ’s president, Kate Walsh, has led the assault claiming that teacher education has no real authority because it lacks specialized knowledge. She writes about teacher education, yet she lacks professional training in educational research and has no experience as a K-12 teacher or a university professor.… Read more
This is a talk that Grant Lichtman presented at the TEDxDenverTeachers event, March 2013. Grant is author of The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School. - Chief Operating Officer of the Francis Parker School. - Author of The Learning Pond, a blog which focuses on transformational schools and how they shape students' future. This brilliant talk is based on Grant's 89 day trip to 64 schools across the nation. What did he find out from these schools that will help us understand what great education is all about? For those of you who are progressives, and think John Dewey is relevant today, then you'll love this talk.
Bill Moyer Interviews David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz on Toxic Science
Science can be a battleground — witness the politics of climate change, the teaching of evolution, the uncharted terrain of genetic modification and stem cell research, among other contentious issues. But when industries release untested chemicals into our environment — putting profits before public health — our children are the first to suffer. Nowhere is this more troubling than in the ongoing story of lead poisoning. (Moyers & Company)
I am going to argue in this post that progressive values should set the ideals of teaching and learning in American society. These values are rooted in democratic ideals and citizen action. Unfortunately the cloud of authoritarianism looms over education, making it difficult to design curriculum and instruction around progressive values.
This post is a counter to the conservative world-view has taken hold of education in the U.S.… Read more
A Fulton County grand jury indicted former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 others — top aides, principals, teachers and a secretary — for racketeering as well as theft by taking for the bonuses they received for good test scores or making false statements or writings, charges that provided the basis for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization count.
The indictment came about 20 months after Governor Deal released the results of an investigation carried out by two attorney’s appointed by former Govern Sonny Perdue and an investigative team of about 50 GBI agents who fanned out into schools and classrooms to interrogate educators who were suspected of involvement in the “Atlanta Cheating Scandal.”
As stated in the Governor’s Investigative Report a “culture of fear” took over the Atlanta School System, and led to a conspiracy of silence which enabled the bubble sheet erasure scandal to happen.… Read more
In this post I am going to argue that it is a mistake for large school districts such as Chicago, New York, and Atlanta to close schools on the basis of achievement and cost effectiveness. The Chicago School District announced that they plan to close 61 schools which is 13% of the total schools in the district. This will be the largest mass school closings in U.S.… Read more