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Good for Colbert, But Why Should Public Schools Rely on Charity?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As I reported earlier, Stephen Colbrrt generously funded the request of every teacher in South Carolina through an organization called Donors Choose. That was indeed laudable. But it is not so good when…

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Our Blog Poet: The Walrus and the Carpenter, with Apologies to Lewis Carroll

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our blog poet: “The Billionaire and the Reformer” (parody of The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll) The pol was pining for a charter, pining with all his might: He did his…

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A Young Student Athlete’s Depression, Hidden on Social Media

Originally posted on Longreads:
The day after Madison jumped, Jim walked to the top of the parking garage. He read the phrase, She had wings on. He spoke with Madison’s friends. He compiled clues. Then he stopped. He could spend…

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Teacher: We Must Do What is Right No Matter What They Tell Us

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher left this comment on the blog: G. K. Chesterton said, ““The Madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except…

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Reader Request Week 2015: Get Your Requests In!

Originally posted on Whatever:
Next week is just about the only week in the next couple of months where I am not traveling, or on a deadline — so that makes it a perfect time to do my annual Reader…

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Test Scorer: No High Scores Possible!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I have often written that the Pearson Common Core tests are written and scored to fail most students. Not only are the reading levels two grade levels above the students’ actual grade, but…

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[Fiction] Fooled

Originally posted on RED GLADIOLA:
Davis looked up from his crossword puzzle to the flickering security screen. One of the manufacturing droids on the assembly line had fallen to the floor again. The collapses had been happening with an increasing…

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