It has been a heck of a year to be writing about education in the USA. Below I offer a catalog of my posts, organized around the big subjects that were our focus this year. I have authored 100 posts myself, featured two interviews -- Diane Ravitch and Doug Christensen, and 28 guest posts, mostly by teachers from around the country. We have engaged in several extended dialogues, most notably with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. This blog has also hosted debates with proponents of charter schools, value-added models and a Teaching Ambassador Fellow from the Department of Education. One, The Media’s War on Teachers, was nominated “Most Influential Blog Post” on the Edublogs Awards. Here, organized by topic, are this year’s posts.
Teachers’ Unions and Due Process
One Parent Acts to Protect Her Son: No Tests for Connor (guest post: Sahila Changebringer)
Visions of Great Teaching and Learning
Herb Kohl: How About a Race to Equity? (guest post)
What do we Want Instead? Part 1 and Part 2
The Power of a Simple Idea: “Learn by Doing”
Teachers and Education Reform: Can We Get Beyond “NO!” ? (guest post: David Orphal)
A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers: Now, more than Ever (guest post: Ken Goodman)
Teachers’ Voices and the Political Process of Education “Reform”
Diane Ravitch: Organized, We Will Be Heard (interview)
Jesse is Walking to Washington, DC (guest post: Jesse Turner)
They Don’t Really Care About Us
Florida Teachers on Fire over SB 6
From Facebook to YouTube: A Teachers’ Movement is Born
Dave Russell: Misguided: Education’s Biggest Myth (Guest post)
An Educator’s Despair: Why Aren’t we Talking About This? (guest post, Robin Barre)
Talking into a Tin Can on a string 3000 miles long: Our Talk with Duncan
Hello, This is Arne Duncan Calling...
Education Reform Has Jumped the Shark
Will the REAL Education Reformers Stand Up?
Education Nation Frustration: Why WERE (some) Teachers and Parents Blocked?
Teachers and Education Policy: Two Voices in Dialogue: Part 3
Ken Mortland: Education Reform Facts You Rarely Hear (guest post)
School Reconstitutions, Turnarounds & Closures
A Letter from Los Angeles: How Not to Fix a School (guest post: Scott Banks)
Fremont High, Day 136: Life Lessons from a Reconstitution (guest post: Chuck Olynyk)
The Battle for Fremont High (guest post: Chuck Olynyk)
How does it feel to be “Reconstituted”? (guest post: Chuck Olynyk)
A Casualty in the War on Public Education (guest post: Chuck Olynyk)
The Devil in the Details: Hard Lessons from a School That Turned Around (guest post: Chuck Olynyk)
Turnaround Models: The Pathology of Failure (guest post: Sabrina Stevens Shupe)
The Impact of Poverty & Race
Stephen Krashen: Children need food, health care, and books. Not new standards and tests. (guest post)
Achievement Gap Mystery Partly Solved - It’s Murder
/achievement_gap_mystery_partly.htmlThe Education Reformers: Willfully Blind
I’ve Worked at Schools on Both Sides Now: Rich and Poor (guest post, Krista Calvin)
Oprah: Do You Have the Courage to Listen to Teachers? (guest post: Valerie Pientka)
Performance Pay, Teacher Evaluation and Value Added
(nominated Most Influential Blog Post on the Edublog Awards)
How Should We Motivate Teachers? The Debate over Incentives
You Say Charter -- I Say Semi-Private School (guest post: Steve Neat)
Questioning College for All
Satire and Beyond
What do you think? What was your favorite post of the year?
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