Category Archives: Common Core High Stakes Testing

Common Core Tests: Educational Malpractice for Students with Special Needs

Dear Mr. and Mrs Gates: This is what is gong on in every county across the country as students with disabilities are forced to take tests they are not yet ready for and have not learned the content: In about … Continue reading

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NYC teacher: “THIS is what the Common Core is doing to our children; it’s heartbreaking and wrong”

Bill, You yourself said the authoritative voice is that of the teachers. Read what this Brooklyn, NY teacher – whom I hold in high regard – has to say about your Common Core package. – Katie Lapham “Today after school … Continue reading

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Corporate America Might Need Common Core, But Our “Outputs” Don’t

“Kill poverty not human beings.  Stop putting the value of money over the value of lives.” – Mahatma Gandhi December 8, 2013 Dear Allan Golston, This is in response to your editorial America’s Businesses Need the Common Core, which was posted … Continue reading

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Reign of Error: Diane Ravitch vs. Bill Gates

image courtesy of http://www.good.is. Dear Bill and Melinda, Our hopes were dashed when you ignored our invitation to attend Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error Book Tour in Seattle tonight.  Your silence and your continued lack of response to any one … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 7 – Behind the Scenes http://www.ayearatmissionhill.com/index.php/chapter7  Bill, Yesterday I met a dyslexic man who told me he didn’t learn how to read until he was 37 years old. To avoid having to read out loud in grammar school, he’d hit … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill chapter 6

Chapter 6: Like a Family Dear Mr. Gates, Microsoft’s “stack ranking” management practice has been in the news lately, most recently on Valerie Strauss’ blog The Answer Sheet (Microsoft’s lesson on what not to do with teachers, Washington Post, 8/26/13). … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 5: The Eye of the Dragon As we saw in chapter three of A Year At Mission Hill, knowledge and skills are taught – in part – through school wide themes, which involve the community.  At the beginning of … Continue reading

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