Archives for May 2012

NCTQ Study of Assessment in Teacher Preparation Courses Flunks

In May, 2012, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) issued a report entitled: What Teacher Education Programs Teach About K – 12 Assessment.   Anthony Cody mentioned this study in a recent post entitled Payola Policy: NCTQ Prepares its Hit on Schools of Education. The title intrigued me, so I went over to the NCTQ website, and read […]

Part II: Will the Debate over Evolution End Soon?

We introduced this topic yesterday and referred to an Associated Press story, in which Richard Leakey suggests that the debate over evolution will end sometime over the next 15 to 30 years.  Leakey’s thesis was: If you get to the stage where you can persuade people on the evidence, that it’s solid, that we are all African, […]

Part I. Will the Debate over Evolution End Soon?

  Richard Leakey says that looking at the past the way paleontologists and anthropologist do can teach us much about the future.  He points out that extinction is one of the most common types of phenomena observed in nature, and that extinctions are related to environmental change.  He suggests that environmental change is controlled by […]

Charter Schools in Georgia: Corporate Reformer's Magic Bullet

Georgia is moving closer to enabling corporate reformers to open charter schools throughout the state without local school district approval.  To these corporate reformers, charter schools are seen as the magic bullet that will save our schools from the incompetence that they lay at the feet of public school teachers, principals, and parents.  Nothing could […]

Charter Schools in Georgia: Corporate Reformer’s Magic Bullet

Georgia is moving closer to enabling corporate reformers to open charter schools throughout the state without local school district approval.  To these corporate reformers, charter schools are seen as the magic bullet that will save our schools from the incompetence that they lay at the feet of public school teachers, principals, and parents.  Nothing could […]