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The TRUTH In Black & White HD: Amazing Chicago Public Schools video

A video addressing many of the social-economic challenges faced by the people of Chicago Public Schools. 

 

We MUST be done with economic segregation ! 

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The Innovative Educator: Is compulsory education really necessary?

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Casualties in the Education Reform Wars | The Nation

Casualties in the Education Reform Wars | The Nation | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Rolisa is a married mom with four kids. Two of them are successful graduates of Chicago’s public schools—her eldest graduated from college in 2011, and the second is a college junior

 

."“As a sixth grader, my son is facing very high-stakes testing this year,” "  Sixth grade?  Seriously?!

 

Lovely article to ponder

 

 

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The Not-So-Hidden Crisis

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While the billionaires and multi-millionaires wring their hands over the public schools and promise to end poverty by testing kids and their teachers, there is a back story. The back story is that ..."

Do the reformers still believe that we can fix the schools first, then turn our attention to poverty? Or that if we fix the schools, then poverty will take care of itself? Yes, they do. Do they have any evidence that any of this will happen? No.

The economic policies of the past decade have been very very good for the very very rich. Not good at all for the other end of the spectrum."

 

 

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Democrats Introduce Bill to Overhaul Teacher Training

Democrats Introduce Bill to Overhaul Teacher Training | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Stephen Sawchuk, a former federal education beat writer, turns his inner policy geek to digging around in the weeds of the teaching profession.
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Students of Chicago Public Schools Back in Class, Broader Reform Issues Remain - PBS NewsHour

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Students of Chicago Public Schools Back in Class, Broader Reform Issues RemainPBS NewsHourFor a look at some of the broader issues of education reform the Chicago strike brought into the limelight, we turn to Linda Darling-Hammond.
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I Am A Student, and I Stand Against Students For Education Reform (SFER)

I Am A Student, and I Stand Against Students For Education Reform (SFER) | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
  “Empowering students to advocate for change.”   It’s as if this organization was made just for me–just read my headline! If you take a few seconds to search around my... (Discussing "trolls" in creative blogging class.
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Why It’s Never Mattered That America’s Schools ‘Lag’ Behind Other Countries | TechCrunch

Why It’s Never Mattered That America’s Schools ‘Lag’ Behind Other Countries | TechCrunch | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The United States has never ranked at the top of international education tests, since we began comparing countries in 1964, yet has been the dominant economic and innovative force in the world the entire time.
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The Myth of the Education Crisis

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Everyone knows that our public school system is a mess, far worse than it's ever been. Everyone is wrong.
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Goals for education reform are admirable but unrealistic - UConn Daily Campus

Goals for education reform are admirable but unrealistic - UConn Daily Campus | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Goals for education reform are admirable but unrealisticUConn Daily CampusRevamping American educational standards might sound like a good idea in light of this country's poor performance on standardized tests and increasing global competition, but...
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What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success: No Private Schools!

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success:  No Private Schools! | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.

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How the Finnish school system outshines U.S. education

How the Finnish school system outshines U.S. education | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Educational philosophy in Finland is strikingly different than in the United States, but the students there outperform U.S. learners. (How the Finnish school system outshines U.S.Finnish schools are nationally funded based on the number of students. Schools are provided additional funding if they have a higher proportion of immigrants or students whose parents are uneducated or unemployed, he said

 

 

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25 Trends Disrupting Education Right Now

25 Trends Disrupting Education Right Now | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Disruption doesn’t sound like a pretty word, but in the long run, it can be a beautiful thing. Disruption is about shifting power. Eroding patterns. Breaking the system. In education, this can come from the most unlikely of sources.
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“The Difficult Thirty Percent” Redux: The Equity Gap 2012 | Dailycensored.com

“The Difficult Thirty Percent” Redux: The Equity Gap 2012 | Dailycensored.com | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Ralph Ellison, celebrated author of Invisible Man, spoke in September 1963 at a teachers' conference ...to discuss 'these children,' the difficult thirty...
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Phenomenal article: "No Excuses" Reformers Perpetuate Inequity!

Phenomenal article:  "No Excuses" Reformers Perpetuate Inequity! | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Phenomenal article cuts to the core of the current ed reform debates. 

 

Some important quotes: 

 

"In other words, the majority of people in the United States remain in the social class of their birth.

Poverty is destiny, and affluence is destiny in the United States. And these facts have almost nothing to do with the effort of anyone in those categories.

This is the statistical norm in the United States: Each of us is destined to the class of our parents. Those who are socially mobile upward are outliers, and to promote social policy based on the claim that “poverty is not destiny” is to make an ideological claim that has no basis in evidence. And worse, it makes an unwarranted implication that normal outcomes are somehow the result of inherent flaws in the majority of people who live their lives in the class into which they were born."

 

The ideological arguments of the “No Excuses” Reformers are perpetuating inequity by ignoring the evidence and creating policy that scapegoats teachers and schools.

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The Faulty Conclusion of Education Reform

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The reason for blaming teachers comes from the premise "the teacher has the biggest impact on student achievement" but as Richard Rothstein at the Economic Policy Institute points out the rub is that the research refers to in-school influence."This flawed line of thinking is playing out on a national level when it comes to education "reform.""

 

 

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Report Indicates Significant Re-Segregation of Public Schools

Report Indicates Significant Re-Segregation of Public Schools | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.
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Why 21st century education is not just about technology - EdSource Today

Why 21st century education is not just about technology - EdSource Today | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
EdSource TodayWhy 21st century education is not just about technologyEdSource TodaySo although technology advancements catalyzed the above changes, just adding more technology into a 19th century classroom doesn't make it a 21st century learning...
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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...

 

This video speaks to me intimately.  I was trained as a school psychologist and have tested probably one million kids for IQ.    Sadly............  I hope never to test again. 

 

My opinion, 25 years later, is vastly different than it was in 1990.  When a parent asks what their kid's IQ is, I say:  it depends on what they are doing.   I now believe in strengths based education and assisting kids with becoming expert in their area of expertise. 

 

 

 

 

 

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...

 

This video speaks to me intimately.  I was trained as a school psychologist and have tested probably one million kids for IQ.    Sadly............  I hope never to test again. 

 

My opinion, 25 years later, is vastly different than it was in 1990.  When a parent asks what their kid's IQ is, I say:  it depends on what they are doing.   I now believe in strengths based education and assisting kids with becoming expert in their area of expertise. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Special Education and 21st Century Teaching and Learning

www.disabilitysyncs.com Compiled and put together from many posts... this video describes why and how teaching and learning is changing and must change to me...
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Follett Challenge Returns to Reward Innovative Schools - RedOrbit

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Follett Challenge Returns to Reward Innovative SchoolsRedOrbit“Our goal for the Follett Challenge moving forward is to promote and advocate for the educators who are innovative in the way they approach 21st century education and discover how they ...
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Obesity, Poverty and Education

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If obesity is the result of eating too much and exercising too little, how come the states with the lowest income levels are the fattest? You would think that the people with extra cash for fancy cars, gourmet restaurants and rich ...
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Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

By Robert Rothman

Harvard Education Letter

August 2, 2012

 



Math

Focus Coherence Skills, Understanding, and Application Emphasis on Practices

 

ELA

More Nonfiction Focus on Evidence Staircase of Text Complexity Speaking and Listening Literacy in the Content Areas
Via Mel Riddile
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Matt Weld's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:49 PM

Clear, concise, brief summary of the effects of Common Core

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Education Reform Sucks: Driving a Stake through High Stakes Testing- "McCharters?"

Education Reform Sucks: Driving a Stake through High Stakes Testing-  "McCharters?" | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
    VAMPIRE AS CORPORATE ED REFORMER   I teach a freshman seminar class about the “myth and lure of the vampire in modern society.”   Seriously.  It’s fabulous work. In a... 
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