“The two reports focus on randomized studies of the effects of vouchers on education outcomes and both conclude that vouchers have positive impacts. However, both reports are marred by a number of serious problems and errors, including not addressing the shortcomings of the theoretical underpinnings of vouchers, methods that bias the selections of studies to review, misrepresentations of the body of evidence represented in the research literature, and failure to acknowledge the limitations of their approaches.
Professor Lubienski concludes that the manifold serious flaws of each report undercut the trustworthiness of their conclusions and negate any utility for policymakers.”
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Then, follow the links to the full reports from there.
Dr Diane Ravitch writes: Irony: on the same day that the New York Times reports that charters and competition have caused an unprecedented collapse of education in Detroit, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Walton Family Foundation (Walmart) will pump another $250 million this year alone into starting more new charters. The Waltons–who are all billionaires–are doubling down on failure. They are doing to public schools what Walmart does to communities: destroying the competition, disrupting the community, and targeting public education for privatization. [ 74 more words. ]
As Detroit’s Schools Collapse, Walton Billionaires Put Another $250 Million into Charter Expansion
While American salaries aren’t the lowest, many other countries not only pay better, but the gap is really, really big.
The simple summary: Other countries make teaching a more financially attractive career for college graduates than we do.
The facts are the facts. But allow me to predict one response to these facts: “Teachers aren’t motivated by money, they teach because they love it.” Often true. And I’ve noticed that the people who say that teachers teach for love are quite often themselves very good teachers. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine someone who teaches well who doesn’t like their students. However, it’s very easy to imagine many, many potential teachers—who would also love their students just as much—who have made the decision to forego a teaching career in order to better provide for their family.
Dollars aren’t the only thing that determines career choice. Prestige and working conditions matter too. (Finland pays a fair amount better than the U.S. The prestige attached to being a teacher is enormously higher.) My guess is that being a teacher has both more prestige and better working conditions in other industrialized countries than here at home. (How do administrators treat teachers? How do parents treat teachers? Heck even, how do students treat teachers?) No data though, so either facts or anecdotes from those who know more about teaching in other countries are in order.
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Given a theme as dramatic and consequential as America’s financial collapse, many filmmakers have risen to the challenge of going behind the headlines to tell important stories and make critical points that need to be shared if we’re to learn anything from the crisis. Below are some of those important movies and documentaries. Please share your own favorite financial-themed films in the comments below.
Much has been made in recent weeks of Omar Mateen’s background. The perpetrator of the Orlando, Fla., massacre was alternately a “radical Islamist,” a deeply closeted gay man, a wife abuser, a mental case, everybody’s best friend in high school and a loser. The list goes on. But what the mainstream media—and the government, for that matter—have not talked about is the fact that Mateen was employed at the time of his crime by G4S, a London-based company that is one of the largest mercenary firms in the world, with intelligence contractors deployed in war zones and hot spots around the globe.
This could be a coincidence. Or it could be something more sinister. Was Mateen some sort of Manchurian candidate, for example?
For now, nobody is talking.
The public, however, has a right to know what is going on in the shady world of intelligence contracting.
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(What would Matt Damon’s Mom say? Listen in to find out!)
Can you believe some some people now want to measure such things as joy and determination with standardized tests? Really? Joy and a standardized test? How about authentic assessment? What say you Nancy?
Feature Interview: Dr. Jill Stein,
Green Party presidential candidate
“Presumptive Nominees” Trump and Clinton. But what about Stein? Wait till you hear her powerfulideas on public education!
Fully Leaded Education News: Trump the bully Activist of the Week: Emily Kaplan (blogger for Defending the Early Years) — Not just teaching, but making public all things troubling about schools! What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say (WWMDMS): You have to listen to what Nancy Says about Donald Trump? GASP!! Moment of Zinn