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Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary. Here are some facts that emerged from yesterday’s Senate confirmation hearing: She called the public school systems a “dead end” even though she did not attend a public school, did not send her children to public schools, and never taught in a public school.  She has…

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Attention politicians, policy wonks, educational advocates, professors of education, and anyone else who wants to have a say in education: “Every human being who wants to have an opinion of American education ought to spend some time as a substitute teacher.” – Nicholson Baker, the author of Substitute, who served as a substitute teacher for…

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The most common response to a piece I wrote last month entitled 12 Things Teachers Think But Can’t Always Say to Parents was a suggested addition to the list. It was phrased in many ways, oftentimes sarcastically, and it generally went something like this: Your child is not as gifted as you think he or…

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I have many goals as a teacher, but my primary goal, is to make school a fun and memorable place that kids want to return to daily. I want my students to despise Saturday and Sunday. I want them to lament the approach of summer vacation. Lofty and perhaps unattainable goals, but ones I strive…

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The New York Times recently ran a piece on the soaring cost of college: For all borrowers, the average debt in 2011 was $23,300, with 10 percent owing more than $54,000 and 3 percent more than $100,000, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports. Average debt for bachelor degree graduates who took out loans…

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