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With testing, where do we go from here?

Tweet As always, remember that John’s book The Influence of Teachers is for sale at Amazon. Forget cheating on tests for a minute and think about the concept of ‘teaching to the test.’ Just what does that mean? The usual line (which I have used myself) goes something like this: “It’s OK if it’s a [...]

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Who’s the most influential educator in America?

John nominated four people for the title of “Most Influential Educator in America” as spring turned to summer — Joel Klein, Arne Duncan, Big Bird and Wendy Kopp. In this blog entry, he fleshes out each candidate and names some new contenders, while inviting readers to weigh in.

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The play’s the thing

John Merrow writes of an important life lesson he learned as a teacher in 1966.

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A speech I’d like to hear

John Merrow pens a speech for an important educational figure, and invites you — the reader — to do the same.

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Test question — can you spell ‘blackmail?’

Tweet As always, remember that John’s book The Influence of Teachers is for sale at Amazon. If memory serves, years ago a group of students at a California high school deliberately filled in incorrect answers on a test the state used to evaluate its schools, thereby guaranteeing that the school would sink in the rankings. [...]

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The international divide

Is the United States doing right by its students?

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E.D. Hirsch, Mike Smith and Linda Katz offer insights on reading development

On Monday, John Merrow wrote in his Taking Note blog about a new campaign to promote grade-level reading readiness by the third grade; in this installment of Taking Note, days later, he gets feedback from E.D. Hirsch, Mike Smith and Linda Katz on reading development.

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