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Why I won't be removing my children from their 'failing' school.

When I was training for ordination one of the ‘hot potatoes’ that soon to be vicarage families often discussed was how far they were prepared to sacrifice their children for the sake of their ministry. 841 more words


When Offered the "Choice," Who Enrolls in a "Failing School"?

On June 27, 2015, I posted a piece entitled, 37 Percent of New Orleans Students Attended Excelling Schools in 2014, in which I take the news byte of the dramatic, “67-to-7-percent” drop in “failing schools” in New Orleans and flip it to produce three more modest news bytes regarding the number of students in “excelling schools.” My goal was to confront the potential assumption that “not a failing school” and “excelling school” are one and the same– and to communicate as much in the corporate-reform-preferred delivery of a marketing-friendly news byte. 1,082 more words

High-stakes Testing


“Character is what you know you are,

not what others think you have.”

She knew what to do.

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.” 923 more words


"Reaching their Full Potential" - The Schooling Deception

John Dewey on the purpose of Education: ”

“(…) to prepare him for the future life means to give him command of himself; it means so to train him that he will have the full and ready use of all his capacities” (My pedagogic creed, Dewey, 1897).” 758 more words


The Already Lost Generation

We talk about banks that are too big to fail, and car companies, and such. We say that schools are failing, but really we think that schools are too big to fail – that if we take reform seriously and rebuild schools from the ground up – we’ll “lose a generation.” But we’ve already lost them. 223 more words


Missouri House Passes Plan to Fix Student Transfer Law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A plan aimed at fixing issues with Missouri’s flawed student transfer law won final House passage Tuesday, narrowly scraping enough votes to send the bill to the Senate. 535 more words


Bill Aimed at Improving Underperforming Schools in Nevada Passes through Assembly

By David Thompson, @DJakaDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. – There are 78 public schools in Nevada on the Department of Education’s “watch list” for poor performance. 322 more words