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Several states plan to share confidential student data with a corporation funded by the Gates Foundation. This information may be shared with other entities, for purposes that are not clear.
As parents, grandparents and educators, we must protect our children’s rights to privacy.
We expect schools to understand the [...]
Who was the teacher in this FSA photograph? Hard to say. But if she didn’t have a union to support her (and few did during the Great Depression) I can tell you what she didn’t have the right to be: pregnant. If she were pregnant the local school [...]
March 4, I marched with students and teachers at Cal State to protest budget cuts; June 18, I paraded with other teachers (wearing a pink slip!) to protest teacher layoffs; September 14, I marched in front of the LA Times building to protest the [...]
At Dr. Diane Ravitch’s recent appearance in Los Angeles (which I videotaped; see below) one of her best lines quoted Rutger’s education economist Bruce Baker: “If I knew that a car that I was about to buy would surely explode one of every five times I got into it I would rather walk.” Dr. Ravitch [...]
Students with disabilities and students without disabilities must be placed in the same setting, to the maximum extent appropriate to the education needs of the students with disabilities.
So states the Department of Education’s definition of FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education). With charters sucking up so much [...]
Please everyone go out and buy Diane Ravitch’s new book and read the chapter entitled “The Billionaire Boys’ Club” if you want to know who’s driving national education policy. Hint: it isn’t Obama or Duncan. Below comes from her piece in the Huffington Post. And watch for her blog
In Willa Cather’s great short story “Paul’s Case” we meet a kid who’s crapping out in school. Why is Paul doing so poorly, driving his teachers nuts? School is boring. He wants bright lights and glamour in his life. His drawing master tries to understand him:
…he declared there was something about the boy [...]
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