Category Archives: Standardized Testing

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

Chapter 8 – The World of Work What “college and career ready” really means Bill, “College and career ready” is one of your ed reform slogans that’s repeated ad nauseam.  Your way of achieving this goal is to use the … Continue reading

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Recent Audits of “Gates-led” Ed Reform Spending

Bill, On August 27, 2013, Mercedes Schneider posted on her blog – deutsch29 – a thorough, eye-opening audit of your Common Core spending.  The following day, Diane Ravitch linked to it, and her readers’ comments reflect the outrage that so many of … Continue reading

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

Chapter 3: Making it Real Dear readers, I watched chapter three of A Year At Mission Hill with a heavy heart, almost tearful.  The way in which educators teach and students learn at Mission Hill is exactly what I’ve viscerally yearned … Continue reading

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Every single one of my students “failed” the state test this past school year, and only 1 student passed in the entire 3rd grade at my school. Does this mean my colleagues and I are poor teachers?

Mr. and Mrs. Gates, “You can lead a horse to water, but cannot make him drink.” This old saying pretty much sums up the education profession. Teachers and other education professionals devote their lives to imparting knowledge to children day … Continue reading

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If implemented fully, the reforms you promote will have crippling effects on student learning, teacher quality, and public education in general.

Dear Bill and Melinda, I believe your involvement in the current educational “reform” movement began with good intentions.  However, it seems to me that your educational philosophies, particularly your enthusiasm for the use of high-stakes testing, are dangerously misguided.  If … Continue reading

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