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WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
'Waiting For Evidence' Before Granting Charter Waivers
Social studies educator, Hofstra University, my opinions, of c...
“Waiting for Superman” (2010) was a propaganda movie promoting charter schools. I call this blog “Waiting for Evidence,” because
18 Books to Inform, Deepen and Transform Your Understanding of Education in America
Publisher, Welcome Books
Recommendations from the Best K-12 Teachers in the Country Their original list contained over 55 books. Last week, I sent
Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental Col...
You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.
Rebranding Common Core
Retired teacher and historian
The reform public relations spin machine has struggled recently as more families reject top-down micromanaging of their children's schools. Common Core standards were originally sold as a corrective to the rote instruction encouraged by NCLB. Now Common Core is promising "tests worth teaching to."
Davis Guggenheim Gets Schooled
Waiting for Superman
director discusses what it takes to be an effective teacher today and his hopes for his children. "It would be the happiest day of my life," says Guggenheim, "if my son or daughter came to me and said, 'Dad, I want to be a teacher.'"
Tune In to
: A Conversation With Davis Guggenheim
TV Writer; Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone; Co-Author, 'Eve...
Here's my brutally harsh interrogation of my better writing half whose work includes the Oscar-winning
An Inconvenient Truth,
Waiting For Superman
It Might Get Loud.
The Failure to Educate
Aside from the results themselves, what is most distressing is that the United States has been preoccupied with the decline in its education standards and performance for well over a half century.
6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full Of Sh*t
Time to Stop Waiting for Superman
Democratic strategist and writer
There was no DC miracle. Browbeating students and teachers into raising scores on state tests only makes them better at taking state tests, and reforming our schools in hopes of replicating an illusion is a petty crime against humanity.
Cheering for a Mate in Two: A Review of
Hilary Levey Friedman
Writer and Sociologist
You might not know how to play chess. Or you might think chess is boring. But that shouldn't stop you from seeing a documentary about some special middle school kids who are pretty good competitive chess players and anything but boring.
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Education Profiteering; Wall Street's Next Big Thing?
Founder of the Economic Policy Institute and author of The Ser...
The end of the Chicago teachers' strike was but a temporary regional truce in the civil war that plagues the nation's public schools. There is no end in sight, in part because -- as often happens in wartime -- the conflict is increasingly being driven by profiteers.
Won't Back Down
Author, film critic, filmmaker
It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's
Waiting for 'Superman
and Madeleine Sackler's much better
look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).
Our Accidental Creation of a Charter School
Joe and Carol Reich
Authors: Getting to Bartlett Street
With the 2013 mayoral election in New York likely to produce a Democratic mayor supported by the teachers' union, education reform seems likely to join other major political disagreements in current U.S. politics, where the extremists dominate the debate and moderates have no forum.
New And Notable At NewSchools 2012
Freelance Education Writer And Consultant
*CONVINCING A SKEPTICAL PUBLIC: Wearing polka-dotted reading glasses and with a thick stack of notecards, NSVF president
Teacher Job Satisfaction Plummets (Perhaps Teacher-Bashing Isn't Productive)
Director, National Education Policy Center; Professor, Univers...
None of us would want to have our job performance judged on an outcome that we don't really control. But that's where teachers now find themselves.
Michelle Rhee's Backers Include Obama Bundler Billionaire, Big Romney Backer
Tepper, who heads Appaloosa Management, has a long history of political donations. According to FEC records, Tepper has given
Baad, Baad Teecherz
Working on memoir, "5 Shows a Day - Dispatches from the War on...
Sad that Nicholas Kristof is joining a pool of writers who are creating a new American stereotype: the bad teacher.
Education Reform: Where's the Debate?
Father, Activist, Digital Strategist
Schools do not operate in a vacuum. Poverty has devastating effects on a child's social and emotional development. For our poorest students, just getting to school can be a challenge.
Stop Searching for Super
Howard Steven Friedman
Statistician and health economist for the United Nations; Teac...
My thoughts on Superfoods, Superman, and Super Committees are pretty much the same. It's nice to pretend that there are simple solutions to complicated problems but I live in the real world.
An Easy Way to Help Our Teachers and Our Kids x 2
Film director and producer
For a lot of us, the crisis in our nation's schools feels overwhelming and the problems too big for any one person to make a difference. But the other night it didn't feel that way. Here's why.
CULTURE & ARTS
With Fierce Dedication To Their Art
San Francisco-based arts critic
San Francisco's Jonathan Dearman While ballet documentaries like First Position open a window into the discipline and devotion
Who Can Wait?
Education Maven, Expert and Entrepreneur
Too many state leaders are still failing to do what they can to put laws to work in the best interest of kids. They boast of "sound processes," "collaboration," and various interpretations of law. They avoid the "fierce urgency of now" when making decisions.
Education Nation Kicks Off With Questionable Sponsor, New Teacher Survey
"This notion that somehow we're skewed too close to the reformers, I just don't buy it and completely disagree," Capus responded
A Year Later and We Are Still
Waiting for Superman
Editor of The Edvocate & The Tech Edvocate
Almost a year after the film's premiere, the American educational system is still not living up to its potential. Sure, education reform was the phrase on the tip of everyone's tongue, but most of the fervor and commitment to educational change has all but subsided.
Save Our Schools Rally Kicks Off In D.C., Teachers Invited To Meet With Arne Duncan
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, told HuffPost this month thathe supports an open discussion. The events will culminate
A Public School Teacher's Thoughts on Graduation
Teacher in a Bronx public high school.
As nice as it feels to get something right the first time, there's no lesson in it. The accomplishments you'll be most proud of in life will be hard-fought, full of setbacks, errors, and -- yes -- failure.
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