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Miseducation of America
The New York Times yesterday highlighted a story about a so-called ”change agent” in education; a  school superintendent in Connecticut who is creating waves by increasing student testing, imposing a standardized curriculum, and upholding a more centralized system for teacher evaluation.  Nothing new there.  But what really struck me about the article was when they...
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A New York Times article that appeared April 12, 2013 reported that a high school teacher in Albany, New York recently gave an assignment to students asking them, presumably as a lesson on the Holocaust, to write a persuasive essay arguing from the Nazi point of view that Jews were the source of their problems.  The assignment...
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According to a post yesterday from PBS journalist John Merrow’s blog Learning Matters:  ”Michelle  A. Rhee, America’s most famous school reformer, was fully aware of the  extent of the problem when she glossed over what appeared to be  widespread cheating during  her first year as Schools Chancellor in Washington, DC.”  His meticulous article (including over 30...
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Tests have become the fashion in education these days, with everyone, it seems, being assessed on their ability to increase test scores.  I’ve developed this test (not yet standardized) to help teachers get in touch with their own inner sense of what is most important to the learning and teaching process.  Hopefully, this can help...
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I just completed two one-day workshops on “Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  A Revolutionary Concept in Special Education,” for educators in the Albany, New York area, March 13-14, 2013.  The March 13th workshop was comprised of 200 educators who were part of Capital District Beginnings, a service agency that provides a wide array of special education and therapy services to...
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