Monday, March 24, 2014

SKrashen: 21st Century Skills?

SKrashen: 21st Century Skills?:



21st Century Skills?


Stephen Krashen



Yogi Berra: "It's hard to predict, especially about the future."
"I contend that, instead of insisting on more and more standardization, we should be increasing variety, flexibility, and choice in what we offer in our schools (Noddings, 2009, p.243).
" ... useful knowledge changes as societies change" (Zhao, 2009, p. 135).
It is often stated that new standards are necessary so that children will develop "21st Century Skills." Education Secretary Duncan behaves, at times, as if he knows what these skills are (but see below). Most of us have no idea.
The history of science and technology has taught us that new developments are nearly always a surprise. Secretary Duncan expressed this idea himself, in an interview with USA Today:
"As we get more and more of these technological breakthroughs, there are going to be jobs in fields available that don't even exist today. If these guys [sic] can come out and be those 

Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy” | Seattle Education

Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy” | Seattle Education:



Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

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The reason to oppose the Common Core standards is because they violate the well-established and internationally recognized process for setting standards in a way that is transparent, that recognizes the expertise of those who must implement them, that builds on the consensus of concerned parties, and that permits appeal and revision.
Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them as well as the federally-funded tests that accompany them. Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Roundtable vocally support them, yet the unease continues and pushback remains intense.
Why so much controversy?
The complaints are coming from all sides: from Tea Party activists who worry about a federal takeover of education and from educators, parents, and progressives who 

Red Alert from Tim Furman.







Red Alert from Tim Furman. 


SB2627 ends the undemocratic State Charter School Commission and puts its duties back at the ISBE. Should affirm local control. Already passed in the House now we need to get it passed in the Senate. Here are the directions again:
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Attend April 1st Forum on MPS and Urban Education | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:



Attend April 1st Forum on MPS and Urban Education

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College of Education Co-Sponsors Event: Lessons from Elsewhere. What Milwaukee Can Learn from Work on Improving Urban Education Systems Nationwide
With Milwaukee facing a fresh search for a public schools superintendent, continuing debate over what should be done with low-performing schools, and little overall progress for high-needs students, what paths should be pursued? At this morning-long conference, national experts will offer their thoughts on what is working elsewhere and what might be considered in Milwaukee.
Lessons from Elsewhere. What Milwaukee Can Learn from Work on Improving Urban Education Systems Nationwide
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
8 a.m. to Noon
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
Limited on site parking available
Reserve your spot. The event is complimentary; however, registration is required.
This event is cosponsored by Marquette Law School and the Marquette College of Education.
Program
• 8 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
• 8:30 a.m. Introduction
• 8:40 a.m. A conversation with Michael Casserly, long-time executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, a peer organization of leaders of the nation’s largest school districts. Casserly is a respected authority on characteristics of urban school systems that have had above-average success.
• 9:35 a.m. A conversation with Paul Hill, founder of the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell. Hill developed the “portfolio school district management” idea being used in some cities. A leading figure in thought on urban school reform, Hill chaired the National Charter School Research Project and the Brookings National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education.
• 10:30 a.m. Break
• 10:45 a.m. Panel discussion – ideas and thoughts on what Milwaukee should pursue. Participants: Reuben Jacobson, senior associate for research and strategy, the Coalition for Community Schools of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C.; Nata Abbott, GE Healthcare, Community Relations Director;Kole Knueppel, co-founder and managing director, Schools That Can Milwaukee;and Larry Miller, member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
• 12 Noon. Adjourn

Huffington Post Posted: 03/21/2014 Joy Resmovits Public school students of color get more punishment and less access to veteran teachers than their white peers, according to surveys released Friday by the U.S. Education Department that include data from every U.S. school district. Black students are suspended or expelled at triple the rate of their white peers, according to the U.S. Education Depa

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Testimony on data privacy to Illinois Senate Education Committee

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Testimony on data privacy to Illinois Senate Education Committee:



Testimony on data privacy to Illinois Senate Education Committee




PURE, MTAS, and PAA strongly believe that parents must have control over any use of their children’s school data outside of the school building and the district.
PURE and other parent groups are very concerned that the federal education department under Arne Duncan has made changes in federal FERPA laws that have opened the door to potentially massive sharing of student data without parental knowledge or consent. In late 2013, we became aware of a proposal in Illinois to share student data with the inBloom company and possibly other third parties in connection with the Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE). PURE and More Than a Score joined with the ACLU of Illinois, Parents 4 Teachers, Raise Your Hand Illinois, the Chicago Teachers’ Union, the CReATE organization of university researchers, and the national group EPIC, to educate parents and others about this move, and to share our concerns with Chicago Public Schools and school board officials. I’m happy to report that CPS subsequently decided not to share student data with inBloom.
While we are pleased that District 299 has chosen to opt out of the inBloom program, we are concerned that there are still districts in our state that may soon begin to transmit confidential student information to the state database, data that may be shared with third party for-profit companies without parental notification or consent. In fact, few parents have any idea that this is about to happen, and soon. When PURE and MTAS first began to talk about this issue, it was clear that many state officials, school board members, and the media, among others, were only hearing about it from us here in Chicago and Illinois, and from Parents Across America and a handful of other groups nationally.
That is why we are so grateful to Senator William Delgado, sponsor of SB3092, and chief co-sponsors Senator Don Harmon and Senator Chapin Rose, for bringing forward this important bill. It is especially important considering what little information has been communicated to parents about the plans Illinois has for sharing their children's school information.
PURE supports SB3092 because, while state and local agencies claim that any data sharing will comply with applicable state and federal privacy laws, with FERPA recently weakened to omit parental oversight parents are not reassured. FERPA allows districts to decide what data is shared and with whom it will be shared.
PURE supports SB3092 because, while we are further told that “industry best practices” will be in place to ensure that the data is protected, none of this provides adequate assurance to parents who know that, despite the sincerest of efforts, data breaches will happen that may dramatically impact children’s futures.
PURE also supports SB3092 because the issue of student data privacy is deeply connected to the growing misuse and overuse of standardized testing, which I will just touch on here briefly.
You may have heard about a recent dust-up in Chicago when some parents opted their children out of the state test. Parents are sick of the way testing has taken over schooling. Opting their children out of one test was a reflection of that frustration. People may disagree with these parents about the value of giving dozens of standardized tests every year to children as young as 4 or 5. But the fact that the district met this opposition with harassment and disinformation, and even pulled children out of class later to interrogate them (their words) about opting out, shows a level of focus on testing that is only going to get worse. In fact, implementation of the Common Core state standards and the associated tests is about to usher in a feeding frenzy in the “education marketplace.” And student data will become one of the main currencies in that marketplace.
I will conclude by quoting Todd Farley, a recent guest essayist on the Washington Post Answer Sheet blog:
(T)he United States seems to be heading towards taking the decisions about American education out of the hands of American educators and instead placing that sacred trust in the welcoming arms of an industry run entirely without oversight and populated completely with for-profit companies chasing billions of dollars in business. When next some standardized test scores are found to be incorrect or fraudulent (because they will), or some standardized testing company commits or tries to cover up another egregious error (because they will), perhaps then we can admit large-scale assessment isn’t the panacea it’s often been touted to be. Perhaps then we can concede that an educational philosophy based on a system of national standardized tests isn’t any Brave New World of American education; it’s just a bad idea that even the Chinese are already turning away from as being too inefficient and antiquated.
SB3092 will provide a good start for refocusing education on learning and not testing.
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