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What’s Really Required To Improve Schools
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What’s Really Required To Improve Schools

BY JOHN THOMPSON During MAPS for Kids, one of the nation’s top education experts, the Chicago Consortium for School Research’s John Q. Easton, told us that no school improvement effort has ever worked without trusting relationships. This was the time, the 1990s, when test-driven, market-driven school reform began dismissing the social science and the traditional…

Tackling The Challenges Of Our Global World
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Tackling The Challenges Of Our Global World

BY JOHN THOMPSON Here are a retired teacher’s suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for educators, school patrons, and students, as well as anyone else seeking a better Oklahoma. I’ll start with the easy ones. First, ask yourself when you last heard anyone who has been in our schools who said anything nice about standardized testing. Then,…

‘The Power Of We’
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‘The Power Of We’

BY JOHN THOMPSON Walking into the recent Oklahoma Department of Education conference It Starts Here: Trauma-Informed Instruction Summit, it was clear that this event would be different than so many symposiums during the corporate school reform era. Ordinarily, the hallway is full of breakfast foods and tables of deep-pocketed education consultants. During this time of…

‘It Is About Our Kids’
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‘It Is About Our Kids’

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two essays by veteran Oklahoma educators analyzing State Question 779, the proposed one percent sales tax increase for public education that will appear on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot. The second essay will be posted tomorrow. Both first appeared in the September edition of The Oklahoma Observer. BY…

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