Education Reform

Gates Foundation Gives Up. Who Cleans Up The Mess?

Bill GatesBill GatesAn editorial in the Los Angeles Times quotes (here) from a Gates Foundation letter that admits failure in their education reform efforts. The Times editorial in effect says the billionaires "shouldn't be setting America's public school agenda" because they're making a hash of it. But Bob Peterson points out (here) that they shouldn't get to just walk away either after wreaking so much havoc. This is an interesting moment of reconning for the education reform movement.

What's Really At Stake In Chicago Teachers Strike

Elaine WeissElaine WeissA Column on the Huffington Post today by Elaine Weiss breakes through the uniform media stupidity and unified opposition from the nation's political class to clarify what the Chicago teachers strike is really about. She points out that by going on strike, Chicago teachers are "taking one for the kids." The issues are ones of serious disagreement over the vision of education reform. The teachers and overwhleming majorities of parents and the broad public take a "broader, bolder approach."

What's the Alternative to Test Driven Teacher Evaluation?

Stan KarpStan KarpIn fact, we have successful models for what great, collaborative teacher evaluation looks like, but the feds and the philanthropists have asiduously avoided looking at them. Rethinking Schools journalist, Stan Karp just published an insightful piece about a long-standing model in Montgomery County Maryland, and what makes it very different from the approach now in fashion and being pushed by the corporate reformers.

Marc Tucker Clears The Air With an Insightful Piece On Teacher Unions

Marc TuckerMarc TuckerMarc Tucker's overview of what's wrong with the current fashion of all-out war on teacher unions in the just released Winter 2012 issue of Education Next is worth circulating. While he paints with a bit of a broad brush characterizing what unions have fought for, assuming that there are no union locals focused on the quality of teaching and learning or locals taking a collaborative road at present, his reasoning for why politicians and district administrators have to refrain from attacking unions if they want teachers on-board with education reform is spot on. His warning to US policy makers that they have to learn from those heavily unionized nations who are now out-performing us is just common sense.

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