Recommendations for DPI Primary

By Jeffrey Horn

Holtz & Humphries
We The primary election for Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction Superintendent is Tuesday, February 21st. It is important that you vote in this election because the visions for Wisconsin’s children held by the primary candidates are very, very different.

Tony Evers – Worst Possible Choice

First, if you are against Common Core State Standards, forced high stakes testing, and judging teachers, schools, and districts by so called “Value Added Measures” you simply must vote against current superintendent Tony Evers! Tony Evers made Wisconsin the very first state in the union to adopt Common Core State Standards in 2010. He declared by edict that Common Core State Standards would serve as Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards in June 2010. He has remained an strong proponent of Common Core and its associated high stakes testing regime and intensive data collecting apparatus. If the standardization of minds and destruction of data privacy ushered in my Common Core is important to you, Tony Evers simply must not be your vote this Tuesday!

John Humphries – Problematic At Best

John Humphries platform and campaign team seem to have been put together by committee. Though he touts his endorsements by Republican Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt along with Democrat state Rep. Jason Fields as “[leading] this nonpartisan campaign with a focus on improving statewide outcomes,” we must point out that these representatives have been strident supporters of so called “education reform”, “accountability”, and school-to-work initiatives that are underpinned by Common Core State Standards and high stakes testing. Though Thiesfeldt pushed for hearings on Common Core Standards in 2013, he offered no bills that tried to reign in data collection, testing, or the standards themselves. Since then Thiesfeldt has been a good soldier for Republican leadership in the effort to erect a centralized education accountability apparatus. Since becoming …read more

Source: Stop Common Core WI

Mercedes Schneider: Bill Gates Goes Strangely Silent About His Education Agenda

By dianeravitch

For more than the past decade, Bill Gates has dabbled in education. He launches initiative after initiative, with slim or no research, and all of them flop. While he dabbles–whether it is the Common Core or evaluating teachers by test scores–he messes up other people’s lives with no accountability for his screw-ups. He just moves on to his Next Big Idea.

Mercedes Schneider points out that the Gates Foundation spends more money “reforming education” in the U.S., but has nothing to show for it.

Curiously, the Gates Foundation’s annual report doesn’t even mention education!

Will he butt out? Will he admit error?

I saw him on TV Saturday night warning about the dangers of biowarfare. A few weeks ago, he met with Donald Trump in his golden penthouse and came away expressing admiration, prophesying that Trump had the chance to be transformative, like John F. Kennedy, by driving education innovation with new technologies. What’s on his mind? Saving humanity or market share?

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Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

Where To Buy Wedding Earrings For That Day

By Laura Jackson

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Source: Stop Common Core NY

Legal steroids: THE HEALTH ASPECT

By Laura Jackson

guys using steroids

Some quick info

Owing to the inability to clear the air about all you should know about steroid impacts on the human health, people often look at the side effects of this chemical compounds and thus casting a shadow on the prospects, advantages, history and the progress steroids have. In this article we are going to look at all you need to know about the health use and effects of steroids on people who use them. Specific functionality issues in terms of gender will be discussed in another forum all together. This is to give you a broader picture about what you need to know about steroids and health. Important to note: we will be talking about legal steroids but we shall also include illegal steroids just to show why they are illegal in the first place.

Clinical use of legal steroids

The legal steroids and specifically anabolic and androgenic steroids are all about growth and maintenance of body muscles. This puts them in situations where they are used for therapy in many health conditions and complications. The discussions of the impact steroids have medically will be broken down into several subtopics in order to look at them individually.

  1. Steroids and cancer

Patients with cancer have a tendency to have their muscle wear off as the disease ravage though them. Treatment conditions become intensive and the body may not even have the strength to go through the whole process. Steroids are administered through the treatment, stimulating growth of muscle and tissue to have them replace the muscle that has died off. This is also the same application of that the steroids have to patients with AIDS.

  1. Steroids and diabetes

For people with diabetes, glucocorticoids, a type of steroid is administered to them to increase the amount of blood glucose into their blood. Thus people …read more

Source: Stop Common Core NY

Jersey Jazzman: Corporate Reform in the Age of Trump

By dianeravitch

Jersey Jazzman writes that the corporate reform movement had a good thing going until Trump was elected.

The Democratic reformers were able to link arms with the far right and even to enjoy the financial largesse of anti-labor, anti-public school financiers like the Walton family.

But now the alliance is broken. But is it shattered? After all, DeVos gave Eva’s schools $500,000. DeVos funds AEI. Mike Petrilli was #neverTrump but endorsed DeVos. Very confusing.

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Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

Susan Ochshorn: Listen to the Voices of Teachers of Early Childhood Classes

By dianeravitch

Susan Ochshorn of the ECE Policy Works writes here about the marginalization of those who teach early childhood. Governor Chris Christie defamed them as “babysitters.” No one asked for their expertise when the Common Core standards were written.

In this post, she describes a report released by “Defending the Early Years,” called “Teachers Speak Out.”

“The report highlights the concerns of early childhood teachers about the impact of school reforms on low-income children. Authors Diane E. Levin and Judith L. Van Hoorn culled their data from interviews with 34 educators in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington, DC.

“The link between socioeconomic status and academic achievement has been firmly established in research. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 47 percent of children under six years old lived in low-income families near or below the poverty line in 2014. The level rises to nearly 70 percent for Black and Native-American children and 64 percent for Hispanic youngsters. In a recent survey conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers—which helped design the Common Core standards—teachers across the United States listed family stress, poverty, and learning and psychological problems as the top barriers to student success.

“Yet the mandates of the Common Core are exacerbating the problem. As Levin and Van Hoorn point out in the report’s introduction, “recent reforms…have been developed and implemented by people with good intentions but often little formal knowledge of early child development.” Those with the expertise now face a “profound ethical dilemma.” As top-down mandates dictate the teaching and assessment of narrow academic skills at younger and younger ages, early childhood educators are forced to do the “least harm,” rather than the “most good.”

“In an exchange at the [DeVos] …read more

Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

BATS Meet with Education Staff of Senators Sanders and Hassan

By dianeravitch

Leaders of the Badass Teachers Association met in DC with the education staff of Senator Sanders (VT) and Senator Hassan NH).

They spoke for all of us who care about children and fighting back against privatization and standardization.

Please read the summary of their meeting.

Thank you, BATS!

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Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

SomeDam Poet: “No Democrat Will Vote”

By dianeravitch

Our blog poet writes about Senator Franken’s statement that no Democrat will vote to confirm DeVos, highlighting contradictions:

“No Democrat will vote”

No Democrat would vote
For testing and for VAM
No Democrat would vote
For any other sham
No Democrat would vote
For Gates and Common Core
No Democrat would vote
For David Coleman lore
No Democrat would vote
For closing public schools
No Democrat would vote
For Arne Duncan rules
No Democrat would vote
For voucher and for charter
No Democrat would vote
To focus on the “smarter”
No Democrat will vote
For rule by billionaire
No Democrat will vote
Tautology is there

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Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

Valerie Strauss: Democrats Paved the Way for Betsy DeVos

By dianeravitch

Valerie Strauss wrote an excellent article about the hypocrisy of Democrats who now loudly oppose Billionaire Betsy DeVos, but spent the last eight years bashing teachers, unions, and public schools while pouring billions of dollars into the proliferation of privately-managed charter schools. Once Democrats became cheerleaders for school choice, they abandoned the principle that public schools under democratic control are a fundamental public responsibility.

I urge you to read this article, which recounts the perfidy of Democrats who fell for privatization and betrayed public education. In many cases, support for charter schools opened the door to billionaires and hedge funder donations, to groups like Democrats for Education Reform and Education Reform Now and Families for Excellent Schools. Think Corey Booker, Andrew Cuomo, Dannell Malloy. Think of the silence of the Democrats as the U.S. Department of Education spent more than $3 billion on charter schools. How do they now express opposition to DeVos’s love for charters (and vouchers). She has exposed their hypocrisy.

Both of my last two books are about this theme–how the Democrats embraced privatization and opened the door to vouchers.

So I have to add a couple of points to her accurate summary:

In March 2011, President Obama and Secretary Duncan were in Miami with Jeb Bush to celebrate the “turnaround” of Miami Central High School. At the same time, thousands of working people were protesting the anti-labor policies of Scott Walker in Madison. Neither Obama nor Duncan ever showed up in Madison to show support for the teachers and union members who support Democrats.

The other point that needs to be added is that a month after Obama, Arne, and Jeb met to toast the turnaround of Miami Central, the state education Department in Florida listed it as a “failing” school that should …read more

Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

A Century of Skills Movements

By dianeravitch

I wrote about this topic in 2010. Year after year, decade after decade, some educational “authority” tells us that the world is changing fast, and that the schools must teach useful skills, not academic knowledge. The article appeared in the AFT’s American Educator magazine in spring 2010.

If I were to rewrite the article today, I would add the Common Core to the list, because it is a collection of skills without content. Because it is mandated in so many states and tied to high-stakes tests, subjects like history, civics, and science get short shrift. Even literature gets short shrift, because students are taught to read short passages without context. Teachers have reported that they no longer teach novels or poetry, to meet the demands of the Common Core for close reading.

If I were to revise the article, I would change its tone to acknowledge the value of the “maker-movement.” This is a deservedly popular activity in which children make things with their hands, some involving electronics, some using tools or fabric or paper or wood. Genuine progressive education recognizes the value of loving literature, delving into history in depth, and using your hands and mind to make beautiful things.

Here is the 2010 article:

I am a historian of education and have written often about the educational enthusiasms and fads of the past century. One of my books, titled Left Back, tells the story of the rise and fall of one fad after another across the 20th century. In brief, what I’ve found is that in the land of American pedagogy, innovation is frequently confused with progress, and whatever is thought to be new is always embraced more readily than what is known to be true. Thus, pedagogues, policymakers, thought leaders, facilitators, and elected of …read more

Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core