“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy ... in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music ...”

John Adams–
School teacher and President of the United States

The cost of KIPP

— Now may be the opportune time to reflect on the darling charter school network of the reform movement. As KIPP leads the charge to the tipping point that will signal victory to the billionaire bullies on a quest to privatize our public schools, should't we ask hard questions about KIPP? Are we sacrificing the quality of life of poor minority children in order to promote an education regime we wouldn't want for our own children? Are we pouring millions of dollars into a school network that cheats children out of childhood? If KIPP is the model to which all schools should aspire, will millions more be invested into all other public schools? What is the moral and financial cost of KIPP?  (...more)

NPE asks Congress to hold formal hearings on K-12 testing

— "In a closing keynote address to some 500 attendees, education historian and NYU professor Diane Ravitch, an NPE founder and Board President, accused current education policies mandated by the federal government, such as President Barack Obama's Race to the Top, of making high-stakes standardized testing 'the purpose of education, rather than a measure of education.'"  (...more)

TEACHERS for America - Photos

— One day all teachers will be afforded the respect and appreciation they merit for the knowledge, skills, compassion, and experience they demonstrate in educating our children. Until that time, the least we can do is to employ them as professionals and respect the scholarship of their profession.  (...more)

If Bill Gates did this one thing, student test scores would soar

— In the spring of 1979, New York City's public schools ranked in the 39th percentile on standardized California Achievement Test scores given nationwide. That means that 61 percent of the nation's public schools scored higher. They had been in the lower half of the country for years. However, for a few years in the 1980s, these same 803 schools ranked in the upper half of the nation's schools. They went from 11 percent below the national average to 5 percent above it. What happened?  (...more)

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