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Are We a Nation of Cheaters and Liars?

I was surprised to see two long stories in last Thursday’s New York Times about the same subject: cheating.

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U.S. Test Scores

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Schools Need iPads Like Students Need a Hole in Their Heads

Budgets for school nurses and counselors are getting cut while funding is being wasted on acquiring iPads; science and art clash as the ways to determine the authenticity of a Jackson Pollock piece shift; finances and critics have proven that Rick Santorum’s Christmas movie is nothing short of pathetic. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Cyber Charters

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Facing the Beast: What Broke American Education?

Two new books about the woes of public education stake out opposing views of the problems, and the solutions, all wrapped up for you in this New York Review of Books essay review.

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Marching in Chicago: Resisting Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Savagery

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s current attempt to close down 54 public schools largely inhabited by poor minorities is one more example of a savage, racist neoliberal system that uses the politics of austerity and consolidation to further disenfranchise unskilled youths in the inner city.

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The Test Score Racket

It is time to acknowledge that the fashionable theory of school reform—requiring that pay and job security for teachers, principals and administrators depend on their students’ standardized test scores—is at best a well-intentioned mistake, and at worst nothing but a racket.

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No Child Left Behind 10 Years Later

With the broadly lamented education bill turning 10 on Sunday and Congress and the White House divided over how to update it, Dana Goldstein at The Nation considers the effects of some of the law’s mainstays: the spotlight on the achievement gap, standardized testing, the rhetoric of failing schools and upper-middle-class alienation.

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More U.S. Schools Moving to 4-Day Week

In this era of shrinking budgets, an increasing number of American public schools are closing their doors on Fridays. Besides stripping American children of one-fifth of their time available to learn, the shift is forcing working parents to seek expensive childcare while school employees see their pay reduced—or their jobs eliminated. (more)

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Matt Damon Defends Teachers From Vexing Libertarians

The actor, standing next to his educator mother, does away with a camera crew from Reason.tv and it retaliates with amusing editing.

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The Casualties in California’s Budget War

The University of Southern California’s Neon Tommy takes a close look at the people, services and institutions that stand to lose the most in California’s ongoing budget fiasco. (more)

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For-Profit Schools Sue to Stop Reforms

For-profit schools, some of which are accused of failing to properly educate while loading students with debt, have banded together to fight the introduction of three federal reforms.

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$26 Billion for States and Schools

A $26 billion aid package was passed by the Senate on Thursday that aims to ensure that school districts and states do not have to can tens of thousands of teachers and government workers. Just two Republicans crossed the ideological aisle to support the bill, which now heads to the House.

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Rewriting History Texas-Style

Texas’ Board of Education has approved a new social studies curriculum with a conservative seal of approval. After three days of debate the board voted to change the curriculum to explicitly present Republican philosophies and conservative leaders in a more positive light.

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Changing No Child Left Behind

President Barack Obama’s administration has called for an overhaul of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law, mitigating the ridiculous focus on standardized tests with an approach that takes into consideration student attendance and classrooms’ learning climates.

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‘3, 6, 9, 12, Budgets Cuts Can Go to Hell’

In retaliation against California’s tuition hikes and education budget cuts, students from across the state kicked off a “Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education” on Thursday with assemblies, walkouts and teach-ins. The action was part of a national protest.

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Israel to Pay U.N. for Gaza Incident

The Israeli government, according to The Wall Street Journal, has agreed to pay about $10.5 million to compensate the United Nations for an incident that resulted in the killing of a U.N. driver and the destruction of two U.N. schools and a World Food Program warehouse during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2009.

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21st Century Skills: Education’s New Cliché

What’s new about them? They sound like the skills one would have gotten from a good 20th century education—or from a lot further back than that.

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Education ‘Miracles’ Don’t Survive Scrutiny

What miracle talk and magic-bullet solutions share is the reduction of complexity, of the many levels of hard, creative work necessary to make schooling successful in the United States.

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The Bible Is Not Safe for Children

If public schools are to teach the “literature and history” of the Bible, as some Texans desire, will they leave out the parts that say it’s OK to kill your slaves and disobedient children?

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California Sees Red

Looks like Republicans are going to win out in California’s seemingly endless budget battle, despite holding a minority in the state Legislature. The deal lawmakers are inching toward favors Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desire to make the poor, the elderly and schoolchildren pay for the state’s financial crisis.

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Sarah Palin Doesn’t Want Your Money

Sarah Palin is turning down about half of her state’s stimulus money, complaining that Washington is trying to engineer a bigger Alaskan government with funding for health care, energy programs and schools. Schools? How dare you, Washington?

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 READ MORE



Dems Bicker Behind the Scenes

It seems Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s stimulus compromise announcement was a tad premature, a fact that reportedly irked the most powerful woman in politics, Nancy Pelosi. “The speaker went through the roof,” a House Democrat told Politico, when she saw Reid’s alleged power play.

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What Does $825 Billion of Stimulation Feel Like?

There will be negotiation, revision and capitulation, but the basic guts of the Democrats’ $825 billion stimulus package are out in the open. There’s billions for infrastructure, billions for schools and billions for you and me. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) responded by saying “Oh. My. God,” which we’ll take to mean, “Praise Jesus! The Democrats have done it again.”

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Work Hard, but Pray for Luck

The standard male narrative about flying solo to the top, bootstraps in hand, energized only by your own talents, always seemed a bit cockeyed to me. The female narrative was not so much self-effacing as it was realistic.

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Chavez to Mall: Váyase!

Nothing says full of yourself like ordering a Venezuelan mayor to halt construction of a near-complete shopping mall after passing by it in a car. Obviously, President Hugo Chavez has a bit of a ego, though his suggestion to use the facility as a university or hospital, not as a monument to consumption and capitalism, does seem a bit more just.

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No Child Left Behind Fails Us All

Truthdig asked Demitrious C. Sinor, an inspirational educator, to sound off on the state of our schools. He warns that unless the No Child Left Behind regime ends soon, America’s classrooms could unravel. It’s a reality that neither presidential candidate seems to fully understand, but one he sees every day, from where he sits.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Groups

Following a similar move by Australia earlier this year, Canada’s prime minister will offer a formal apology to the country’s indigenous peoples for the state’s unjust treatment of them, most notably the forced enrollment of more than 100,000 native students in state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them into white society.

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Counter-Recruiters Push for School Access

The No Child Left Behind Act forces high schools to allow military recruiters access to students. Counter-recruitment groups that pitch alternatives to military service are working around the country to try to limit the impact of the Pentagon’s $3.5-billion effort. One organization in the Los Angeles area is pushing, with some success, for equal access.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


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When Teachers Are the Dropouts

Much is made of the dropout rate in America’s schools, and usually it’s the students who are the focus of the discussion. But what happens when teachers themselves opt out of their roles in the classroom? [In this short analysis, Truthdig educational expert Paul Cummins looks at teachers’ heartbreak, frustration and depression.]

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Unmaking History

It’s time for those of us who are old enough to remember when the U.S. Supreme Court was a major force for racial integration and justice to stop living in the past. We need to realize that, for the foreseeable future, any progress our increasingly diverse country makes toward fairness and equality will come in spite of the nation’s highest court, not because of it.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Court Rejects Religious Vouchers Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the arguments of a conservative religious group that wants to use public funds to send students to religious schools.

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    Taking Back Our Schools—and Fixing Them

    The director of the Education Leadership Program at UCLA forcefully argues that public education funds must be diverted from bloated bureaucracies and redirected into the schools, where principals, teachers and parents can meaningfully influence what is being taught.

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


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    Anglican Leader: Don’t Teach Creationism in Schools

    Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England, emphatically criticizes the teaching of creationism in schools.

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    Boot Camps for Wayward Teens Go Unregulated Overseas

    Sketchy U.S. operators of “tough love” schools skirt American regulations by operating in other countries. Sorta like sketchy U.S. corporations that skirt American taxes by having mailboxes in other countries. AlterNet’s got the goods.

    Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


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