(Continued from “Cram School Business and Youth Frustration against Schools in Finland 1/2”) 2. YOUTH FRUSTRATION AGAINST SCHOOLS IN FINLAND Finland saw two major school shooting incidents in 2007 and in 2008 consecutively, which were the one at… 297 more words
Since I wrote the blog post on Finland education, I have come to take a little closer look at what is going on in Finland. 510 more words
This is an excerpt from Reclaiming Personalized Learning: A Guide to Restoring Equity and Humanity in Schools, available in August 2019 (Corwin Press). “Stories are data with a soul,” says Brené Brown, vulnerability and shame scholar. Too often, we forget this in schools. We forget that our own education is defined by the stories we tell […]
From last summer (now retrieved from the Drafts stash): As I was Googling dictée web pages, it occurred to me that listening to dictées at various levels could be good listening practice. I wonder if the dictées at tv5monde are good ?
All that glitters not gold? Criticisms of Finland’s education system. Finland scored high on the original PISA education assessment, but its scores have slipped in recent years. Critics argue that Finland’s success came from earlier education models, not from headline-making features like late start times, lack of homework, and absence of test assessment. Asia’s rigorous […]
February 26, 2019; New York Times School improvement is not easy. If more proof is needed, we can turn to New York City, where earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Renewal Program, his approach to improving the educational results in 100 targeted schools, had not met expectations and would not go…
The College Board is actually a nonprofit entity (EIN 13-1623965), but don’t let that fool you. The money is a-flowing, and for College Board’s top admin, testing is turning out to be quite the lucrative racket.
David Coleman, College Board
Let’s just consider some info from the College Board’s 2016 tax form.
Total revenue in 2016 was $916M, just shy of one billion dollars, $3.3M of which derived from government grants. The greatest revenue generator was “AP and instruction,” at $446M, followed by “assessments,” at $338M.
As for 2016 lobbying expenses: The College Board spent $2.3M (a drop in the billion-dollar bucket of its total revenue), with the following explanation:
The College Board contacts legislators and their staff to provide data and statistics on K-12 education and college admissions and to encourage them to support appropriations for education.
If your nonprofit breaks a billion in revenue, then $2M spent…
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I originally wrote about this in an October 2014 article published in Heartlander. I re-read it recently and decided it’s still true. I have reprinted it here with minor updates.
During a course in math teaching methods I took in ed school, I watched a video of a teacher leading his students to do a variety of tasks, ostensibly to teach them about factoring trinomials, such as x2 + 5x + 6. But rather than teaching factoring techniques, as is done in traditionally taught classes, the session was a mélange of algebra tiles (plastic squares and rectangles used to represent algebraic expressions) and a graph of the equation being factored (a parabola).
The teacher “facilitated” the class into making connections between the factored equation and where the graphed parabola crossed the x-axis. The class had not done factoring, quadratic equations, nor a host of other things that would have…
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In their annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates, as they have since 2001, give us the benefit of what they have learned from their work as philanthropists over the past year. This year, they titled their missive, “We Didn’t See This Coming,” letting the world in on things that, despite their great wisdom and experience,…
As intended, Common Core’s standards shape tests determining “college and career readiness.” But, unfortunately, they affect the preparation of teachers and administrators as well. How they do so is not well understood by most parents. The standards adopted by the Council for Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP) require all preparation programs for teachers and school…