Infinity & Beyond: Unbounded Learning and Human Potential

  Figure 1. Unbound Learning Learning is limited by the test-based and standards-based accountability system that holds the reins on the curriculum of American schools. One of the consequences of this system of accountability is the limitations it has imposed on the real curriculum that emerges in the classroom.  Learning is limited, and restricted to […]

The Universe of Learning and a Sense of Wonder

  This is Part One of Bill Moyers’ interview with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Tyson is director of the Hayden Planetarium, at the American Museum of Natural History.  In the interviews with Moyers, Dr. Tyson explores the nature of an expanding universe, accelerating universe, the differences between “dark energy” and “dark” matter, the concept […]

Unreason and Anti-Science Alive and Well in the Georgia Legislature and is not Unique to Georgia

  Figure 1. High School mathematics teacher. Creative Commons Attribution.[/caption] The Georgia legislature has already passed a bill in the Senate (SB 167) that will essentially opt the state out of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts and other projects, ideas, technologies that have any glimmer of association with the […]

The Season of Unreason in the Georgia State Senate@Standards Bill 167

  In an article published at the PeachPundit, the author, Charlie Harper suggests the Georgia Senate Bill 167 is an anti-science bill.  In this post, I want to add to Mr. Harper’s conclusion that the action of the Georgia Senate is major step backwards for education in the state. Senators Ligon, Loudermilk, Hufstetler and Hill, […]

Will Georgia Follow Florida and Release Teacher VAM-Like Scores?

  Will Georgia follow Florida by releasing teacher VAM-like scores?  In Florida’s case, the Florida Times-Union released links to all 116,723 teachers’ VAM scores in an extraordinary unethical move that has happened other locations, including New York, and California. The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) will have two or more sets of data on every […]

What Every Georgian Ought to Know about Charter Schools

  Georgians should be aware that our state legislators are at it again under the Gold Dome changing key aspects of education in our state through the passage of House Bill 897.  The partisan bill affects education in the state in many ways.  The elected officials have decided they don’t like the Common Core Standards […]

The Gobbledygook of Florida Teacher Evaluations

  Figure 1. Words used to describe the statistical model used to evaluate a classroom teacher in Florida! Earlier this week, Florida released the VAM scores of its teachers.  Disturbing to say the least.  The Florida Times-Union released links to teacher VAM data for the past two years. There are 116,723 teachers listed in the […]

Science Ideas Have a History: The Case for Interdisciplinary Thinking

Latest Story Figure 1. How was this tool used to “discover” the background radiation made by the Big Bang? In a piece published on the Chronicle of Higher Education, Alejandra Dubcovsky, professor of history at Yale University, says  “to understand science, study history.” Indeed, science teachers have used some stories surrounding the history of science […]

Changing Public Education from the Ground UP: The Network for Public Education

Latest Story The first conference of The Network for Public Education (NPE) will be held this weekend at the University of Texas.  NPE, formed by Diane Ravitch,  is an advocacy group whose goal is to protect, preserve, and strengthen public education. The March 1 – 2 conference will include keynote addresses, panels and workshops. The […]

Why Are Scientists Abandoning Their Research?

Copyright All rights reserved by Dartmouth Flickr Why are scientist abandoning their research, and if they are what does this say about the looming STEM crisis that the nation faces, at least according to the Obama Administration? In Chronicle of Higher Education survey of American university research scientists, authors Paul Basken and Paul Voosen report […]

Jack Hills Zircon: Evidence of a Very Old Earth

Latest Story In a report published in Nature Geoscience, a scientific team studying rocks in Australia, used Australian zircons in the Jack Hills that are embedded in the rocks to decide the age and history of these rocks. They found evidence that the Earth’s crust first formed at least 4.4 billion years ago.  They analyzed […]

In Teaching, Should We Try to be Objective?

In teaching, should we try to be objective? If you are a teacher, or if you have taught school, you most likely dealt with  this question at one time or another.  As you will see, it’s not as easy to answer as we might think. It’s Not Settled Today, there are groups who are calling for […]

Welcome to A New Web Design for the Art of Teaching Science

Thank you for visiting my blog.  After teaching for forty years, I’ve spent the last ten writing the blog (and a host of other things), The Art of Teaching Science.  For at least five years, I’ve used web themes created by StudioPress (Copyblogger Media) for WordPress, one the most popular programs for designing weblogs and […]

NBC's Climate Debate: Enabling the Deniers

On NBC’s Feb. 16 edition of Meet the Press a “debate” was broadcast between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Rep. from Tennessee and David Gregory, the media enabler. On the one hand, its unfortunate that Bill Nye agreed to go on the program and acknowledge by his presence that global warming […]

NBC’s Climate Debate: Enabling the Deniers

On NBC’s Feb. 16 edition of Meet the Press a “debate” was broadcast between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Rep. from Tennessee and David Gregory, the media enabler. On the one hand, its unfortunate that Bill Nye agreed to go on the program and acknowledge by his presence that global warming […]

In Science Teaching, What Does it Mean to Teach Evolution Objectively?

In a comment about the earlier post on this blog, Evolution Might be a Law, But Student Ideas are Important, Dr. Robert Lattimer, President of Citizens for Objective Public Education, raised an important idea about science teaching.  When evolution is taught in our schools, it should be taught objectively. In context, here is what Dr. […]

Evolution Might be a Law, But Student Ideas Are Important

In this post I am going to claim that evolution is a law, no different from the accepted laws of gravitation or motion.  However, as science teachers, we know that students can be helped to build their own meaning and understanding of evolution, or gravity, or motion if we connect with their prior-experiences, their community […]

Students Choose What to Learn: Freedom to Learn in the Science Classroom by Terrill L Nickerson

Guest Post: Terrill L. Nickerson Terrill Nickerson is veteran high school science teacher with 26 years experience.  His first 15 years teaching science began in the Native American community, beginning on the Hopi Reservation in NE Arizona, and then on to teach at Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, NM.  He is now teaching […]

What Would the Russian Scientist, V.I. Vernadsky Say To Deepen the Debate Between Bill Nye & Ken Ham?

Note: I didn’t lead three lives, but I did go to the Soviet Union more than 25 times!   From 1981 – 2000,  I was part of group of students, teachers and researchers who participated in reciprocal trips to the former Soviet Union as part of the Global Thinking Project (GTP).  During this period I […]

What Would the Russian Scientist, V.I. Vernadsky Say To Deepen the Debate Between Bill Nye & Ken Ham?

Note: I didn’t lead three lives, but I did go to the Soviet Union more than 25 times!   From 1981 – 2000,  I was part of group of students, teachers and researchers who participated in reciprocal trips to the former Soviet Union as part of the Global Thinking Project (GTP).  During this period I […]

Governor Deal's Weather Task Force is More of a Mob Than a Problem Solving Team

To improve the state of Georgia’s response to severe weather, Governor Nathan Deal appointed a 28 member task force.  A few years ago, when Atlanta educators were accused of changing answers on student tests sheets, the Governor (Sonny Perdue) appointed a panel of three to investigate and prepare a report.  Why do we need 28 […]

Governor Deal’s Weather Task Force is More of a Mob Than a Problem Solving Team

To improve the state of Georgia’s response to severe weather, Governor Nathan Deal appointed a 28 member task force.  A few years ago, when Atlanta educators were accused of changing answers on student tests sheets, the Governor (Sonny Perdue) appointed a panel of three to investigate and prepare a report.  Why do we need 28 […]

Bill Nye, The Science Guy, Debates Ken Ham, The Creationism Guy

Bill Nye, The Science Guy, Debates Ken Ham, The Creationism Guy tonight at 7:00 PM which you can watch live on the FORA.tv website. You can visit the site now and participate in a live twitter chat.

Atlanta Snow Storm Fiasco: The Case for High-Stakes Testing of The Georgia Emergency Management Agency

Believe it or not, on Thursday, January 16, more than week before Georgia and Alabama citizens were stranded by a snow and ice storm, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal held a “Severe Weather Awareness Week” proclamation ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol. At that meeting, it was announced that Feb. 7 – 11, 2014 would be […]

5 Qualities of Systems Thinking and Communal Classrooms

Systems thinking teaching and learning can happen in any classroom, but it has a better chance of being successful when the school’s principles and policies are rooted in systems thinking.  However, as you will find out, the qualities that characterize systems thinking classrooms can be applied to any classroom. Systems thinking schools and classrooms seek […]

If You Think Student Output as Measured by Achievement Tests Is a Way to Evaluate Teachers, You'd Be Plug Wrong!

If You Think Student Output as Measured by Achievement Tests Is a Way to Evaluate Teachers, You’d Be Plug Wrong! What will it take to convince school boards, departments of education and administrators that using student achievement scores, one of the outputs that we constantly measure in American schools, is not a scientific nor ethical […]

If You Think Student Output as Measured by Achievement Tests Is a Way to Evaluate Teachers, You’d Be Plug Wrong!

If You Think Student Output as Measured by Achievement Tests Is a Way to Evaluate Teachers, You’d Be Plug Wrong! What will it take to convince school boards, departments of education and administrators that using student achievement scores, one of the outputs that we constantly measure in American schools, is not a scientific nor ethical […]

Instead of School's Industrial Culture, Students Need the Freedom to Learn

For the past 13 years, American schools have endured a rebirth of an “industrial culture” that is the product of “mechanistic age thinking,” described in-depth by Russell L. Ackoff (public library) in his writings, speeches, interviews and courses.  This rebirth has been waved over us by reformers whose self-interests, wealth, and corporate networks have resulted […]

Instead of School’s Industrial Culture, Students Need the Freedom to Learn

For the past 13 years, American schools have endured a rebirth of an “industrial culture” that is the product of “mechanistic age thinking,” described in-depth by Russell L. Ackoff (public library) in his writings, speeches, interviews and courses.  This rebirth has been waved over us by reformers whose self-interests, wealth, and corporate networks have resulted […]

Reforming Education Requires another Way of Thinking: What is it?

In this article I am going to argue that the kind of thinking that will be required to reform education has been part of our culture for decades, but it runs counter to ways that reformists have been “tinkering” with schools, K – college.  This “tinkering” is playing havoc on teachers, students, and parents, and […]

Is the Atlanta School Board Going to Think Differently?

Is the Atlanta School Board (APS) going to think differently? Its composition is different than it was a year ago. Six of the nine member board were elected to the Board in November. On January 14th, the Atlanta School Board met to discuss the nature of the school system, and to draft an APS Statement […]

In Spite of the "System," Urban Teachers Have a Record of Success

In spite of the “System” the evidence is that urban teachers have a record of success, not one that is spiraling down.  The present state of reform of American education is based on the idea that American students are doing poorly, and this will lead to disastrous economic consequences, and the loss of American’s place […]

In Spite of the “System,” Urban Teachers Have a Record of Success

In spite of the “System” the evidence is that urban teachers have a record of success, not one that is spiraling down.  The present state of reform of American education is based on the idea that American students are doing poorly, and this will lead to disastrous economic consequences, and the loss of American’s place […]

Is the Common Standards Movement Unraveling?

Latest Story Mercedes Schneider, on her EduBlog, wrote several articles documenting a growing movement against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by describing legislative action, and citizen protests in 23 states. I’ve used her observations to create a map locating these events across the U.S.  I’ve also included on the map the states that did […]

A Systems Thinker Reviews The Atlanta Public Schools' Performance in Reading & Math

Latest Story People are asking for better schools, with no clear idea how to improve eduction, or even how to define improvement of education (except to increase test performance on high-stakes tests). Most people are in favor of improving education.  But when asked how would they improve education, the suggestions are insufficient, and in some […]

A Systems Thinker Reviews The Atlanta Public Schools’ Performance in Reading & Math

Latest Story People are asking for better schools, with no clear idea how to improve eduction, or even how to define improvement of education (except to increase test performance on high-stakes tests). Most people are in favor of improving education.  But when asked how would they improve education, the suggestions are insufficient, and in some […]

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools' Cheating Scandal

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to assess student achievement in the nation’s large urban districts.  Reading results were first reported in 2002 for six districts, and math results […]

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to assess student achievement in the nation’s large urban districts.  Reading results were first reported in 2002 for six districts, and math results […]

Who Benefits When Student PISA Scores Decline?

What’s bad for you might be good for others. In fact, in the world of international tests, American student’s scoring low on the recent PISA test is actually very good for business, profiteers, think tanks, and those who think America’s schools are failing.  Using average scores, the US was ranked 30 in maths, 20 in […]

Teacher Educators are Teachers First by Practicing What They Teach

Teacher Educators are Teachers First by Practicing what they Teach. This is the first of several posts that will be published here about the art of teacher education.  There is a rich body of research on teacher education, and I will make use of recent work that shows that teacher education is a vibrant and […]

Shanghai-China, Canada, Chile and Liechtenstein Head to the PISA Finals

Shanghai, Canada, Chile and Liechtenstein Head to the PISA Finals. Suppose the PISA nations were organized into leagues and to follow the tradition of the sports world,  a final competition would be held in February 2014, to coincide with the Winter Olympics in Russia. Why these four countries?  Shanghai is an obvious choice.  Shanghai-China had […]

EmpowerED Georgia Kicks Off Stop Putting Georgia Schools on Shoestring Budgets

Guest Post by Matt Jones EmpowerED Georgia Kicks Off Stop Putting Georgia Schools on Shoestring Budgets. Since 2010, EmpowerED, a grassroots nonprofit, has focused on building and growing a grassroots movement of parents, educators, and community members to support public education in Georgia. This week, EmpowerED launched a campaign called “Stop Putting Our Schools on […]

Moving Beyond the Drama and Hyperbole that Dominate International Test Score Results

Moving Beyond the Drama and Hyperbole that Dominate International Test Score Results. The Guardian newspaper published a series of articles the 2013 PISA international test results.  In this post I want to focus on the article written by Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg entitled, PISA 2012 scores show the failure of ‘market based’ education […]

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are "Study Machines?"

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are “Study Machines?” According to Emma Vanbergen, Shangahi-based study abroad director for BE Education, a company that places Chinese students in British schools and universities, it’s not surprising that Shanghai students are rated at the top of PISA World League Standings. Why does she think so? She says […]

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are “Study Machines?”

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are “Study Machines?” According to Emma Vanbergen, Shangahi-based study abroad director for BE Education, a company that places Chinese students in British schools and universities, it’s not surprising that Shanghai students are rated at the top of PISA World League Standings. Why does she think so? She says […]

PISA Testing in the Year 2063: Fives Walk to School on Thursday

Latest Story Note: This is a letter written by a teen living in Atlanta in the year 2063.   Her name is Sklyer F., a 14 year-old girl living in Atlanta with her family—3 brothers, her father who home schools his children, and her mother who is an activist-independent-politician.  The PISA test, developed by the […]

PISA Headlines from the UK: World League Standings!

As in America, the U.K. and European newspapers are having a field day reporting the results of the 2012 PISA results.   Here are few that I’ve read. UK students stuck in educational doldrums, OECD study finds China’s Success? Pushy Parents and Pushier Teachers Asian economies top OECD’s latest PISA survey of global education, underscoring […]

PISA Day: Your education today is your economy tomorrow

“Your education today is your economy tomorrow,” is a quote from Andreas Schleicher from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who has become one of the world’s most influential figures in education. I took this statement off the PISA Day website.  In the view of Mr. Schleicher, a nation’s economy hinges on education […]

A Reporter from Ireland Previews the Release of PISA Test Results

As I mentioned yesterday, I am in England, and when I do an Internet search I often run across articles and reports from journals and newspapers in this part of the world. I did a search on PISA 2013 test results which will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, December 3rd) and the first hit was an […]

Schools Stuck at Back of the Class According To Forthcoming PISA International Test Results

According to today’s lead newspaper story, the results to be released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), show the  country has simply “stagnated” since its lackluster performance four years ago.  The OECD results will be announced on Tuesday. According to OECD 2009 test data, average score for the country’s fifteen year olds […]

NSTA's Uncritical & Authoritarian Position on the Next Generation Science Standards

The National Science Teachers Association released a position statement on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The NSTA statement is  uncritical and authoritarian.  It granted outright compliance with the NGSS, even though there is a groundswell questioning the use of standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Should we endorse one […]

NSTA’s Uncritical & Authoritarian Position on the Next Generation Science Standards

The National Science Teachers Association released a position statement on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The NSTA statement is  uncritical and authoritarian.  It granted outright compliance with the NGSS, even though there is a groundswell questioning the use of standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Should we endorse one […]

The Learning Pond: The “Eco” in Educational Ecosystems: Words Matter

Latest Story: Reblogged from Grant Lichtman’s Blog, The Learning Pond Grant 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, […]

How to Make Sense out of Educational Reform

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. […]

What Sort of Teacher Preparation Programs Does the Gates Foundation Support?

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 […]

Why Standards-Based Teaching is a Hopeless Way to Educate Youth

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 […]

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Turned Down, 5 – 4, by the DeKalb School Board

Latest Story 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 […]

Learning from the Elections in Atlanta and New York

Latest Story 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 […]

Higher Education, A Moral Voice, & Ed Johnson, Candidate for the Atlanta School Board

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.” […]

Higher Education, A Moral Voice, & Ed Johnson, Candidate for the Atlanta School Board

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.” […]

"Say It Isn't So," Georgia State Charter Commission Results: 1 Charter Approved, 7 Charters Denied

“Say it isn’t so.”  The State Charter School Commission ruled on the 16 applications it received from charter school organizations, and only approved one.  Sorry, but it is so. During the last Georgia legislative session, the Republican House and Senate amended the Georgia Constitution that resurrected the State Charter Schools Commission, which had been ruled […]

“Say It Isn’t So,” Georgia State Charter Commission Results: 1 Charter Approved, 7 Charters Denied

“Say it isn’t so.”  The State Charter School Commission ruled on the 16 applications it received from charter school organizations, and only approved one.  Sorry, but it is so. During the last Georgia legislative session, the Republican House and Senate amended the Georgia Constitution that resurrected the State Charter Schools Commission, which had been ruled […]

How Much Does It Cost to Find Great Teachers in Georgia? Answer: $60 Million

We’re spending a lot of money to find great teachers in Georgia.  Admittedly, Georgia isn’t the only state where this is happening.   Thanks to the Race to the Top Fund, the race is on to implement a system to score teachers based on pre-post test scores. The $4 billion Race the Top Fund, which […]

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 […]