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Category: Teaching Social Justice

ESSA Proves Education on the Backburner

In December 2015, with a stroke of the executive pen, President Obama enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ending thirteen years of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Act renewed funding for elementary and secondary schools, and removed old standards for over 50 million students, 3.5 million teachers, and 100 thousand schools nationwide. In […]

The Zuck Stops Here

By now, most people know Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of the-application-responsible-for-making-you-think-you-live-an-unfulfilling-life) and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, announced they’re giving away roughly 99% of their wealth (about $45 billion) to charity. In their letter, they highlighted “personalized learning” as an initiative the charity will focus on. I’ve read and heard mixed opinions, which is a good […]

ESSA Gets “Developing” on My Rubric

The final draft of the “No Child Left Behind” rewrite is heading to Congress for a vote. With another persuasive title, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) takes one step forward from the two steps back taken with “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) and “Race to the Top” (RTTP). I really think we should take […]

Adjusting for Poverty

In a recent NYT article, Eduardo Porter outlines the Economic Policy Institute’s report whose findings conclude that once U.S. students’ PISA scores are adjusted for social status, we’re actually doing significantly better than we thought we were. “Then the researchers divided students into groups depending on the number of books in their homes, a measure […]

Kindergarten Cops

When I was in kindergarten, I absolutely loved when my teacher provided me with a clear, descriptive rubric aligned to Common Core Learning Standards with every assignment. If you think I’m joking, it’s because I am. CCLS didn’t exist when I was in Kindergarten. I remember playing with Legos, building toy railroad circuits, drawing and […]

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