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How Bill Gates misinterprets ed facts

Richard Rothstein explains just how wrong Bill Gates is in his school reform prescriptions, which are based "on the misrepresentation of one fact, the misinterpretation of another and the demagogic presentation of a third." But his specific prescriptions, and the urgency he attaches to them, are based on the misrepresentation of one fact, the misinterpretation of another and the demagogic presentation of a third. It is remarkable that someone associated with technology and progress should have such a careless disregard for accuracy when it comes to the education policy in which he is now so deeply involved.c

By Valerie Strauss  | March 11, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  bill gates, naep, richard rothstein, student achievement, student progress, teacher development, teacher evaluation, the washington post, washington post op-ed  
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Philosophical proof: Why testing obsession is nutty

Here a longtime educator and philosophy major presents a philosophical argument that she says proves that today's relentless focus on standardized test scores is crazy.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 10, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  biodiversty, homeschooling, philosophical proofs, philosophy, school reform, standardized test scores, standardized testing  
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The Bill Gates problem in school reform

How our celebrity-obsessed culture affects school reform: If Bill Gates had no money, would anybody care what he has to say about how to fix public schools (especially since he lacks strong evidence to back his positions)?

By Valerie Strauss  | March 2, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  bill gates, gates foundation, gates interview, school reform, teacher evaluation teacher effectiveness  
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Obama's mistimed Miami school visit -- with Jeb Bush

What a tag team. At a time when Wisconsin teachers are protesting to keep their collective bargaining rights, President Obama is traveling to Florida to share a stage with the anti-union Jeb Bush, the former governor who led corporate-driven, standardized test-obsessed school reform and tried to reduce teachers union influence.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 2, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  arne duncan, president obama, president obama and teachers, rick scott, scott walker, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers  
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Why my fellow blogger Jay Mathews is wrong

Jay, Jay, Jay. You know I don’t like arguing with you because you know more than I do about a great many things. But in this case, not so much.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 22, 2011; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Congress, School turnarounds/reform, Vouchers  | Tags:  charter schools, class struggle, d.c. vouchers, detroit schools, jay mathews, joe lieberman, no child left behind, race to the top, school reform, susan collins, voucher program, vouchers  
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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 problem(s) with Obama’s 2012 education budget , Valerie Strauss , February 14, 2011
Ravitch: Public schools are not chain stores , Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2011
Ronald Reagan's impact on education today, Valerie Strauss , February 6, 2011
Why Oscar snubbed ‘Superman’ -- deservedly so, Valerie Strauss , January 25, 2011
Education 'Inception' and Michelle Rhee's wrong idea, Valerie Strauss , January 15, 2011
Joel Klein's snow job, Valerie Strauss , January 11, 2011
Has American education peaked?, Valerie Strauss , January 10, 2011
What really helped Florida's test scores, Valerie Strauss , January 7, 2011
Resolutions someone should make for 2011, Valerie Strauss , January 5, 2011
A response to Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , January 3, 2011
A hard look at education research , Valerie Strauss , December 28, 2010
How the banned student play was created, Valerie Strauss , December 26, 2010
A student play blasting N.Y. school reform is banned, Valerie Strauss , December 23, 2010
A sobering look at Florida school reform, Valerie Strauss , December 21, 2010
High remediation rates cast doubt on reforms, Valerie Strauss , December 20, 2010
What Rhee wrought , Valerie Strauss , December 15, 2010
'If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging', Valerie Strauss , December 11, 2010
Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools, Valerie Strauss , December 9, 2010
A primer on (and problems with) market-based reform, Valerie Strauss , December 8, 2010
Michelle Rhee, celebrity, goes national, Valerie Strauss , December 6, 2010
Sponsors tell story of Jeb Bush ed convention , Valerie Strauss , December 1, 2010
Ravitch answers Gates, Valerie Strauss , November 30, 2010
A new mess at Central Falls High in Rhode Island, Valerie Strauss , November 23, 2010
What Ravitch told KIPP and Teach for America , Valerie Strauss , November 17, 2010
Lisa Simpson and why reform isn't really reform, Valerie Strauss , November 15, 2010
A narcissistic approach to education reform , Valerie Strauss , November 12, 2010
De-legitimizing public education, Valerie Strauss , November 11, 2010
Bloomberg errs again with NYC public schools , Valerie Strauss , November 9, 2010
Antidote to an educator’s depression, Valerie Strauss , November 9, 2010
Waiting for sanity in education reform, Valerie Strauss , October 29, 2010
A funny, scary 'education' conversation, Valerie Strauss , October 26, 2010
Saving public education: the 'Dolly Solution', Valerie Strauss , October 24, 2010
Threats to school reform ... are within school reform, Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2010
Missing from reform debate: The power of caring, Valerie Strauss , October 19, 2010
How billionaire donors harm public education, Valerie Strauss , October 19, 2010
Why 'Superman' film should be 'Waiting for Batman', Valerie Strauss , October 18, 2010
Supt. Ackerman's critique of 'manifesto', Valerie Strauss , October 16, 2010
The limits of Moco schools' economic integration study, Valerie Strauss , October 15, 2010
Two superintendents who rejected the "manifesto" , Valerie Strauss , October 15, 2010
Radical idea: Public schools aren't an awful mess, Valerie Strauss , October 14, 2010
A different vision from a different superintendent , Valerie Strauss , October 13, 2010
Rhee’s big legacy: Being a whirlwind, Valerie Strauss , October 13, 2010
'Manifesto' should be resignation letter, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
Obama, the 'Superman' movie flack? , Valerie Strauss , October 11, 2010
Willingham: 'Manifesto' more like a job wish list, Valerie Strauss , October 11, 2010
P.S.: Stephen Colbert blew it on schools, too , Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
Using 'School Quality Reviews' to improve schools, Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
Jon Stewart and Lewis Black blew it on schools , Valerie Strauss , October 7, 2010
An education film that gets it (No, not 'Superman'), Valerie Strauss , October 7, 2010
Down the education rabbit hole, Valerie Strauss , October 6, 2010
Book blasts research base for Obama reform plan, Valerie Strauss , October 4, 2010
The strange media coverage of Obama's education policies, Valerie Strauss , September 30, 2010
How Zuckerberg should have spent $100 million, Valerie Strauss , September 29, 2010
Willingham: 'Superman' is entertainment, nothing more, Valerie Strauss , September 27, 2010
What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point, Valerie Strauss , September 27, 2010
Will Rhee be a footnote in school reform history?, Valerie Strauss , September 26, 2010
Season of the education film: Do they help or hurt?, Valerie Strauss , September 25, 2010
Meier: White knights and false villains in education, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2010
Ravitch: Why Fenty, Rhee really lost, Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2010
The danger of blaming schools for economic woes , Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2010
What Americans really think about public schools, Valerie Strauss , September 20, 2010
Schools would be great if it weren't for the kids , Valerie Strauss , September 17, 2010
Mass personalization: Is this good for education?, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
What Gray, Rhee should do now for D.C. schools, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
About that Time magazine education poll, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2010
A state ranking scandal: Not So Smart, ALEC, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2010
Obama picked wrong school to give speech, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
Ravitch: Welcome back to school "reform", Valerie Strauss , September 8, 2010
 
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