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Lipstick On A Pig
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Lipstick On A Pig

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There are a number of phrases and rhetorical statements that may be used to describe the vanity that exists when one wants to exude an image for which there is simply no underlying basis. A British sitcom of the mid 1990’s named Keeping Up Appearances captured that idea. In that show, Hyacinth Bucket…

Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure
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Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure

BY JOHN THOMPSON Even many of the staunchest pro-charter corporate reformers are criticizing virtual charters for their poor outcomes and draining resources from public schools. For instance, Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, criticizes the high rates of “churn” they contribute to, their low graduation rates, and low levels of student…

With Friends Like These
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With Friends Like These

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The more things change, the more they stay the same. Warren G. Harding, America’s 29thpresident once famously said, “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends … they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights.” President Harding,…

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,…

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