Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Content at SusanOhanian.Org! Sept. 18, 2013

I can't resist posting Susan's updates. She is the original anti-standardista who has been battling ed deform before there was such a thing. How much irony in that Susan, once a sever critic of Diane Ravitch, was cited on Diane's blog once again yesterday. Shows you how much unity the ed deformers have brought to our movement. (Thanks Uncle Joel!)

The idea is that with all these links on the ednotes blog I and others can get to read some of them when there is some downtime. What is downtime? - Given I just returned from taping Ravitch at her web event which I went to after the UFT special DA to endorse di Blasio -- I win a cracker jack box prize for handing Big Bill the MORE newsletter --- I'll tell you about my confrontation with Uft/Unity attempts to muscle me. "Call the cops," I said "to have me removed." I had my cell phone out to film. I didn't have to.

Susan speaks from here on.

I've let things pile up again. Again, I apologize. I thought I hadn't posted much. I'm still plagued with bad asthma (just pray for hard freeze in Vermont) and trapped into immobility, which I choose to take in front of computer. But I'm working hard on 'other things'--to be announced. So this amount of posting surprised me.

Go on over to http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2013/09/poohs-little-instruction-book-for.html

for the close of an essay I wrote for New England Reading Association Journal--just out. The essay is 'Standards, Rubrics, and Dead Frogs' and has this pull-out quote:
When Standardistos speak, dead frogs fall out of their mouths.'

It leads off with a great gorilla story, if I do say so myself. Followers of this list with good memories will know I've told the story before. It is well worth repeating:
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=26

Cartoon
Baby Branding Nursery Clock
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=956

Assessments 2.0
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=955

Welcome to Charterland
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=954

Susan

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Education Insiders: Common Core's Testing Woes
William J. Mathis
NEPC
2013-09-17
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=580

From Bill Mathis' excellent review of backlash on Common Core, I somehow ended up baboon story in my book.

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Miami-Dade's GOP slaps down Common Core (takes stand against past chair, Jeb Bush)
Marc A. Caputo
Naked Truth: Miami Herald Blog
2013-09-17
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=579

I invite you to read the Republican resolution against the Common Core and see if you'd sign.

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Daniel Ruth
Tampa Bay Times
2012-08-20
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=578

Here we see what qualifies a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times to write about education policy.

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At Core, Better Schools
Phil Handy
Tampa Bay Times
2013-08-21
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=577

Phil Handy, who is loaded with political connections, insists that standards such as Common Core will automatically increase the achievement level of students.

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Channel One News Appoints Anne Schreiber as Vice President of Education; Newly-Created Position Part of Channel One News' Investment in Curriculum Development
Press Release
Globe Newswire
2013-09-16
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=576

Now Channel One is moving in on the profits to be made from the Common Core.

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Rick Hess:  Could the Common Core Be Bad for Schooling?
Rick Hess
Straight Up: Education Week blog
2013-09-15
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=575

Rick Hess expresses some concerns about the Common Core.

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How to Stop the Drop in American Education Your math teacher was right: Algebra matters. Common Core standards are vital too.
Rex Tillerson
Wall Street Journal
2013-09-06
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=573

This piece take the prize for the number of unattributed claims supporting need for the Common Core. I offer rebuttal of the NAEP claims.

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NEA Says Its Members 'Strongly Support' Common Core?
deutsch29
blog
2013-09-12
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=572

Here we go again with the CCSS support propaganda from an organization that has accepted millions from Bill Gates to promote the Common Core State Standards.

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Wisconsin Being Led Astray
Susan Ohanian
comment on Wisconsin State Journal
2013-09-11
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=571

Six awesome features missing from the Common Core

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REVIEW: 'Reign of Error,' Ravitch 3.0
P. L. Thomas

2013-09-17
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1130

Here's an excellent review of Diane Ravitch's new book.

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Encouraging Educator Courage
Peter Farruggio and Alfie Kohn

2013-09-17
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1129

Peter Farruggio offers an excellent intro to Alfie's latest commentary.

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To the editor
David Lentin
Portland Press Herald
2013-09-15
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1604

Maine school board member writes an excellent letter on the Common Core.

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To the editor
Stephen Krashen
The Tennessean
2013-09-17
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1603

If school time is so limited that students have to get their exercise pumping a bike at their desks, something is seriously wrong with school.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and APPR Ratings
bgfay750
blog
2013-09-16
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1694

I doubt you'll read an uglier story about teacher evaluation.

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Schools That Change Communities
Susan Ohanian

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http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=833

In a film about schools & communities working together, a profound comment is made in Watsonville, where 50% of the population do not have high school diplomas: 'Teachers discover they have a voice ... seeing themselves as people who can effect change in the system.'

And how many teachers do you know who have said
THAT lately?

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School Superintendents Sign Protest Against State Department of Education
 Andrea Zelinski
Nashville Scene
0000-00-00
http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=832

Almost half of the state's superintendents have signed a petition criticizing the Tennessee Department of Education for having 'no interest' in working with school district leaders.

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Electric Schlock: Did Stanley Milgram's Famous Obedience Experiments Prove Anything?
Peter C. Baker
Pacific Standard
2013-09-10
http://susanohanian.org/show_research.php?id=530

Stanley Milgram's test subjects were not the only ones misled by his famous experiments on obedience.

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Rich First-Grader Buys Whole Sheet Of Gold Stars
Staff
The Onion
2003-03-05
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_news.php?id=901

Short and cuts to the bone.

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Mexico City Erupts Over Neoliberal Education Bill
Michelle Chen
In These Times
2013-09-12
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_atrocities.php?id=4273

Teachers protest neoliberal ed reform in Mexico City.

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'Race to the Top’'for education a flop, report finds
Nirvi Shah
Politico
2013-09-12
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_atrocities.php?id=4272

The Obama administration's signature $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, designed to spur far-reaching education reforms across the country and raise student achievement, is largely a failure, an analysis by the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education concludes.

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Baby Branding Nursery Clock


2013-09-12
http://susanohanian.org/nclb_cartoon_fetch.php?id=0



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 Assessments 2.0


2013-09-10
http://susanohanian.org/nclb_cartoon_fetch.php?id=0


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