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Author Jan Resseger
January 30, 2015 - 10:49 am CST
In a memorable keynote address fifteen years ago I heard Jonathan Kozol declare, “People say that spending money on education is just throwing money at the problem. We ought to try that. It might work.”
January 30, 2015 - 8:04 am CST
While the arguments on both sides continue to vie back and forth over issues of how many tests should be given and how frequently, what’s completely lost in the debate is the more important issue of how tests are used.
January 29, 2015 - 4:20 pm CST
While some—including President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—want charter school proliferation, the dangers of doing so, of giving choice to some, seem to far outweigh any benefits.
Author P.L. Thomas
January 29, 2015 - 1:16 pm CST
Choice, we must acknowledge, in the United States is a sort of consumer choice: We must allow people the choice of either a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry (but choosing not to drive shall not be on the table).
January 26, 2015 - 7:08 am CST

Hello. My name is Steven.


And I’m a standardized test proctor.


I’ve been a proctor for over 10 years now. I used to be a teacher. Some days I still get to be one, but most of the time… I’m just a proctor.

(Clapping. Shouts of “YEAH!”)

I give my students standardized tests.


And I make them do test prep.



January 23, 2015 - 9:51 am CST

In this excerpt from her recent book, The Tyranny of the Meritocracy, Lani Guinier describes the tight linkage between standardized testing and family income. To the extent, then, that colleges rely on the SAT (or ACT) as a filter for college admission, they disproportionately screen out students who have not had the multiple advantages of living in affluence.

January 23, 2015 - 9:09 am CST

Last night, I gave a lecture on the history of the Vietnam War to a cross section of Catholic high school students from Bergen County who had joined together to put on a performance of the musical "Miss Saigon." This was the fourth history lecture I had given to high school students in the last two years. My other lectures, where the topic was the multicultural origins of Bronx hip hop, were given at West Catholic High School near Hartford Conn, at Trinity School on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn.


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