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Dunce Cap as Blinder  ☆

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Deconstruct this (Mr. President) 

Diane Ravitch, in Education Week:  "Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?" "Deconstruct this," she says. Granted, Ravitch is at least more interesting since her about-face. And pointing out the irony/hypocrisy of Presidential rhetoric in the face of policy is perhaps a good start. Likewise her grasp of the territory (and …

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You got your robot in our robot! 

Exam body sorry over BattleTech robot blunder - The Age You can't make this stuff up. Or you all too easily could. Here's an article on how a BattleTech Marauder inserts itself an exam question on Nikolai Kochergin's Storming the Winter Palace on the Russian Revolution. VCE History: Revolutions exam apology BattleTech Marauder, Russia. I …

Posted 25 months ago by

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When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids – The Washington Post 

Here's an interesting article, in the Washington Post, about an adminstrator who took his school system's own test: When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post. First, I'm way ahead of this, having written a while ago on that peculiar game show, Who's Smarter than a …

Posted 36 months ago by

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Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com 

Headline reads: "To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test" Ah, you've got to love educational research. The only thing better is educational research as presented by the media. Forget the data, you really get to see how we imagine. Aside from the dramatic elements, and funky metaphors like "cement," we see how easy …

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“The Flight of a Butterfly” or “The Flight of a Bullet”: The Impossible Dream of Transforming Teaching into a Science « Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice 

Here's a nice little summary of the history of behaviorist education, dreaming of being a "Flight of a Bullet." “The Flight of a Butterfly” or “The Flight of a Bullet”: The Impossible Dream of Transforming Teaching into a Science « Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice. Particularly interesting is the imagery. Here's my …

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Banning the D 

The New York Times is going to have to start a whole new section just for coverage of stories on all things Grade related. Perhaps if we consolidated them we could reach a critical mass of absurdity. Previously, you will recall, we had the Law School Shuffle. Now it's the High School Two Step:

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The Problem with Problems 

The problem with problems—math problems, word problems, the stock in trade of schoolwork—is not that they are not "real." As if that distinction were un-problematic. Isn't it that they are insufficiently playful? They are irrelevant, not because we can't relate to them, but because they are not fantastic. It is common enough to point out …

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Vampires After School  ☆

Despite Vampire movies having a classic connection to high school, the proper genre for school is no doubt the zombie movie. The great fear is of the great unwashed, not the stylized identity politics of adolescent lust. That excess we can work with. It is the unturnable relentlessness of nobody being home that is the …

Posted 54 months ago by

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Diane Ravitch 

I've recently discovered that the After Ed blog has a short video of Diane Ravitch discussing her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. (See below.) It's worth taking a look. Not because of the content, which is much better served by reading the book, but as an exercise in …


Reposted from After Ed TV. Written by After Ed Team.

Education historian, Diane Ravitch, gives an overview of her book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System."

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 

You would think the working appeal of the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader must lie along the same lines as the humor of its host, Jeff Foxworthy. Namely: the self-deprecating, red-neck, "we're sooo stupid... How stupid are you?..." brand of humor. One could point to the apparent brainlessness of any number …

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