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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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It’s wonderful to see all the protests around the country against standardized testing.  At Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, teachers are refusing to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).  In Texas, hundreds of school districts have passed a resolution saying standardized tests  are ”strangling” public schools.  The National Resolution on High Stakes Testing,...
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released a policy statement saying that supervised, unstructured (play oriented) recess in school is a vital part of a child’s development.  As they point out in the abstract to their statement: ”Recess is at the heart of a vigorous debate over the role of schools in promoting the...
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