Archives for October 2013

Georgia Teacher Evaluations: All Trick, No Treat

EmpowerED Georgia published an “infomercial” on teacher evaluations just in time for Halloween, and on the heels of a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). NCTQ is a Washington-based group funded in large part by The Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Walton Family Foundation. NCTQ is also a purveyor of “junk […]

Inquiry Teaching: A Hallmark of Teaching in a Democratic Society

Teachers who instill as sense of inquiry in their classrooms are the educators who lead the rest of us out of the conservative and neoliberal paradigms that dominate education today.  These teachers know that teaching is not about skills, economic growth, job training and transmission of information.  To these teachers, classroom teaching is about equity, […]

What is Georgia's Race to the Top Plan for New Teachers?

What is the Georgia Race to the Top (RT3) Plan for New Teachers? Teach for America The simple answer is to hire inexperienced and uncertified teachers through contractual arrangements with Teach for America, a political action organization that provides boot camp summer training for college graduates from élite universities.  After five weeks of training, with […]

What is Georgia’s Race to the Top Plan for New Teachers?

What is the Georgia Race to the Top (RT3) Plan for New Teachers? Teach for America The simple answer is to hire inexperienced and uncertified teachers through contractual arrangements with Teach for America, a political action organization that provides boot camp summer training for college graduates from élite universities.  After five weeks of training, with […]

Powerful Reasons Why the DeKalb School Board Should Oppose the Druid Hills Charter Cluster

Guest Post by Dr. Cindy Lutenbacher, Professor at Morehouse College This letter first appeared on Maureen Downey’s AJC blog, Get Schooled.  The letter is published with the permission of Dr. Lutenbacher. My name is Dr. Cindy Lutenbacher, and I am a single, white, full-time working mother of two children in the Druid Hills Charter Cluster […]

Why Should Mr. Ed Johnson Be Elected to the Atlanta School Board?

Latest Story The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King Mr. Ed Johnson is one of the candidates running for Atlanta Board of Education (Board) District 9 At Large. His candidacy is just the opposite […]

The Druid Hills Charter Cluster: In Whose Interest?

Latest Story The Druid Hills Charter Cluster (DHCC) proposal has come under scrutiny by the DeKalb County Board of Education, who in the end, will approve or reject the proposal to turn seven schools into charters that will work independently from the county’s education system. Who Benefits? I wonder who will benefit from the DHCC charter cluster? […]

The Race to Top P-20 Data System: Is it Petrology or Pedagogy?

Every state that was a winner in the Race to the Top (RT3) has millions of dollars to develop a P-12 Longitudinal Data System (LDS). And sure enough, our friends over at Achieve, developed RT3 primers that states could use to write their proposals. The Gates Foundation also provided help to states to write their […]

The Race to Top P-20 Data System: Is it Petrology or Pedagogy?

Every state that was a winner in the Race to the Top (RT3) has millions of dollars to develop a P-12 Longitudinal Data System (LDS). And sure enough, our friends over at Achieve, developed RT3 primers that states could use to write their proposals. The Gates Foundation also provided help to states to write their […]

Do MOOCS Serve Schools or Corporations?

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) seem to be following the historical trend of our infatuation with how technology can solve many of our problems in teaching and learning.  Since 2008, MOOCs have emerged not only as individual and free online courses (such as those offered at universities such as MIT, Stanford and Harvard, but have been […]

Georgia's Race to the Top: Follow the Money

In 2010 the Georgia Department of Education received ~$400 million from the Race to the Top (RT3) fund to Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: Standards and Rigorous Assessment–The grant proposal indicates that the state’s Common Core Georgia Performance […]

Georgia’s Race to the Top: Follow the Money

In 2010 the Georgia Department of Education received ~$400 million from the Race to the Top (RT3) fund to Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: Standards and Rigorous Assessment–The grant proposal indicates that the state’s Common Core Georgia Performance […]

How Georgia Could Turn Around Turnaround Schools

Georgia, like other states, has identified schools whose students and teachers have been labeled failures on the basis of high-stakes tests. These tests measure the narrowest and possibly the least important aspects of schooling, namely the ability to answer multiple choice questions on the lowest level of content in math, or science, social studies or […]

Georgia's Turnaround Plan: Hire TFA and TNTP Cadets

Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: (1) standards and assessment (2) data systems (3) great teachers and leaders and (4) turn around the lowest achieving schools. In this post, I am going to look at the fourth goal of […]

Georgia’s Turnaround Plan: Hire TFA and TNTP Cadets

Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: (1) standards and assessment (2) data systems (3) great teachers and leaders and (4) turn around the lowest achieving schools. In this post, I am going to look at the fourth goal of […]

Is the Purpose of Education Economic Development? The State of Georgia Says Yes.

Which of the following is the most important purpose of education in Georgia? to prepare students to become responsible citizens to enhance personal happiness and enrich lives to support the economic development of the state to get a job to learn how to learn According to Governor Deal’s website, the answer is either 3 or […]

Georgia's Governor Deal & Superintendent Barge Need to Think Differently

Political and corporate reformers claim that American schools and students have been left in the dust by schools and students in other counties. The claim is based on faulty international and state achievement test analyses. And using faulty conclusions, a “weigh the cow” policy emerged in which we test the heck out of students thinking […]

Georgia’s Governor Deal & Superintendent Barge Need to Think Differently

Political and corporate reformers claim that American schools and students have been left in the dust by schools and students in other counties. The claim is based on faulty international and state achievement test analyses. And using faulty conclusions, a “weigh the cow” policy emerged in which we test the heck out of students thinking […]