Tag Archives: VAM

#StackRanking and Other Immoral Horrors: The Invisible Hands and Invisible Morals of Bill and Melinda Gates

Dear Bill and Melinda, I would like to explore the cause and effect of your Microsoft system of stack ranking on the lives of children and teachers.  What happens when your actual policies don’t match your “advertised” ideology?  What brings … Continue reading

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How to Create a Negative School Climate 101

Dear Mr. Gates and Mr. Duncan,               I thought I had better get this to you now while it is still on my mind. At the end of the last school year, I was informed that I would be teaching 7th … Continue reading

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VAM: “My life’s work will be reduced to one word based on a single test on a single day. We are more than this.” ~ Ohio Teacher

Dear Bill and Melinda, A teacher sent us a message about a one of the new systems of reform you have pushed into place: Value Added Measures. There have been many before me who have written about this as “junk … Continue reading

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