Thanks to Lori Jablonski and Tom Hoffman (I’ve embedded Lori’s tweets below), I learned about a report from the Carnegie Corporation that includes charts created by big-time consultants McKinsey & Company. First, the chart: So, based on my quick reading of the Carnegie report, titled Opportunity by Design: New High School Models for Student Success, unless we create small schools and do blended learning, the drop-out rate will double over the next few years. I’m no fan of the Common Core, though I have also recognized its inevitability in most states, including here in California (see A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core). But I am surprised that this chart has not received wider circulation to inform the debate. Here are Lori’s tweets: Tom Hoffman finds this by McKinsey Company predicting plummeting grad rates with C.Core implementation + http://t.co/rlNXUiZegx — Lori Jablonski (@Lori_Jablonski) August 1, 2014 Common Core "architect" David Coleman used to consult for McKinsey…however, more interesting is where Hoffman apparently found this graph+ — Lori Jablonski (@Lori_Jablonski) August 1, 2014 McKinsey graph is key exhibit in remarkable paper by Carnegie Foundation that claims moral imperative of CCore — despite looming disaster + — Lori Jablonski (@Lori_Jablonski) August 1, 2014 …disaster that can be headed off only by complete ed redesign: small, selective schools; more public-private stuff; on-line learning…+ — Lori Jablonski (@Lori_Jablonski) August 1,...Read More
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John Thompson has written a great critique of the recent McKinsey Report that has gotten so much attention — “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools.” Here’s a sample of John’s post: “The report resembles an Onion parody, displaying nuggets of information with the full glory of digital graphics while being literally absurd.” I wish he would stop beating around the bush and say what he really thinks 🙂 Share...Read More
McKinsey & Company, who doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to education-related studies, just came out with a new study examining PISA results from around the world. It’s titled How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics. They suggest that student motivation and having a growth mindset are the most important factors related to student success: They even make this claim, which I think is somewhat questionable (see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement): Our conclusion: after controlling for all other factors, student mindsets are twice as predictive of students’ PISA scores than even their home environment and demographics (Exhibit 1). This finding, and its magnitude, is consistent across all five regions, which amplifies its importance. Nevertheless, even if they are over-stating their case, this research provides more evidence to those of us who support helping students develop intrinsic motivation (see Best Posts On “Motivating” Students) and a growth mindset (see The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset” ). Share...Read More
Here is this week’s collection of important articles and posts on educational policy issues: I’ve got to start off with this extraordinary video of Dana Goldstein discussing “As if teachers’ jobs aren’t hard enough, they’re asked to fix poverty, too”: I’m adding that video to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality. Career Advancement in the Classroom is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership.” Will Common Core double the high school dropout rate? is from The Washington Post. In it, Valerie Strauss picks-up and elaborates on my previous post, McKinsey & Company Projects That Common Core Implementation Will Result In 15% Increase In Dropout Rate. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards. Common Core’s five big half-truths is by Frederick Hess. I’m adding it to the same list. Supt. Deasy’s early and avid support of iPads under intense scrutiny is one of many recent articles discussing revelations about the iPad scandal at the Los Angeles schools. L.A. Unified exemplifies the forces that stifle public school reform is another LA Times piece about what’s going on there. And here’s another one where Deasy comes across incredibly defensive. As one person remarked to me, “Deasy may survive, but he’ll never recover.” This Ed Week...Read More
I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here). Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference): All My Ed Week Posts On Assessment — In One Place! “A shocking statistic about the quality of education research” Excellent Redesign For Site Highlighting UK Museum Interactives Two Good Videos On How We Learn & How I Plan To Use Them In Class How NOT To Make Public Policy Change Happen Reminder: All Student Hand-Outs From My Student Motivation Book Available Free To Download “The History Project” Is A Great Resource For Teachers Everywhere “Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances” “The Problem With Goal-Setting” “Rootbook” May Be The Easiest Tool For Creating Online Choose Your Own Adventure Stories “The High Price Of The American Dream” Is A Free eBook & Great Writing Model For English Language Learners “Google Classroom” Now Open To Any Teacher With “Google Apps For Ed” Account Manuscript For My Third Book On Student Motivation Is Done! Important Study:...Read More
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