Testing in Schools Isn’t Working

July 8th, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor Testing has become the end-all, be-all of the public education reform movement. The idea seems quite sensible, that holding students (and teachers) to certain objective standards incentivizes both of these stakeholders to work harder and achieve their goals. It also seems reasonable to use the results of those tests as measures […]


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How To Teach Students to Cheat

July 7th, 2011

By Dan Miller This article reports that there’s something rotten in Atlanta: Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of […]


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In Public Education, It’s the Family, Stupid

March 21st, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor I love it when I’m right (a rarity, some would argue), or rather, when there is compelling evidence supporting a controversial position I’ve taken. This post is one of those moments. I have argued in previous posts that the billions of dollars being spent on public education reform at the school […]


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Seven Reasons I Really Dislike Public Education Reform

August 19th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Anyone who follows my posts on public education reform (here’s a good place for a primer) knows that I am not a fan of the Obama administration’s public education initiatives, including Race to the Top. The programs are, in my view, mislabeled, misdirected, and misguided. I would have used the word […]


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