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The Answer Sheet Archive: Marion Brady

A salvage operation for public education

Bill Gates may mean well, but he’s not qualified to be America’s education czar. Curriculum expert Marion Brady says that the first step in the salvage operation needed to save free, universal public education in this country is to reject centralized, top-down corporate control.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 19, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Learning, Marion Brady, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  bill gates, how kids learn, how students learn, marion brady, public education, school reform, the learning process  
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The Bartleby Project

A veteran educator writes about the country's obsession with standardized testing and what might be done about it.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  education reform, president obama, school reform, standardized test industry, standardized tests, test industry, the bartleby project  
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Has American education peaked?

Educator Marion Brady argues that our current reform road will do nothing to fix our school system, and he offers a way to imagine real alternatives.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 10, 2011; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  21st century skills, arne duncan, marion brady, obama school reform, president obama and school reform, school curriculum, school reform  
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Standardized snake oil -- Brady

Educator Marion Brady writes: "Consider as failing every school – public, charter, private, whatever – that assumes that corporately produced, standardized tests say something important about something important."

By Valerie Strauss  | December 15, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  marion brady, standardized tests  
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De-legitimizing public education

The quality of American education is going to get worse. Count on it. And contrary to the conventional wisdom, the main reason isn’t going to be the loss of funding accompanying economic hard times. Educator Marion Brady explains why.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 11, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  bill gates, marion brady, public education, school reform  
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Are we still capable of educating for 'us-ness?'

Educator Marion Brady writes: Maintaining a viable democracy requires an educated citizenry willing, able, even eager, to talk about matters like these, matters having to do with who we are as a people, why we do the things we do, and where we’re headed. Those conversations require at least some understanding of the past, national character, economics, politics, government, science, religion, and so on-intellectual tools that allow us to trace the trends of our era, the curves of history, the causes and consequences of change. Those were the kinds of conversations thoughtful educators used to try to encourage ... Now, not so much."

By Valerie Strauss  | October 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Civics Education, Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, National Standards  | Tags:  common standards, gettysburg address, joel klein, marion brady, michelle rhee, ronald reagan, school reform  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Are charter schools really innovative?, Valerie Strauss , September 22, 2010
Dogs: An unusual guide to school reform, Valerie Strauss , August 12, 2010
Are ed reformers ignoring American values?, Valerie Strauss , April 30, 2010
Falling into a ditch, Valerie Strauss , February 26, 2010
Brady: The education reform train is off track , Valerie Strauss , December 23, 2009
Brady on Education Reform: Ignoring the Obvious , Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2009
 
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