Here’s the latest batch of good school reform-related posts and articles:
How to Mold Public Opinion Against Public Schools is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week. I’m mainly including it here because of a paragraph he writes about the PISA Test:
The results of the Program for International Student Assessment showed that our students actually placed No. 1 when they were compared with students at schools abroad having similar poverty rates. To wit: schools in the U.S. with less than a 10 percent poverty rate posted a score of 551. Finland, which is widely acknowledged to have the world’s best schools, came in No. 2 at 536. Even when the poverty rate was as high as 24.9 percent, the U.S. held its top-rated position with a score of 527.
And, speaking of PISA, if you ever wanted to to know what it is, here’s an engaging video describing it:
I’m adding both of these resources to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.
Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era! is from School Finance 101. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.
Our Experience Proves Tenure Is Not Obsolete is from Gotham Schools. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.
Here’s a great piece by Norm Scott on tenure that appeared, in all places, the Costco Newsletter.
Texas school superintendent John Kuhn gave this speech at the Save Our Schools March. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Save Our Schools March.
Anderson Cooper from CNN has a great piece on a Matt Damon interview at the S.O.S. March. I wish he hadn’t included the very last piece (a parody music video clip which is very funny but not appropriate but, I guess, since they aired it on CNN, I guess I can post it on my blog):
Tilson vs. Rubinstein Round I is a very interesting post by Gary Rubinstein sharing a dialogue he had with a prominent school reformer.
I am beginning to think that the summer allowed teachers (and Matt Damon) to push back all the corporate reform talk of the past several years.
The problem is, we “greedy, money-grabbing” teachers have to go back to work, while the corporate ed-reformers don’t have to work anymore, so they will have time to mount a comeback.
I’m afraid you might be right.