Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Ohanian Special


I'm sending the  piece about the disastrous Vermont RTTT grant again because now it has a link to a cleaner version.

Big news today comes form Chicago, with two schools boycotting the ISAT, a low-impact. Don't miss the great videos the Chicago Teachers Union is producing.

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Student-Teacher Relationship Advocated by the US Department of Education

Don't Let the Feds Destroy Child Wonder
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=888
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=889

Solidarity.

Susan

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donations help with Common Core push in TN
Joey Garrison
The Tennessean
2014-01-29
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=673

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made three donations in Tennessee near the end of 2013, totaling more than $1 million, to help the push the Common Core. Starting with that $90 million grant in 2009, Gates has  a lot riding on Tennessee continuing to toe the party line.

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Vermont Won a RTTT Early Childhood Grant & I'm As Mad As Hell
Susan Ohanian
blog
2014-02-23
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=672

Race to the Top Money comes at very high cost--to children and to democracy.

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Slicing and Dicing Curriculum Has Never Worked and Never Will
Marion Brady

2014-02-28
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1156

Marion Brady challenges ed reformers who support status quo, stale curriculum model.

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Your Kid Is Being Bullied ---But Not in the Way You Think
Susan Ohanian

2014-02-28
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1155

Jim Arnold makes a very good point  about who is bullying kids. New word: 'Accountabullies.' And he tells parents what they should do about it.

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Big Score When Mom takes the SATs
Elizabeth Kolbert

2014-02-25
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1154

This is an informative, highly entertaining essay.

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To the editor
Susan Ohanian
New York Times
2014-02-24
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1647

Kudos to Op Ed for warning about the preschool performance bandwagon.

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To the editor
Susan Ohanian
New York Times
2014-02-22
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1644

Concern with Olympic hype for winning, and what 1/2 second actually means.

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To the editor
Stephen Krashen
Los Angeles Times
2014-02-24
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1644

Powerful letter. People who care about public schools in Los Angeles should flood the paper with similar letters.

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 Gates Foundation opposes release of teachers’ VAM scores in Florida
Valerie Strauss
Washington Post Answer Sheet
2014-02-27
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1783

In ploy of cynical opportunism, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tries to have teacher 'value' every which way.

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 CPS threatens to discipline teachers who won’t give students ISAT
Becky Schlikerman
Chicago Sun-times
2014-02-28
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1782

Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has threatened to discipline any teacher who refuses to administer an annual state achievement test next week. There's a link to a short video on professional development in Chicago that you will not believe.

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Anatomy of a lesson on the Amplify Tablet
Shiloh Starners
Amplify
2014-02-26
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1781

Amplify commissions a teacher to say something good about the Amplify tablet.

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Need to Fund School Programs? Just Sell Your Kids’ Clothes
K J Dell'Antonia with Ohanian comment
New York Times
2014-02-26
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1780

Maybe it's an overreach to compare the moral of this piece with Melville, but so it goes. Don't worry, the piece is a light one. But I still the moral is a big one.

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Ugly News for Early Readers
Susan Ohanian
blog
2014-02-25
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1779

Big books go Common Core.

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A Primary Source for Ed Reporters
Susan Ohanian
blog
2014-02-25
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1778

Take a look at a primary source for ed reporters.
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"No Child Left Behind? Bring Back the Joy."
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