Go figure: The more we test, the worse student achievement gets

ASCD Inservice recently quoted a legislative aide bemoaning how little emphasis NCLB has placed on secondary schools, specifically on increasing the…


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Fighting against fundamentalism. . .

One of the most interesting assertions that Anthony Muhammad makes in his new book Transforming School Culture:  How to Overcome Staff Division is…


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Yes, end of year community building

Ideally, perhaps, I wouldn't be doing this now.  My classes would be well-functioning machines with students who acted out of care for one another at…


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Voicethread, Muhammad and staff division

As regular Radical readers know, we're currently preparing to hold a conversation with author Anthony Muhammad (see here and here) about his new book…


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Fresh Air on Education Reform

"..the truth shall set you free." If you haven't yet, check out Ronald Wolk's editorial in EdWeek, "Why We're Still At Risk: The Legacy of Five…


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A review of Transforming School Culture

In preparation for our upcoming conversation with school change expert Anthony Muhammad about the actions that school leaders can take to overcome…


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Upcoming conversation with Anthony Muhammad

Faced with constantly mounting pressure from parents and policymakers, leaders at the local, state and national level are constantly pushing for…


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Looking for standards in all the wrong places

Know that queasy feeling you get just before you throw up? I'm almost there with all these politicians harping about the need for national……


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Spotting the Elusive 21st Century student. . .

One of my former students who has moved on to 8th grade sent me the following email a few days ago: Mr. Ferriter, In science, we have been assigned…


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