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Must-reads for February 17, 2012

Must-reads for February 17, 2012

Diane Ravitch writes a great discussion about the schools our kids need, using Finland as a template.  First in a series. Here’s a short but thought-provoking piece about cultural competency that offers some great food for thought about the mindset of kids. Is...
Must-reads for February 16, 2012

Must-reads for February 16, 2012

A great guest commentary in yesterday’s Denver Post about the importance of opting out kids from the CSAP/TCAP. This is an important piece about Colorado’s college remediation rates and how well (or not) DPS is preparing kids for college.  Hint: it’s...
Must-reads for February 15, 2012

Must-reads for February 15, 2012

Are the new No Child Left Behind waivers exacerbating the worst of its problems?  Stan Karp at the Rethinking Schools blog thinks so.  I agree. Is dumbing down an exam ever a good idea?  Here’s what the New York Times has to say about what’s happening to...
Must-reads for February 14, 2012

Must-reads for February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I love you all! I usually bristle when hearing teachers complain about kids’ behavior, but I do know that my constituents in SW Denver do feel that parent choices have an impact on student performance.  Here is some very interesting...
Must reads for February 13, 2012

Must reads for February 13, 2012

At the risk of sounding cheeky, it’s poverty, stupid.  The New York Times reports on new analysis of the widening education gap between rich and poor.  Sometimes the best school reform is a jobs program for parents. This video is a BIG DEAL.  Dr. Michio Kaku is...
Must-reads for February 10, 2012

Must-reads for February 10, 2012

Colorado has received a waiver from No Child Left Behind, and the most significant change is that the state will use its own performance framework to judge schools, and not adding NCLB’s Adequate Yearly Progress as well.  My take?  There will be no appreciable...