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Flip the (Teacher Tenure) Question

Frank Bruni’s recent piece, “The Trouble with Tenure,” is yet another example of an uninformed and un-nuanced op-ed on education reform in the New York Times. This one even has the audacity of claiming to add a positive note to the ongoing discourse. Unfortunately, it only further muddles the debate rather than shed enlightenment. After […]

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Emerging Trend: Educating for Humanity

In a faculty meeting this week, a colleague shared the following Holocaust survivor letter with us. Dear Teacher, I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness: Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot and […]

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The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries

The following excerpt is from a NYTimes op-ed by Dave Eggers and Nineve Clements Calegari on May 1, 2011: WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in […]

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Master of Myth: What Arne Duncan Says and Does

Master of Myth: What Arne Duncan Says and Does The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. —John F. Kennedy U.S. Secretary of Education has been called the most powerful education secretary in history. With billions of dollars […]

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Head Start’s Head Stats

A recent New York Times op-ed on Head Start misrepresents an incredibly valuable program with language that perpetuates misconceptions about the developmental appropriateness of language and reading benchmarks, among other things. The rebuttal to read is by J.M. Holland, a pre-K teacher who address each of the authors’ points with succinct effectiveness.

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