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A REAL Paradigm Shift in Education

I envy Thomas Paine’s way with language. I’ve been searching for years for words that would have the impact of those he penned in his 1776 pamphlet, “The Crisis.” Admittedly, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” and the words that followed, weren’t a howling success. Only about a third of the colonists agreed with Paine’s call for […]

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Warring learning theories. Choose yours.

The rich philanthropists, hedge fund managers, state governors, big-city mayors, and syndicated columnists now shaping national education policy have reached a firm conclusion. The Number One factor in student performance is teacher performance. Poverty, broken homes, lead and mercury poisoning, bad teeth, poor eyesight, language difficulties, hunger, low self-esteem, run-down schools, frequent moving, cultural differences, […]

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The Service of Democratic Education

The following address was given by renowned Stanford professor, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, at the commencement ceremony for Columbia University’s Teachers College when she received the college’s Distinguished Service Award on May 18, 2011. I could not be more honored than to be awarded this recognition from Teachers College, one of the places of all those […]

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10 Reasons Merit Pay Sucks

I am not a lazy teacher.  I do not have low expectations.  My students aren’t failing the standardized tests.  However, I don’t want my value as a teacher to be determined by a merit pay system. Here’s why: Ambiguity: It’s too hard to measure “quality teaching” in a quantifiable measuring system.  Sure, we can create […]

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How to Support Teachers

Below is an infographic illustrating what teachers feel is most important toward improving instruction. (Click on the image for a closer look.) Its data is telling to be sure. At a minimum it can serve to illustrate the gap between merit pay proponents and educators themselves. Perhaps we should look at this graph and wonder: […]

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