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How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wages war on public schools

How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wages war on public schools

Want to know how to wage war against public schools? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing campaign provides us some pointers… 1. Decide on a catchy title for your campaign. How about Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity? Nice title! Pat yourself on the back! Wait a minute… Does this mean that the U.S. Chamber wants...

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Diane Ravitch and learning technologies: Here we go again

Diane Ravitch and learning technologies: Here we go again

I have previously expressed my concerns regarding Diane Ravitch’s denigration of the power of digital technologies for learning and teaching. Her blog gives her a very visible online platform and I think that she should be a little more careful with her wording and claims, particularly given her self-professed lack of computer fluency. Although she’s been...

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PISA, American schools, and poverty

Jonathan Lovell says: in a somewhat more nuanced study in January of this year entitled “What do international tests really show about U.S. student performance?” economists Martin Carnoy and Richard Rothstein come to a similar conclusion: “The share of disadvantaged students in the U.S. sample was the largest of any of the [post-industrial] countries we...

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The U.S. has more memorizers

The U.S. has more memorizers

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...