RESOLUTION ON HIGH-STAKES TESTING

Please read and circulate!   http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/ This resolution is modeled on the resolution passed by more than 360 Texas school boards as of April 23, 2012. It was written by Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; […]

Why "Evidence-Based" Education Fails

Two parts of this possible answer deserve some consideration: (1) Are evidence-based scientific approaches from the high school level to a university, college, or distance learning university level objective, effective, or both? and (2) If so, why does science fail education reform? How did the largest and most aggressive federal education initiative, No Child Left […]

Justice for John Milton

By Erik White, I am writing today to tell you of a great miscarriage of justice, in our public education system. The greatest teacher I have ever known, John Milton, has been fired from De Anza Community College, for an obscene gesture or phrase. Whether or not John is guilty of the obscenity, the way […]

My Challenge to the False Prophets of Education Reform

At some point during my sophomore year of junior college, I came to recognize myself as a teacher while working as a tutor for Dean Carter’s British Literature survey course. I had discovered my calling to be a writer about a year before that. During my journey to major in education and certify to teach […]

The Education Celebrity Tour: Legend of the Fall, Pt. II

The U.S. is floundering at the bottom of international comparisons of education, and what makes this worse is that in the grand ol’ 1950s, the U.S. was at the top—at least that is one story offered by Michelle Rhee on a recent episode of the Colbert Report. Like the discussion of Waiting for Superman by […]

The for-profit Educational Maintenance Organization: Academica, Inc.

Academica, Inc. The for-profit Educational Maintenance Organization The first Florida charter school statute was approved in 1996, opening the door for the creation of charter schools as part of the state’s public education system, where they would operate independently. Since that time the race has been on, with Florida, along with other states such as […]