There is so much valuable info coming in. Check Gotham's Rise and Shine, but they can't do it all.
From Susan Ohanian's daily posts. Yes, she does this every day. And her comments to go with the articles are spot on.
So many great links, so little time. I highlighted the ones I am most interested in. Doofus Duncan, the NY Mag article on testing and the Seattle parents on Gates. And I always love it when John Merrow, who applauded the LA Times for publishing teacher names and scores, gets taken down. I can't resist a few comments on Merrow:
* Deborah Meier: "Shocking, awful, embarrassing–especially since I have long admired you both--Grant and, John. I often thought Grant's thinking cool/cold/logic without the common human touch, but I also respected the insights that flowed from his logic. I just can't believe you and he wrote that junk, John. What do you think it does to kids, families, human beings--even if the test evaluations were a good measure. Nobody in the field of testing would argue for it--as you surely know."
* Diane Ravitch: "The naming of names based on dubious measures is truly disgraceful. I am disappointed and shocked to see you endorsing this approach."
I'm shocked that Meier admires Merrow and Diane is shocked. Merrow is a long-time ed deformer and I've gone after him a bunch of times. (See after burn below for a selection of my hits on him.)
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Can Our Schools Run on Duncan? David Moberg In These Times 2010-08-23 http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_atrocities.php?id=4029 This article gives a good rundown on how Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pushes Chicago's ineffective reforms on America's children.
Wishful Testing New York Magazine 2010-08-20 http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_atrocities.php?id=4031 New York Magazine takes a look at Mayor Bloomberg's school reform.
The Lines of Influence in Education Reform Dora Taylor Seatle Education 2010 2010-08-23 http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9450 A Seattle parent connects some dots on Gates money.
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Taking Note of John Merrow and Grant Wiggins Joe Bower For the love of learning blog 2010-08-22 http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=737
MORE if you have time
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Carvers Bay enlists ninth grade: Freshmen all put in JROTC By Gina Vasselli The SunNews.com 2010-08-23 http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9449 The entire freshman class at Carvers Bay High School has been automatically enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, a military-sponsored program that trains high school students in military discipline and concepts. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ To the editor Don Perl Washington Post 2010-08-24 http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1252 Don Perl rebuts Podesta's dangerous rhetoric. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Personal to the Los Angeles Teachers Union Sam Smith Undernews 2010-08-23 http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=738 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Uniting 4 Kids Uniting 4 Kids Facebook 0000-00-00 http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=575 Take a look at Uniting 4 Kids. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ What some teachers don't want you to learn John Diaz San Francisco Chronicle 2010-08-22 http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_atrocities.php?id=4030 The editorial page editor of the San Francisco Chronicle gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to the Los Angeles Times. He invites reader comments.