Archives for January 2010

Why Using Achievement Test Results Is Not The Road To Take

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.—Robert Frost From the White House, to most Governor’s houses around the country, Americans are being led down a pathway that the creative and innovative would not take; and that is the road less traveled. […]

Using Achievement Scores to Support Myths and Build Fear

There was an interesting discussion in Yong Zhao’s book, Catching Up, or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization about how John F. Kennedy used the launching of Sputnik to suggest that a “Missile Gap” existed between the United States and Soviet Union, that the United States was behind. It turns out […]

Celebrating Individuality?

Yesterday I republished a post I wrote in October about the Race to the Top Fund, which is a $4.3 billion effort by the U.S. Department of Education to grant to winning States millions of dollars to increase student achievement, use student achievement data to evaluate teachers and administrators, emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & […]

Race to the Top—Application Due, January 19!

I am republishing a post that I made in October in which I discussed the U.S. Department of Education program, The Race to the Top Fund.  Each state can choose to submit ONE application, and that application is due in Washington on January 19, 2010.  You can go to the previous link and read the […]

Dr. Joe Abruscato: He Delighted in Teaching Because He Knew It Was Beautiful

I want to tell you about one of my closest friends—Dr. Joe Abruscato—and how he influenced me in my journey through life. Joe and I met in graduate school at The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1967. We were part of a group of high school science teachers who had come from various school districts […]