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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

Closing the Loop: Creating Tests and the Content Tested

For centuries, imperial China endured an examination system that created a putative meritocracy of imperial bureaucrats.  Based on a carefully curated body of knowledge, it created a cognoscenti with no … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 7 Comments

The Cost of For-Profit Education

Writing in The New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson observes: In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Selling Us The Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo

Back in 1962, when I was first inhaling huge gulps of pop music, there was a song by Dr. Feelgood and the Interns that would occasionally surface on Atlanta top-40 … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Adjuncting for Dummies: The Novel

About a month ago, Hank Reichman posted on Become a Part-Time Professor: Live and Teach Anywhere You Like by Lesa Hammond. At the end, Reichman suggested that Hammond might want to find … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · 9 Comments

Good Riddance to the Common Core Tests!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few years ago, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, David Coleman, and a merry band of policy wonks had a grand plan. The non-governmental…

July 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Standards Versus Students?

My father used to ask for a student volunteer to come to the chalkboard the first day of the semester. He would then ask that student to draw a line … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Northern splits adjunct faculty pay without telling them

Originally posted on The Northern Issue:
Adjunct faculty members at Northern New Mexico College were very surprised when they saw their first summer pay stub this past week. “My first…

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Wendy Lecker: How “Disruptive Innovation” Harmed the Children of Hartford

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Wendy Lecker shows in this important article how corporate reformers impose “disruptive innovation” on struggling schools and communities. They close schools, take over…

July 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Real Teaching? It Starts With the Students

This morning, a team of my students presented on the value of comedy in society. It was a fine presentation: They even cited a number of studies concluding that laughter … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment
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