Why is Washington in denial? Fear of Michelle Rhee’s wrath? An unwavering commitment to 2007’s great narrative about the fearless young reformer who “challenged failing schools and incompetent teachers”? I wish I knew the answer.
What follows is the story of a missing memo, numerous attempts to unearth it using the Freedom of Information Act, confidential sources, apparently lost email, and new questions about Michelle Rhee’s decision not to investigate widespread erasures on an important standardized test during her first year in Washington, DC.
Adell Cothorne, the former DC principal who appears in our Frontline film, “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” was one of the few educators willing to speak on the record about the widespread erasures during Michelle Rhee’s tenure – and what she has to say is important.
by John Merrow on 05. Jan, 2012 in 2012 Predictions, 2012 Presidential race, Arne Duncan, Cheating, Early Childhood Education, Education Philosophies, Education Wars, Educational Language, Last In First Out, Michelle Rhee, Politics, Pre-K Education, Preschool, President Obama, Standardized tests, Teacher Training, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, innovation, parenting, teachers unions, teaching, technology
Is the year — with a Presidential election on tap — that we finally have broad discussions on the new role of public education?
by John Merrow on 21. Dec, 2011 in 2012 Presidential race, Arne Duncan, Current Events, Diane Ravitch, Early Childhood Education, Education Nation, Education Philosophies, Education Wars, Educational Language, Last In First Out, Michelle Rhee, Pre-K Education, Preschool, President Obama, Standardized tests, Teacher Training, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, pbs newshour, teachers unions, technology
John Merrow’s last blog post of 2011 looks at what we should be thankful for — and what we still have to worry about.
by John Merrow on 17. Nov, 2011 in Arne Duncan, Early Childhood Education, Education Wars, Educational Language, Politics, Standardized tests, Talking the talk, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, innovation, race, teachers unions, teaching
In some cases, advice like “stop” or “slow down” can be BAD for those involved — and this is the case more often than not in some education discussions.
John Merrow looks to the World Series for inspiration on an idea about teaching.
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