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Tuttle SVC: Some Post-Reform Education Theses
"The last 15 years have destroyed the intellectual foundation of American education
My favorite example is the argument in favor of teaching science and history for the purpose of improving "literacy." We don't have any working definitions of the core academic disciplines. Or a working definition of a "discipline" or its role in education. The basic definition of education has been hijacked as "college and career readiness," etc., etc. After Vietnam, the US military went back to Clausewitz to try to figure its role out again from first principles. We need to start over with Dewey.

Half-assed technocrats don't cut it.
Educational administrators are always going to tend toward technocracy, but right now we have a generation of terrible, uninterested, uneducated, ideological technocrats. It is the worst case scenario.

The international educational status quo is a decent starting point.
Every system has its strengths and weaknesses, but we don't have to act like we're solving a novel problem, as we have been, even as people go on and on about "international benchmarking."

Be realistic about where we are actually putting in real effort today.
For example, the current conversation about the difficulty of building social capital in low-income neighborhoods. This isn't something we're trying to do and failing. We are barely trying at all. We're not even adequately funding the existing public institutions (libraries, community centers, parks and rec., etc.) in low-income neighborhoods. Why don't we try that first before starting the handwringing?

Fund schools from general funds, not grants, especially private ones.
Some districts will waste their money. Get over it.

The ed-tech market does not work.
Actually the whole educational publishing market doesn't work either.

Enough with the standardized tests.
Professional teachers can evaluate their students. It is their job. They do it all over the world.

AP is a product, not a proxy for quality.
Increased AP enrollment just means the school is moving more product.

It is easy to mislead people about what "we" believed and did just a few years ago.
The memory hole is voracious.

Education can't be the most important problem in the world -- that we can only attempt to fix without spending more money.
Well, it is ok to give money to consultants, charter administration, and real estate scams."
education  policy  us  edreform  schools  teaching  learning  ap  testing  standardizedtesting  johndewey  assessment  funding  money  memory  socialcapital  poverty  ideology  2015  tomhoffman 
june 2015 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: STEM It Up, Kids!
"John Skylar [http://www.johnskylar.com/post/107416685924/a-career-in-science-will-cost-you-your-firstborn ]:
"I hate science." In six years of graduate school, this has to be the phrase I’ve heard most frequently from my colleagues.

People who have dedicated their lives to science.

People who made a decision when they were about 16 years old to focus on science, who went through four years of undergrad and an average 6 years of graduate school, and 4-10 more years of training.

People who’ve spent every moment since 2000 entirely dedicated to making new facts using the scientific process.

"I hate science." Why this instead of, "I love science?"

Frankly, everything about the career, the business of science, is constructed to impoverish and disenfranchise young scientists, delaying the maturation of their careers beyond practicality.

You'd think it would be a bit easier to find science teachers among all the people bailing out of academic science careers."
science  stem  2015  johnskylar  education  research  tomhoffman  academia  careers  graduateschool  purpose  disenfranchisement  practicality  abuse 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Individualized Parental Homework
"Following up my previous post [http://www.tuttlesvc.org/2014/11/a-7-year-old-intentionally-obtuse-math.html ], it should be possible, using the miracle of technology, to simply give parents the kind of math homework they desire for their early elementary students (with the default being "none"). Want 100 math facts every night? OK! Want a fun math puzzle of the week to discuss over dinner? We got ya' covered!

Just keep the parents happy. It has no effect on achievement anyhow. It is academic theatre."
tomhoffman  2014  homework  education  parenting  parents  teaching  howweteach  math  mathematics  schools  communication 
november 2014 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Supply of Good Jobs Does Not Automatically Expand to Match the Number of Educated Citizens
"Matt Bruenig nails it:
Education boosters bizarrely think that providing everyone a high-quality education will somehow magically result in them all having good-paying jobs. But, as Finland shows, this turns out not to be true. Apparently, it’s not possible for everyone to simultaneously hold jobs as well-paid upper-class professionals because at least some people have to actually do real work. A modern economy requires a whole army of lesser-skilled jobs that just don’t pay that well and the necessity of those jobs doesn’t go away simply because people are well-educated.

The reason Finland’s ultimate distribution of income is so equal is not because its great education system has made everyone receive high paychecks (an impossible task), but because Finland has put in place distributive policies that make sure its national income is shared broadly. In 2010, Finland’s tax level was 42.5 percent of its GDP, which was nearly double the tax level of the U.S. By strategically spreading that tax money around through a host of cash transfer and benefit programs, Finland’s high market poverty rate of 32.2 percent fell to just 7.3 percent. Its child poverty rate, which Finland focuses extra attention on, fell down to 3.9 percent. Overall economic inequality took a similar dive.

This is so obvious that it is hard to figure out how so many apparently smart people can't grasp it. The only explanation that I can come up with is that for a lot of prominent commentators, wonks and politicians, low paying jobs and the people who hold them are simply an abstraction."

[Direct link to the Bruenig article: http://www.salon.com/2014/05/12/americas_dangerous_education_myth_no_it_isnt_the_best_anti_poverty_program/ ]
economics  finland  poverty  education  socialism  2014  tomhoffman  policy  taxes  politics  work  labor 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Purpose of the Common Core is Creating "Better" Data
"It is incredibly important to reformers to be able to say things like "This teacher/school produced three more months of learning than that one." It is essentially the whole ball game. It is also pretty much a load of crap. But it is somewhat less bogus if you have the opportunity to authoritatively redefine the nature of learning on a year by year basis, limited to things that are relatively easily tested. That's the whole point of the Common Core, to tighten up and entrench their whole construct."
tomhoffman  commoncore  2013  standards  standardization  assessment  yearoveryear  edreform  education  policy 
august 2013 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: That Depends Which Education Reform Movement You're Talking About
"Ten years ago, "school reform" at least equally applied to Deborah Meier and Ted Sizer as it did to, say, Joel Klein.

In the intervening decade, I've become a social software curmudgeon -- you'll pull Blogger from my cold, dead hands -- and yielded the "ed reformer" tag to people and practices I hate.

Basically, in both cases, the money men started to roll in and roll over the geeks and the teachers who were building tools and schools with an eye to something other than the market, or market-based logic. We're only just now hitting the point where it is clear the grifters are rolling into schools like Visigoths, but even when the point hasn't been to make money directly, it has been to apply the methods of business to education.

It has taken a while to sort out, but at this point many of the leading figures in screwing up the internet are also leaders in screwing up education (reform): Gates, Zuckerberg, Jobs (RIP), etc. It isn't hard to tease out the common thread. The earnest geeks who do things, understand how things work, and care about actual people get rolled by the big money guys. That's it."
edreform  edtech  tomhoffman  2013  billgates  markzuckerberg  stevejobs  grifters  business  education  internet  deborahmeier  tedsizer  joelklein  alexanderrusso  anildash  money  economics  techsector  predictability  society  inequity  disparity  visigoths  schools  learning  purpose  evil  bigmoney 
january 2013 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Coming Soon to a Gifted Program Near You
"Parents who imagine their middle-class urban schools and gifted programs are safer and more stable when decisions are made based on value-added modeling may be in for a rude surprise. Low scores may get popular veteran teachers laid off first; too many high scores may violate the BEP in RI and trigger a new round of equity lawsuits across the country."
datadrivenmismanagement  reform  education  policy  2011  gate  giftedprograms  gifted  valueadded  teaching  learning  schools  tomhoffman 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Messaging Tips from Parents Across America
"I like this messaging on charters and choice:

"In New Orleans we no longer have the right to a neighborhood school, and that's being called choice."

Also, it is incredibly important to always use this kind of language, "the scandal-ridden, Broad-trained Seattle superintendent Marie Goodloe Johnson." Every failed Broad Academy graduate needs to be specifically identified as such in every case. The Broad fifth columnists must be exposed and the brand destroyed."
reform  tomhoffman  neighborhoodschools  policy  education  schools  neworleans  seattle  broadacademy  us  parentsacrossamerica  kipp  groupthink  choice  nola  charterschools 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Tao of the ELA Common Core
"The first step to the Tao of the ELA Common Core is Reading standard number one.

"Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text."

The Teacher said to the True Student of the Common Core, "Agree or disagree with the following statement: The wise soul does without doing, teaches without talking.' Use at least three pieces of textual evidence from the Tao Te Ching to support an original thesis."

And the True Student said, "A thesis is no more a part of the Tao of the Common Core than a pebble is part of a stream. I will cite three pieces of textual evidence that the wise soul does without doing and three showing that he does by doing; three that he teaches without talking, and also three by talking.""
tomhoffman  commoncore  standards  humor  evidence  thesis  writing  teaching  learning  rttt 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Standards, Curriculum, Constitutions, Laws...
"One good analogy is that standards are like a constitution whereas curricula is like laws. There may be no objective dividing line between what can go in an constitutional amendment and a law, but at some point if you pile too much stuff (or not enough) into the constitution, your system stops working well. And if you put the national speed limit in the constitution and the right to free speech in a law, you're really screwed up. Especially if when people point out that the speed limit doesn't belong in the constitution they are accused of not wanting what's best for kids."
curriculum  tomhoffman  constitution  law  laws  control  specificity  localcontrol  education  policy  government  2010 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Job Outlook for Veteran Social Studies Teachers at Charter Schools
"My conclusion from all this is that charter schools just don't feel they can spend their personnel budget on high experience and salary history/social studies teachers. They have to save their money for tested subjects, then science, then realistically a lot of them would probably even prioritize arts above social studies. Given the current system, this is completely rational. Most charters cannot afford all experienced teachers, so they have to pick and choose."
education  schools  tomhoffman  experience  socialstudies  balance  money  arts  science  testing  standardizedtesting  policy  howarneduncanisbreakingthings  nclb  rttt  charterschools 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Common Core Will make High School English More Like This
"They have to change the structure of high school English to make in more amenable to "data-driven instruction." If you don't believe me, read the article, then look at the difference between the high school standards you use now and the Common Core."

[At minimum, see the long quote that Tom provides.]
tomhoffman  commoncore  standards  nationalstandards  education  policy  english  teaching  schools  us  scary 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Hechinger Report | Interactive: Academic standards are all over the map [See aslo: http://www.tuttlesvc.org/2010/06/im-tired-of-this-crap.html]
"Academic standards range widely across the country for even the simplest set of facts. Such disparities are one reason why 48 states jointly developed a set of common standards, which seek to provide a single, clear definition of what should be taught in English & math in America’s public schools from K-12. The common standards, released on June 2nd, are also intended to better prepare U.S. children for college & workplace.
education  interactive  maps  mapping  standards  tomhoffman  policy  nationalstandards  us  schools  arbitrary 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Would You Take Finland?
"RE: Evolution or Revolution [http://practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/1247-Evolution-or-Revolution...-or-something-else.html ], I think the question to ask is, "Would you take Finland's educational (and child welfare) system?" And if the answer is yes, then let's just do that. Finland's change from mediocrity to excellence was evolutionary. If you don't want that, the burden of proof is entirely on the side of doing something more difficult, untested and "revolutionary" than what Finland did."
education  policy  revolution  finland  schools  learning  social  childwelfare  tomhoffman  chrislehmann  us  publicschools 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Goal of a Charter School
"If the charter movement as a whole is going to change these aggregate stats, they're going to have to purge the schools that lack a singular focus on achievement as measured by test scores, graduation rates and other placement stats. In fact, I'm getting the feeling that process is already starting. Whether that reflects the spirit of community initiative and innovation that launched the charter idea is another question."
sinister  tomhoffman  progressive  achievement  accountability  co-optingamovement  education  publicschools  purpose  mission  missionstatements  history  localcontrol  community  forprofit  charterschools 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Today's School Reformers Less Empathetic, Too
"I don't have a study to prove it, but it certainly feels like this change has deeply affected how school reform plays out in the age of TFA and the Broad Academy. Not to say that the public has historically been sympathetic to poor and minority students in the past and now they're not. But the tenor of the "reformers" has certainly changed. There is a willfully unfeeling hardness now that you wouldn't have seen fifteen or twenty years ago, which may be an extension of the phenomenon described in this study.
empathy  reform  arneduncan  change  education  policy  politics  tomhoffman  incentives  motivation  teaching  us  tfa  broadacademy  schools  teachforamerica 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Tobin Tax!
"If education was partially funded by a tax on financial transactions, a Tobin Tax, as Robert Reich proposes below, the net effect of today's market hiccup would be... more money for schools!

This is a good thing to bring up whenever a hedge fund creep or other millionaire starts talking about what's "best for kids.""
robertreich  tomhoffman  tobintax  schools  funding  publicschools  education  policy  taxes  finance  transactions  money  wallstreet  economics  humancapital 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Apple Removes Scratch from App Store
"having trouble feeling any sympathy for Scratch community over news that Scratch has been removed from App Store for iPhone/iPad, considering their own lack of good faith & transparency in licensing, particularly for a publicly funded educational project.
scratch  iphone  ipad  apple  applications  open  licensing  tomhoffman  ios 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Common Core -> New Tests -> Curriculum Aligned to Tests
"Hirsch doesn't seem to understand plan being implemented. There's no pretense of going from standards to curriculum to assessments of understanding of the curriculum. There are standards, there will be assessments of standards -- of enumerated standards, not Common Core or anyone else's commentary on standards, not of knowledge of recommended texts. There will be curriculum, textbooks, etc. aligned to assessments. There will be increasing emphasis on online assessment which is detached from rest of curriculum...There will be increasing use of regular diagnostic tests at higher grade levels for specific reading standards, e.g., this group needs to work on comparing structured poems to free verse, while this one works on analyzing how a dramatic production of a work departs from original text. There will be standards-based assessment, where standards are not "understandings," "skills," or "knowledge," but tasks.
tomhoffman  edhirsch  curriculum  commoncore  standards  standardizedtesting  assessment  2010  testing  tests  knowledge  skills  tasks  understanding 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Pity the Poor Test Writer
"To be clear: no other country regards standards as a specification for a standardized test, where easy "objective" measurement is a pre-requisite for a learning goal. Just because some kid who as been working in educational publishing for "two and a half years" doesn't know how to teach independent reading for pleasure, doesn't mean it can't and shouldn't be done."
testing  standardizedtesting  teaching  tcsnmy  standards  schools  testwriting  tomhoffman 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Multiple Measures of the Same Data
"I still have trouble believing that I live in a world where decisions to close schools would be made without even bothering to move your finger over one more column on the NECAP report to look at the writing scores. Hey! You already paid for them! They're right there. See?
data  rhodeisland  schools  policy  education  testing  tomhoffman  publicschools  nclb  standardizedtesting  tunnelvision 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: RI, the South, and the Chance for Success Index [Funny that this appears just after discussing California's constitutional and economic crises, Prop 13, high taxes in New Jersey, the state of public schools, and the such with the old man...]
[...When I mentioned that NJ taxes have bought some of the best public schools in the country, he scoffed.] "One thing that's funny is that the next day there was a post on Flypaper about the sad state of New Jersey's schools, which rank #2 on the unmodified CFSI score and #1 on the adjusted CSFI.

Beyond that, there is precious little movement in the top states based on this analysis: some middling states go down to low and some low go up to middling, but the top states, all in the northeast, mid-Atlantic, midwest or Virginia, are consistent.

Whatever this analysis is worth (and it may not be much), it is the kind of thing that makes me scratch my head about the steadily increasing Southern influence on education policy in Rhode Island and Providence. We keep pulling in more Southerners, who seem to have had some success in pulling their states from terrible to OK, but if we were just up to the level of our New England or Mid-Atlantic peers, we'd be way above Florida, Texas, etc."
policy  education  leaders  money  taxes  politics  us  national  tomhoffman  states  newjersey  california  texas  newengland  florida  experts 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Those Damned "Experts"
"Most experts in the testing community have presumed that the $350 million promised by the U.S. Dpt of Education to support common assessments would promote those that made greater use of open-ended items capable of measuring higher-order critical-thinking skills. But as measurement experts consider the multitude of possibilities for an assessment system based more heavily on such questions, they also are beginning to reflect on practical obstacles to doing so. The issues now on the table include the added expense of those items, as well as sensitive questions about who should be charged with the task of scoring them & whether they will prove reliable enough for high-stakes decisions. Also being confronted are matters of governance—the quandary of which entities would actually “own” any new assessments created in common by states and whether working in state..." I'm particularly amused by the concern over the "added expense." Presumably that's what the $350 MILLION DOLLARS is for."
education  assessment  money  experts  tomhoffman  us  policy  politics  government  standardizedtesting 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Reverse Engineering [regarding: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/01/14/17hirsch-comm.h29.html]
"Alternately, E.D. Hirsch's proper response to any question about "standards" should be "I don't give a damn about standards. What's the curriculum?" He doesn't really want standards like Finland, which he praises in his piece -- their standards are exactly the kind of thing he hates, all about "skills and techniques in reading," pursuing the student's interests, etc. He may like the stuff other than standards, but basically he's just not into standards and really has nothing useful to say about them. Any more than I have anything useful to say about smartphones."
standards  finland  standardization  testing  assessment  edhirsch  tomhoffman  tcsnmy  skills  techniques  reading  education  curriculum 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: This Proves My Point About Learning Styles! [see also: http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=51227]
"I don't actually have a point about learning styles, except to say that indeed, the hackneyed version that trickles down through professional development lectures to mandated lesson plan requirements is indeed hackneyed. But the truth is out there, and it is subtle and complex."
learning  learningstyles  tomhoffman  education  nuance 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Pivotal Education "Innovation" of the Decade
"I'm generally of the view that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to education, and a lot of standard discourse about "change" is really just pendulum-swinging. But I think there is at least one new thing from the past decade (in US public, primary and secondary education) which deserves special mention: schools completely and unabashedly optimized to increase the scores on two (or three or one) specific tests, especially new schools built from the ground up for that specific purpose....Honorable Mention #1: Broad Academy
innovation  education  testing  assessment  optimization  olpc  broadacademy  microsoft  tomhoffman  2009  00s  2008 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Falcon Cannot Hear the Falconer
"Noam Scheiber: "The business schools had their own incentives to channel students into high-paying fields like finance, thanks to the rising importance of school rankings, which heavily weighted starting salaries." This, eventually, created a glut of overcompensated financiers who have led the drive to apply equally bogus and thoughtless rankings upon primary and secondary schools, which themselves trigger further sequences of unintended consequences nobody can predict control, or even discern."
tomhoffman  rankings  businessschool  education  schools  trickledownpolicy  policy  noamscheiber 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: "Progressive" and "Traditional" Ed [quoting: http://coreknowledge.org/CK/about/print/RavitchDefends.htm]
"The Core Knowledge website: "Ravitch discusses other progressive movements, too, like the social studies movement and the “life-adjustment” movement. The parade of bad ideas she documents would be very depressing if she did not also draw attention to a handful of brave souls who championed traditional education in the face of the progressive onslaught...
dianeravitch  tomhoffman  progressive  traditional  schools  coreknowledge  books  us  history 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: A Good Enough Schematic of US School Reform
"This is pretty much the universe as I see it. The upper left needs a better name or representative organization. I considered "no excuses" but I don't think that's quite it.

One thing about this graph is that each quadrant tends to be ambivalent toward the ones they share a border with and save their attacks for the ones diagonally across from them. Also the top tends to ignore or try to avoid fights with the bottom."
charts  spectrum  schools  reform  progressive  tradition  tomhoffman  commerce  culture  democracy  standards  policy  publicschools  21stcenturyskills  ces  coreknowledge 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: "What's that Relic?"
"We were driving through Pawtucket on Sunday on a classified mission, and I saw this big old building. I said "What's that thing?" Jennifer said "That's Tolman (high school, est. 1926 population 1,400)." I suddenly felt like I was living in the future. My first, unconscious reaction to the sight of a prototypical urban comprehensive high school was "What the hell is that relic?" Someday, I'm told, everyone will have that response."
schools  scholdesign  obsolescence  future  tomhoffman 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: One Problem with the "No Excuses" College Prep Strategy
"At a certain point, you have to give up on wrapping social services into charter schools and improve social conditions in general."
education  policy  politics  tomhoffman  society  us  socialservices  schools  schooling  economics  charterschools 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Closing Schools and Restaurants [compare: http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/11/education-college-schools-opinions-columnists-reihan-salam.html]
"Anyhow, restaurants close with great frequency, particularly bad ones, sometimes ones that serve good food but don't manage the books, marketing, etc. well close too. This improves the aggregate quality of restaurants somewhat, but not so much to create an endlessly upwardly spiraling cycle of awesome sauce. Keep that in mind when considering the virtues of simply closing more schools more quickly. There are still plenty of towns and 'burbs in America where you can't find a decent, reasonably healthy restaurant, despite a century of merciless knife-point competition."
schools  competition  myth  tomhoffman  us  policy  politics  economics  restaurants  metaphor 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: It's That Bad
"That's where we're headed. If you've got a family & mortgage, you don't have luxury of indulging your desire to help bring up a low-performing school. If it is closed or re-organized, which is likely, you could be completely screwed. You could lose your health insurance & your pension. At best your life & career will be turned upside down, and you're likely looking at a repeating cycle, since none of these measures show consistent results anyhow. On the other hand, if you can wedge your way into a high-performing school, in the city or more likely the 'burbs, you're fine. That's the new system."
policy  education  teaching  careers  money  salaries  benefits  healthcare  poverty  us  publicschools  performance  disincentives  tomhoffman 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Trojan Horse Yourself: XO not Kindle
"If we're giving every kid a "laptop," people will start worrying about whether they can do video editing on it, etc and all of a sudden it costs $600. And if it is a "laptop project" it will be expected to provide a significant return on investment in the form of test scores, and the evidence for that is, well, not conclusive enough to convince those who aren't inclined to believe it.
tomhoffman  olpc  laptops  kindle  ebooks  education  technology  schools 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Remember Those Color Coded SRA Cards? [see also comment by Stephen Downes]
"I grew up in a small town in Central Pennsyltucky with 20% unemployment in the 70's, and we had all sorts of individualized programmed instruction. We had boxes of SRA cards in elementary school, I remember some kind of Star Wars branded package that let you work up yourself up to Jedi Knight status (although we didn't stick with it that long... I guess it was the precursor to everyone's fantasies about WoW-themed learning environments), the advanced 11th grade chemistry class was built around self-paced units, and of course, we all had Little Professors and Datamen.

No doubt the new stuff is much smarter, but please, this is not something that nobody has looked at. Or did everyone else just get a much more retrograde education than me? Doesn't Joel Klein know Lauren Resnick?"
whatsoldisnew  whatsoldisnewagain  progressive  education  curriculum  learning  schools  technology  individualized  tcsnmy  joelklein  tomhoffman  stephendownes  itsnotexperimental  projectbasedlearning  unschooling  deschooling  recyclingideas  philosophy  teaching  pbl 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Inside Urban Charter Schools
"But you have to remember that there are many schools for whom the mandated measures of performance are not congruent with the mission of the organization. Schools that start every hour with a timed, silent "do now" assignment are more closely aligned with the performance on a silent, timed exam, than schools whose culture emphasizes presentation and exhibition of projects."
nclb  assessment  schools  schooling  testing  tomhoffman  books  public  education  learning  charterschools 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Shorter Last Night's Rant [see also: http://www.tuttlesvc.org/2009/04/mckinsey-goes-skin-deep.html]
"I've seen no evidence (and McKinsey provides none) that any country has closed an achievement gap tied to income equality as large as the US's.
us  diversity  achievementgap  pisa  humandevelopment  education  schools  publiceducation  tomhoffman  mckinsey  policy  equality  income 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Those Young Idealists
"Tom Friedman's column from yesterday on education is perverse in every facet, but this line made me smile: With Wall Street’s decline, though, many more educated and idealistic youth want to try teaching. Ah yes, those "idealists" who were in recent years going to Wall Street, for idealistic reasons, and have now thought better of it, on equally idealistic terms. Can we have some of those?"
thomasfriedman  tomhoffman  teaching  crisis  idealists  scary  markets  2009  wallstreet  education  schools 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Is "No Comment" the Best We Can Do?
"I'm not saying this means I'll love everything Obama does in education, but for the past few years we've only been hearing about how awesome "no excuses" reform is and how we just need to crack down and TEACH HARDER. It has been a long time since a President has praised progressive schools. We need to embrace this moment and use it." follow-up post: http://www.tuttlesvc.org/2009/02/which-side-are-you-wait-do-we-have-side.html
tomhoffman  barackobama  schools  education  public  policy  reform  change  blogosphere  edubloggers 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Braindump: High Tech High AND KIPP
"KIPP & "no excuses" advocates have no qualms about unambiguously promoting specific models, even if they don't know everything about them. Progressive educators, including myself, seem to be more circumspect, knowledgeable and experienced by nature. The more you deal with the intricacies of actual implementation, the less you want to say any given system is "the answer.""
education  schools  hightechhigh  reform  change  sla  educon2.0  tomhoffman  lcproject  tcsnmy  kipp  curriculum  assessment  testing 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Success of EduCon 2.0 Demonstrates a Groundswell of Grassroots Enthusiasm for...
"demonstrates desire of individual teachers to break out of isolation & learn from each other despite administrative & organizational barriers...equivalent of after-hours club where jazz musicians go to play stuff that is too out for their regular nightc
educon2.0  tomhoffman  conferences  unconferences  teaching  schools  learning  networking  socialnetworking  technology  administration  management  organizations 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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