Reblogged from Grant Lichtman’s Blog, The Learning PondGrant Lichtman is Senior Fellow of The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, a growing national organization focused on transforming education through professional development for teachers and administrators. For almost 15 years, Grant has been involved in education as a trustee, chief of finance and operations, teacher, parent, and volunteer at Francis Parker School in San Diego, one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Grant is the author of “The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School” based on his seminar in strategic and creational thinking.… Read more
P.L. Thomas explains that to understand U.S. educational reform, foundational differences among the various groups or camps of reform need to be clarified. And, in a post he wrote this week, he has provided a map that we can use to help us understand educational reform.
He states that all reform is driven by ideology. He says:
and thus, those ideologies color what evidence is highlighted, how that evidence is interpreted, and what role evidence plays in claims public education has failed and arguments about which policies are needed for reform.
Did you know that between 2008 and 2013, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided more than $37 million in funding for teacher preparation projects?
What sort of teacher preparation programs does the Gates Foundation support?
Only 8% of these funds were awarded to university teacher education programs. Ninety-two percent of the grant money was awarded to corporations including The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and Teach for America (TFA). Michelle Rhee, a former Teach for America cadet, and former Chancellor of the D.C.… Read more
Why is Standards-Based Teaching a Hopeless Way to Educate Youth? That is the question to be explored in this post. At the end of this post is a YouTube video of a high school student’s speech in which he provides research evidence that the Common Core State Standands (CCSS) is a contrivance of educational testing executives who were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and that educators did not play a role in the final draft of the CCSS.… Read more
Maureen Downey announced from her Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog, Get Schooled, that the 5-4 vote by the DeKalb County Board of Education rejected the Druid Hills Charter Cluster (DHCC). The DHCC petitioned to create a cluster of seven schools with Druid Hills High School being fed by six middle and elementary schools.
According to Maureen Downey’s first hand report, “the debate turned rancorous at several points. Much of the consternation was directed at Marshall Orson, who admitted from the start that he supported the cluster and argued long and hard on its behalf.… Read more
Last week, a new mayor was elected in New York, Atlanta reelected its mayor, and elected a new slate of members to the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Board of Eduction. What can we learn from the elections in these two cities? Will education in New York set the stage for a large-scale rethinking of the corporate reform model that is driving American education?
The power of universities to influence public policy and debate should be part of the mission of institutions of higher education. Yet, as Milton Greenberg points out in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “higher education tends to take a utopian “let us reason together” view of conflict, often refusing, or unable, to engage more-pragmatic power players.”
In tomorrow’s election, Atlanta will choose new members to the Board of Education, a very significant time in the life of the APS.… Read more