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What School Safety Reports Ignore: Reducing Class Size

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. Teachers must be given smaller class sizes so they can get to know their students. Without addressing class size reduction, other solutions are piecemeal and likely not to have the best effect on … Continue reading What School Safety Reports Ignore: Reducing Class Size

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A Close Reading of Moneyball for Government & Why You Should Be Worried

But the idea of using “data” to ration resources struck a cord with both Democrats and Republicans. Politicians couldn’t resist the opportunity to use a real David vs. Goliath baseball story to sell the American public on lowering their expectations … Continue reading A Close Reading of Moneyball for Government & Why You Should Be Worried

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The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

At the beginning of the school year, I went to a showing of Most Likely to Succeed in Bellevue, Washington. I was irritated by the premise that High Tech High – which has been heavily subsidized by Gates – was … Continue reading The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

Making Sense of the Student Debt Crisis: Education Reform is Robbing Us Blind and Helping No One

  It’s not just the tech industries, the testing and text book industries and the data crunchers and education reform managers and cheerleaders and edu-investors making billions of dollars. The U.S. student debt market is growing whereby student debt is … Continue reading Making Sense of the Student Debt Crisis: Education Reform is Robbing Us Blind and Helping No One

An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient – it takes a little bit of time for the … Continue reading An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

What was to be a forum presented by the League of Women Voters and the Seattle PTA with some of our state representatives there to field questions on funding for public schools quickly turned into a rally when a teacher from Nathan Hale High School brought down the house while talking about the SBAC and its unfairness to students and families. At the end of his speech, parents started chanting “Opt out, opt out, opt out!” and stomping their feet. Soon, the entire gymnasium exploded with excitement as the chant caught on and everyone was on their feet clapping, stamping … Continue reading Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

Class Size and the Seattle Education Association Contract Negotiations

It’s contract bargaining time again for Seattle Public School teachers and one important aspect on the table this year is class size. The district wants to increase class sizes, not for budgetary reasons, but as they put it, due to issues of “capacity”. I have to smile to myself about this because just a few years ago, there was a big push by our former Broad superintendent and her school board contingent to close schools. A costly and pointless exercise that created an even greater demand for classroom space the following year. Bill Gates and other ed reformers have said … Continue reading Class Size and the Seattle Education Association Contract Negotiations