Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday With Susan O

Our usual Saturday with Susan has morphed into Sunday.
The good news from New York State opt outs blanketed the Internet and I didn't try to keep up with it--other than to sit here grinning.
Kudos. Kudos. The next mass movement must be to refuse to administer the test.

You will find some ugly revelations from the test:
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=813
For three good cartoons, go to:
http://susanohanian.org/cartoons.php
Just scroll down the page.

And then there's No Word Left Uncovered
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=1090
Needed: One More Stupid Analogy:
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=1089
What If?
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=1088
I'm taking tomorrow off from ed outrage and making lunch for 70. We're serving: apple/walnut salad, vegetable soup, corn bread, and pumpkin bundt cake with ice cream. I figure that the ice cream will make up for the fact that I never frost anything. Two of us are going in early--just to be sure everything gets done in time.

Susan

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NY State Common Core ELA Exam Spring 2015--An Inside View
compiled by bdub42
the 999ers
2015-04-16
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=813
Read this!

Then do something. I suggest an easy thing you can do.

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Surge of the opt-out movement against English Language Arts exam is act of mass civil disobedience
Juan Gonzalez
New York Daily News
2015-04-17
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=812
Gonzalez makes important points that other reporters ignore.

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Here's Why Opting Out Doesn't Solve the Real Problem
George Schmidt
letter
2015-04-16
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=811
Study of 'Romeo and Juliet' cancelled because students have to spend the rest of their month on test prep and testing,

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To the editor
multiple authors
New York times
2015-04-19
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1767
Note: All of the letters are by public school teachers, surely a unique occurrence in the New York Times.

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To the editor
Pete Farruggio
New York Daily News
2015-04-15
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1766
A letter clarifies the testing issue. An alternative to training for obedience is to teach kids to question authority and fight corruption.

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To the editor
Joseph Mugivan, retired teacher
New York Times
2015-04-15
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1765
Joseph Mugivan makes an important point about the strong lesson students will take from this historic opting out.

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BBB IS OUT! Barbara Byrd Bennett goes on 'leave' after desperate try to fend off corruption charges or get public legal support... Jesse Ruiz to head CPS during interim
George Schmidt
Substance News & chicago Tribune
2015-04-17
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1962
Barbara Byrd-Bennett looks to be in serious trouble.

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The Must-Attend Event for Education Technology Investors
Natasha Singer with Ohanian Comment
New York Times
2015-04-09
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1961
What's in a name? Nobody cares. Money's the thing.

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L.A. Schools to Drop Pearson Products Under Ambitious Technology Plan
Caroline Porter
Wall Street Journal
2015-04-16
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1959
Los Angeles asks Pearson for meeting to discuss refund for some products that were deemed unusable. In essence, it's a complaint about the color of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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The fabulous Freeman Grant of 2001
Robert J. Renik
Burlington Free Press
0000-00-00
http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=881
Always nice to have good news about libraries.

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 What's J.K. Rowling Doing to Help Vulnerable Kids Avoid Institutional Care?
 Kiersten Marek
Inside Philanthropy
2015-04-16
http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=880
It's good to know that an author who has gained enormous wealth from her books for children is doing such significant work for children.

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The Mismeasure of Education: A Review
Mark Garrison
Education Review
0000-00-00
http://susanohanian.org/show_research.php?id=575
A fine review for a fine book. You should read both.

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