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Intelligence

In preparing for my AP Psychology class unit on intelligence and testing I came across this blog post by Nicholas Meier about Stephen Jay Gould’s “The Mismeasure of Man.” We’ll be reading the introduction to this critical book in class. Source: … Continue reading

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Does CTU have a contract?

The short answer is “no.” The slightly longer answer is “maybe… it depends on the details.” I’m seeing some teachers criticizing CPS’s contract offer as it’s being portrayed in the media. At this point we don’t know the details of … Continue reading

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A Call for the Next Phase in the Resistance

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Teachers at every level of schooling have struggled against two powerful social claims: (i) education has always been labeled a failure by political leaders and the media (notably in the context of international…

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Video: Bill Gates “Explains” Common Core

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In the following six-minute video at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in March 2014, Bill Gates demonstrates his privileged view of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Gates has contributed over $4.3 million to AEI, with over $1…

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Day 2 – NYS/Pearson Common Core ELA Exam

Originally posted on Critical Classrooms, Critical Kids:
reading passage sample courtesy of @ The Chalk Face and engageny.org  Today I administered DAY TWO of the 2014 NYS/Pearson Common Core ELA exam to 5th grade English-language learners (ELLs) and former ELLs…

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What if Common Core Had Followed the Democratic Process?

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On December 2, 2013, I posted a piece that focused on the governor-business hybrid nonprofit, Achieve, Inc. The post also included information on one of the “lead writers” of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Sue…

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Petrilli’s Hammer & the poverty has nothing to do with PISA argument

Originally posted on School Finance 101:
Mike Petrilli over at TB Fordham has made his case for why differences in national economic context do little to substantively explain variations in PISA scores. He frames his argument in terms of Occam’s Razor,…

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