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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:31 AM

NY Times Actually Published an OPED *Critical* of ED Reform Yesterday

Took me 24 hrs to wait for my palpitations to settle. Author is a former Times reporter who wrote a book. So i guess that it was his "in". I don't think I've ever seen an opinion piece on that page on that topic that wasn't penned by someone who stood to gain via $$$ connections to Gates or Bloomberg or Murdoch or Koch ,etc. .

So... keep the digitalis at the ready. Free ( i.e. unbought) speech lives at the NYT. Sort of.

When 'Grading' is Degrading.
By Michael Brick



>>For the past three decades, one administration after another has sought to fix America’s troubled schools by making them compete with one another. Mr. Obama has put up billions of dollars for his Race to the Top program, a federal sweepstakes where state educational systems are judged head-to-head largely on the basis of test scores. Even here in Texas, nobody’s model for educational excellence, the state has long used complex algorithms to assign grades of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable to its schools.

So far, such competition has achieved little more than re-segregation, long charter school waiting lists and the same anemic international rankings in science, math and literacy we’ve had for years.

And yet now, policy makers in both parties propose ratcheting it up further — this time, by “grading” teachers as well.

It’s a mistake. In the year I spent reporting on John H. Reagan High School in Austin, I came to understand the dangers of judging teachers primarily on standardized test scores. Raw numbers don’t begin to capture what happens in the classroom. And when we reward and punish teachers based on such artificial measures, there is too often an unintended consequence for our kids.>>>

Ze rest: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/23/opinion/grading-schools-isnt-the-answer-its-the-problem.html

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Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 OP
Starry Messenger Nov 2012 #1
Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 #3
savebigbird Nov 2012 #2
sulphurdunn Nov 2012 #4
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #7
sulphurdunn Nov 2012 #8
Teamster Jeff Nov 2012 #5
eppur_se_muova Nov 2012 #6

Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:45 AM

1. How'd that sneak through?

There will be floggings in the NYTimes offices next week.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:25 AM

3. It's a bit of a puzzle. I guess he (i.e. Brick) is buds w. someone up the ladder.

It's kinda weird, though. Virtually the only sympathetic coverage we've gotten over the last few years from the paper has been from one of the "Three Michaels": Winerip, Powell, and -now - Brick.

'Course, til now, none was let near the OPED page but their reportorial stuff was at least "fair".

Alas, Winerip and Brick are gone and I'm pretty sure Powell is also.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:03 AM

2. WHOO HOO!

K&R!

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:01 PM

4. The tide is beginning to turn.

The problem is becoming more the troglodyte Republican legislatures of states than the Fed, not that the Fed has had any kind of come to Jesus moment. Slowly, but inevitably, the data is emerging, and it fails to support the claims of the education reform movement. It is beginning to shine light on the vicious inequalities of poverty that are manifest in achievement levels in public schools, something public school teachers have always know, that billionaire reformers and their lackeys have been desperate to suppress.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:13 AM

7. hardly. One of the most troglogyte states in the union just voted a stunning

 

defeat to education deform on three different issues.

The problem is the highly educated, highly placed representatives of high-tech & finance capital *on both sides of the aisle*. That's the major force pushing education deform.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:06 PM

8. You're right.

In many ways the Dems are worse. They can get all bi-partisan with the Trogs about war and education reform. Let's hope they don't get too cozy about deficit reduction.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:09 PM

5. President Obama needs to shitcan Arne Duncan

and start to back off this failed "Race to the Top" corporate BS

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:56 PM

6. Competition is overrated.

I know the Free Marketeers believe competition only leads to ever-increasing good, but competition is meaningless if there aren't losers as well as winners, and the losers are not helped by the process. But Free Marketeers only count the winners; the losers are supposed to disappear to ... someplace.

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