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Oct 20, 12

I posted this last year, but just watched it again and decided to spread the love once more. Tony Wagner on...

  • The dominant regime for the past decade or more has been what is sometimes called accountability-based reform or, by many of its critics, "corporate education reform."
  • market-like competitive pressures (through the spread of charter schools and educational voucher programs) to provide public schools with incentives to improve.*
  • criticisms: the reforms have self-interest and profit motives, not educational improvement, as their basis; corporate interests are reaping huge benefits from these reform  initiatives and spending millions of dollars lobbying to keep those benefits flowing; three big foundations (Gates, Broad, and Walton Family) are funding much of the backing for the corporate reforms and are spending billions to market and sell reforms that don't work; ancillary goals of these reforms are to bust teacher unions, disempower educators, and reduce spending on public schools; standardized testing is enormously expensive in terms both of public expenditures and the diversion of instruction time to test prep; over a third of charter schools deliver "significantly worse" results for students than the traditional public schools from which they were diverted;

  • “Local control” has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since its earliest days, but a new report concludes the concept “has all but disappeared” in discussions of education policy.
  • In a healthy democracy, schools play a key role in preparing citizens
  • Despite Obama and Duncan’s rhetorical support for greater local control of schools, the reform instruments that their policies are based on are clearly antithetical to it,”

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  • The debate was hosted by hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University, and sponsored by Education Week. (Disclaimer: The Hechinger Report is published by an independent institute based at Teachers College.)
  • Obama’s standard arguments that investing in education will improve the economy.
  • it would be possible to reduce the country’s deficit by changing entitlement programs while leaving education spending alone.

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  • With so many ideas for education innovation and reform here at home, why should the United States pay attention to what school systems around the globe are doing? Veteran journalist Dan Rather recently posed that question to Linda Darling-Hammond, an expert in school redesign and teacher quality who was President Obama’s education adviser for his first presidential campaign.
  • In a democracy, "we all benefit or we all hurt," says Darling-Hammond, "depending on the education other people's kids get."

  • debunked the myth that students who drop out are reacting to the system as a whole: "For any student, the classroom they sit in is the education system and that's what they're dropping out of."
  • that change begins at the classroom level.
  • a ten-year plan

  • If schools are judged solely on data that are easily quantifiable, values are overlooked.
  • "Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." It's too bad that students are not taught this lesson.

  • What is education for? Is it for pouring facts and formulas into students’ heads, or is it for creating learners?
  • My research shows that an environment that emphasizes evaluation and testing creates a fixed mindset.
  • students believe that high effort advertises low ability

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  • That the state shut down Imagine Schools Inc. is a very good thing. The company's leadership clearly was more interested in making money than in improving public education in St. Louis.
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