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How Bad is The Test? English Teachers Count the Ways

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A group of Brooklyn Tech teachers do not mince words when it comes to reviewing a test whose sole purpose was to rate them: "Not only is this test a waste of students’ time and taxpayers’ money, it is also an invalid way to evaluate teachers."

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Not Public School As We Remember It

Monday, November 18, 2013

Author John Owens offers a scathing view of what gets lost when new schools open with sweeping promises but scarce resources. Schools focused solely on academics suffer. It's the "extra" programs like theater or sports that make a school complete.

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A Teacher’s View: We Need the Reforms

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A teacher who supports recent reforms in the schools speaks out, and takes on the claims of the opposition. "It turns out that much of the rhetoric against the Common Core standards is just that: rhetoric," he says. "Their claims have been repeatedly debunked, but they continue to crop up, reminding us that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on."

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Teacher: Art is the Heart of My School

Friday, October 04, 2013

At the Collegiate Institute For Math and Science, we have an oasis for our students: the art room. With colorful art literally hanging from the ceiling and sunlight flooding the space, many students do not want to leave, and ask if they can stay an extra period or after school.

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Opinion: NYC Teachers Want Excellence Too

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Education is my thing. I read everything I see about it. But I’m weary of seeing the same message over and over. Billionaire-funded education groups that aim to "reform" our schools seem to sneer at teachers’ experience, and support firing teachers using methods that are not supported by scientific research. They talk about us like we champion mediocrity.

That is far from the truth. 

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