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Sabrina Joy Stevens • Arne Duncan isn't just mean. He's wrong.

Sabrina Joy Stevens • Arne Duncan isn't just mean. He's wrong.:

Arne Duncan isn’t just mean. He’s wrong.






People of all colors and parental statuses are right to be offended by Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent comments about “white suburban moms”. But beyond the sexist and racial (note that I didn’t say racist) implications of what he said, there’s another important point to be made that isn’t getting nearly enough airtime: Duncan’s words weren’t just offensive, they were wrong.
To recap: last Friday during a meeting of state superintendents, Duncan claimed that some of the resistance to the Common Core Standards was coming from “white suburban moms” discovering that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t as good as they thought they were.” His proposal to quell that resistance was to mansplain remind those moms that their children are now “competing globally and need higher standards.”
Yet the very international comparisons he says illustrate the need for Common 

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The Educated Reporter: To Boost Student Learning, Should Teacher Quality Trump Class Size?:

To Boost Student Learning, Should Teacher Quality Trump Class Size?


When it comes to student success, “smaller is better” has been the conventional wisdom on class size, despite a less-than-persuasive body of research. But what if that concept were turned on its head, with more students per classroom – provided they’re being taught by the most effective teachers?

That’s the question a new study out today from the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute set out to answer, using data on teachers and students in North Carolina in grades 4-8 over four academic years. While the results are based on a theoretical simulation rather than actually reconfiguring classroom assignments in order to measure the academic outcomes, the findings are worth considering.

The research on class size is mixed, and modest efforts – taking one or two students out of a room with more than 20 kids, for example – haven’t been found to yield much benefit on average. The enormous expense of paring classes down to the point where research has suggested there’s a measurable benefit for some students is simply beyond the fiscal means of most districts. As a result, everyone from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to philanthropist Bill Gates has urged districts to consider waiving class size policies in favor of giving more students a chance at being taught by a highly effective teacher.

To test the merit of that approach for Fordham, researcher Michael Hansen of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) simulated what might happen if teachers with stronger track records had more crowded classrooms. The model factored in an estimated loss of effectiveness d

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An easy slide from Gates to Pearson

Kate James
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Arne Is Aiming for Damage Control But Just Can’t Seem to Get It Right | deutsch29:

Arne Is Aiming for Damage Control But Just Can’t Seem to Get It Right

November 18, 2013


US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s tasteless remarks on Friday about the seeming inability of “White suburban mothers” to come to terms with their children’s limited intellectual ability as such is highlighted by the Duncan-beloved Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has the former Australian basketball player-gone-US-Sec-of Ed attempting to “close the gap” and re-score some of the numerous lost points with the American public– and especially with American mothers of all raceswhom he inadvertently insulted.
The only problem is that Duncan is taking his CCSS shovel and digging deeper. Here is his attempt to “make nice,” as recorded in the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Duncan moved away from those comments in a statement issued Monday: “We have a tendency in our fast-moving world to focus on controversial-sounding sound bites, instead of the complex policy debates that underlie them. Unfortunately, I recently played into that dynamic,” Duncan said. [Emphasis added.]
Translation: “The public should ignore my comments about White suburban mothers and their less-than-brilliant children.”
And what of “focusing on complex policy debates”?  The “debate” about CCSS never happened, and now a non-invested (and arguably wounded) public is 

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Some Kids 'Aren't Brilliant'? Arne Duncan Blunder Is Bigger Than It First Appears | Mercedes Schneider:

Some Kids 'Aren't Brilliant'? Arne Duncan Blunder Is Bigger Than It First Appears

Posted: 11/18/2013 10:15 am



 In May 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the first annual "Mom Congress" at Georgetown University. Duncan's goal, as reported on the USDOE website, was "to discuss how to effect meaningful change in American education and to mobilize millions of parents to become more involved in their children's learning." [Emphasis added.]
Duncan wants parents to be "more involved" in the educational process. But there is a hitch -- as there always is with the reformer version of "parental involvement":
The parental involvement must coincide with the reform agenda.
Consider this excerpt from Duncan's speech at the May 2010 Moms Congress:
Parents can serve in at least one of three roles: Partners in learning, advocates and advisors who push for better schools, and decision-makers who choose the best educational options for their children.
When parents demand change and better options for their children, they become the real accountability backstop for the educational system. Parents have more choices today than ever before, from virtual schools to charters to career academies. And our schools need empowered parents.
We need parents to speak out and drive change in chronically-underperforming schools where children receive an inferior education. With parental support, those 

Architecture 101 Holiday Workshops | Seattle Education

Architecture 101 Holiday Workshops | Seattle Education:

Seattle Education

Architecture 101 Holiday Workshops

Twice a year I advertise my classes on this website and that’s because it pertains to education and it also helps keep me afloat so that I can continue writing.
I enjoy all of the classes I teach but this class is totally joyous and filled with excitement and fun for me and the students.
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Holland
Back by popular demand, Architecture 101 is pleased to offer the Holiday Workshop using all edible building materials including gingerbread and candies galore.
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia
We will look at how people celebrate the winter season around the world, the similarities and unique differences, then design and build a seasonal village using what was learned and incorporating it into a holiday street scene.
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At the end of the session, the students will be

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