Michael Keany's Blog – December 2012 Archive (59)

On the Uses and Meaning of Data by David B. Cohen

On the Uses and Meaning of Data

NOVEMBER 21, 2012
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Added by Michael Keany on December 10, 2012 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

How I Replaced Shakespeare By Joel Stein

Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

How I Replaced Shakespeare

I was not worried about the American education system until after I started writing a column, because that's when I found out there are English teachers who assign my column as reading material. I regularly get e-mails from students asking about my use of anastrophe, metonymy, thesis…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 10, 2012 at 8:19am — No Comments

Bar exams for teachers? By Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Bar exams for teachers?

By Chester E. Finn, Jr.

As President of the AFT, the late Albert Shanker was instrumental in creating the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and much else in the education-reform world. Now Randi Weingarten is trying—earnestly and imaginatively—to return the organization and its (present) leader to the pantheon of real reformers.

Their new and much-ballyhooed proposal, contained in a report…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 7, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

Getting real about the Common Core By Checker E. Finn, Jr.

Getting real about the Common Core

By Checker E. Finn, Jr. / December 6, 2012

A foundation staffer I think well of posed these vexing questions the other day:

With the transition to the new Common Core assessments, states will have a number of decisions around how they use the new tests. Some of the most consequential are around possible use of the tests for high school exit or grade promotion. These are obviously sticky subjects. Should we be…

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What's Poverty Got to Do With Education? by Susan Ochshorn

Susan Ochshorn

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Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts by Nick Rabkin

Nick Rabkin

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How Many Billions Are We REALLY Spending on Testing? By Anthony Cody

How Many Billions Are We REALLY Spending on Testing?

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Added by Michael Keany on December 6, 2012 at 6:23am — No Comments

Is Favoritism Wrong?

Is Favoritism Wrong?

 

In this thoughtful Chronicle of Higher Education article, philosophy professor Stephen Asma (Columbia College/Chicago) says the opposite of fairness is not selfishness. But that’s the way it seems when we hear children complain, “That’s not fair!” It’s easy for parents and teachers to see this as a thinly disguised attempt to get one’s way. “Kids learn early that an honest declaration of ‘I’m not…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 5, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments

We’re No. 1 By David Warlick

Inspiring Others

Guest Blogger

We’re No. 1

By David Warlick on December 4th, 2012…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 5, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments

More on Problems with Value-Added Evaluation of Teachers

More on Problems with Value-Added Evaluation of Teachers

 

Why is there such a push to evaluate teachers using value-added analysis? asks Michael Marder (University of Texas/Austin) in this Kappa Delta Pi Record article. Because many governors, state education commissioners, and federal legislators have embraced these points:

  • Teachers are the single most important in-school factor in student…
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Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student by ANDREW MARCINEK

Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student

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Added by Michael Keany on December 4, 2012 at 9:23am — No Comments

Why the Common Core is Worth Our Positive Attention By Peter DeWitt

Why the Common Core is Worth Our Positive Attention

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Tom Friedman's Embarrassing Man-Crush on Sec. Duncan By Rick Hess

Tom Friedman's Embarrassing Man-Crush on Sec. Duncan

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10 Things School Board Members Should Do in 2013 By Tom Vander Ark

10 Things School Board Members Should Do in 2013

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Added by Michael Keany on December 4, 2012 at 8:51am — No Comments

Wanaque (NJ) superintendent explains test scores as just one tool for determining district success

Wanaque superintendent explains test scores as just one tool for determining district success

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012

SUBURBAN TRENDS…
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Added by Michael Keany on December 4, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments

The Opportunity New York’s Dignity Act Presents by Mark Barth

The Opportunity New York’s Dignity Act Presents

by Mark Barth, author of the Social Emotional Development and Learning Guidelines which were adopted by the Board of Regents in July 2011. Mark received a Ph.D. from U Albany. His dissertation, The Role of a Solicited Public in Developing Educational Policy, was published by VDM Verlag in 2009. Now retired, Mark can be reached at…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 3, 2012 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Common Core vs. Common Sense By Ronald A. Wolk

Common Core vs. Common Sense

Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org.

The headline in a recent edition of Education Week read, "Hopes Pinned on Standards to Boost College Readiness: SAT results show no improvement in any tested…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 3, 2012 at 4:46pm — No Comments

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