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Marion Brady, "Beyond Tests: How to foster imagination in students

Beyond tests: How to foster imagination in studentsTeachers teach to tests. Up until a few years ago, that wasn’t a problem because most teachers wrote their own. When business leaders convinced…Continue

Started Nov 23, 2013

The Biggest Weakness Of Common Core, Marion Brady
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The Biggest Weakness of the Common Coreby Marion BradyA particular interest of mine has long been what kids are taught in the early years of adolescence. No surprise, then, that when the Common Core…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rogier Gregoire Nov 7, 2013.

There is a "calmed down" version of Marion's article in the Washington Post today

(A somewhat "calmer" version of this appears today on the Washington Post's The Answer Sheet.)Marion__________________An any-century curriculum The big new thing in education reform is the Common…Continue

Started Jun 12, 2013

The right -----and the wrong role----for teachers. By Marion Brady

By Marion BradyBill Gates spent$45 million trying to find out what makes a school teacher effective. I’ve studied his Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, and think it ignores a matter of…Continue

Started Apr 15, 2013

 

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The Procedure, and how it is harming education , by Marion Brady

Washington Post , “The Answer Sheet” blog by Valerie Strauss Posted January 12, 2014‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming educationBy Marion BradyIn a Wall Street Journal op-ed (i), high-profile education reformer Lou Gerstner, Jr., wrote, “We must start with the recognition that, despite decade after decade of reform efforts, our public K- 12 schools have not improved.”In a speech to the American Federation of Teachers (ii), multi-billionaire Bill Gates agreed, saying the United States has…See More
Jan 13
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Marion Brady, "Beyond Tests: How to foster imagination in students

Beyond tests: How to foster imagination in studentsTeachers teach to tests. Up until a few years ago, that wasn’t a problem because most teachers wrote their own. When business leaders convinced Congress that teachers couldn’t be trusted, testing was handed over to commercial manufacturers.Those paying attention know that the high-stakes testing craze has pushed hundreds of thousands of kids out of school, trivialized learning, radically limited teacher ability to adapt to learner differences,…See More
Nov 23, 2013
Rogier Gregoire replied to cindy fadel's discussion The Biggest Weakness Of Common Core, Marion Brady
"I wrote the following response to Marion who I admire. "
Nov 7, 2013
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The Biggest Weakness Of Common Core, Marion Brady

The Biggest Weakness of the Common Coreby Marion BradyA particular interest of mine has long been what kids are taught in the early years of adolescence. No surprise, then, that when the Common Core Standards went public, I clicked on the standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and scrolled down to pages 61 and 62, where you can find lists of standards for different grades.Let’s look at the standards for 9th and 10th graders. There are two lists for the…See More
Nov 7, 2013
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The Ultimate Education Reform, Marion Brady

Another great piece in thecWashinton Post by Marion Brady.Well worth the read !!!Cindy Gilbert-Fadel shared a link.about a minute ago near Battle Creekhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/14/the-ultimate-education-reform/The ultimate education reformwww.washingtonpost.comThe ultimate education reformPosted by Valerie…See More
Nov 14, 2012
Connie Weber replied to cindy fadel's discussion THE NINTH PROBLEM WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS, MARION BRADY
"  Marion Brady is a voice of sensibility in this troubled age of education. Thanks, Cindy, for sharing the post, and thanks, Ian, for the central (alarming) conclusion of the article, and for your thoughts on non-educators' position of…"
Sep 26, 2012
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THE NINTH PROBLEM WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS, MARION BRADY

By Marion BradyOn August 15, the Washington Post’s “The Answer Sheet” ran a column by me titled “Eight Problems with the Common Core Standards.”Marc Tucker, long-time major player in the current test-based education reform effort, in an Education Week “Top Performers” blog, took me to task with a piece called “8 Problems With the Common Core State Standards? I Don’t Think So.”My Washington Post piece was a little over 1,000 words. Mr. Tucker’s response was twice that. If I were to respond point…See More
Sep 17, 2012
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GREAT ARTICLE BY SUSAN OHANIAN AND MARION BRADY ........Outing ACT: Test-and-Punish Doesn't Educate, but It's Profitable for Testing Companies

On Sep 7, 2012, at 2:54 PM, "Marion Brady" wrote:Outing ACT: Test-and-Punish Doesn't Educate, but It's Profitable for Testing CompaniesFriday, 07 September 2012 00:00 By Susan Ohanian and Marion Brady, Truthout | News AnalysisFuture historians, trying to explain why America, at the turn of the 21st century, chose a path to education reform that made catastrophe all but inevitable, will have a difficult time unraveling the tangled weave of ideology, ignorance, hubris, secrecy, naiveté, greed and…See More
Sep 8, 2012
cindy fadel replied to cindy fadel's discussion Marion Brady, Washington Post
"Thanks Connie, I keep hoping it will spark an interesting discussion. I am sure Marion would participate. He doesn't mind being challenged. In Fact, he may enjoy it:))"
Aug 15, 2012
Connie Weber replied to cindy fadel's discussion Marion Brady, Washington Post
"A good, make-you-think kind of blog, something we've come to expect from Marion Brady. Thanks, Cindy. Good of you to keep us up to date on Marion's posts--"
Aug 15, 2012
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Marion Brady, Washington Post

E.D. Hirsch, Jr.'s book, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, was published March 1, 1987.So it was probably in March of that year when, sitting at a dining room table in an apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, my host-a publishing executive, friend, and fellow West Virginian-said he'd just bought the book. He hadn't read it yet, but wondered how Hirsch's list of 5,000 things he thought every American should know differed from a list we Appalachian hillbillies might…See More
Aug 13, 2012
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EDUCATIONS BIGGEST DESIGN FLAW, MARION BRADY

Education�s biggest design flawBy Valerie StraussThis was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.By Marion BradyI live on the west bank of the Indian River Lagoon on Florida�s East Coast. Across the Lagoon, in the distance, is Kennedy Space Center. For years, I walked out on my dock and watched space shuttle launches.On a clear, cold January day in 1986, a little before noon, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off the pad. Seventy-three seconds…See More
Jul 30, 2012
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Marion Brady, The biggest problem with traditional schooling

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS. IT IS SO IMPORTANT.This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.By Marion BradyFairtest, Parents Across America, Save Our Schools, United Opt-Out National, and regional groups such as Fund Education Now, are fighting to stop the corporate takeover of public education. It’s a David-Goliath match.They’re up against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the…See More
Jun 13, 2012
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Marion Brady, A radical idea to transform what kids learn in school

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/15/2012A radical idea to transform what kids learn in schoolBy Valerie StraussThis was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.By Marion BradyExxon-Mobil is airing education-reform television ads. In the one I’ve seen most often, implicit and explicit messages are simple and clear: (a) We live in a dangerous, technologically complex world. (b) Our lives, liberties, and happiness hinge on our ability to cope with that…See More
May 15, 2012
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WHAT STANDARDIZED TESTS SHOULD ASSESS, BY MARION BRADY

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012What standardized tests should assessBy Valerie StraussThis was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author. This first appeared on truth-out.org .By Marion BradyIf you fly, thank Myron Tribus for helping make your flight safer. He played a major role in the development of the equipment that keeps airliner wings free of ice.Myron was a captain in the Army Air Force during World War II. Later, he was a gas turbine…See More
Mar 22, 2012
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WHY ARE STRONG READERS BEING LABELED REMEDIAL, MARION BRADY

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/25/2012Why are strong readers being labeled remedial?By Valerie StraussThis was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.By Marion BradyI began teaching history at the high school level in the fall of 1952. It wasn’t by choice. I hadn’t majored in the subject in college. It had always been just another required hoop to jump through.But the school was small, and all the teachers had multiple preparations. I was assigned two…See More
Feb 25, 2012

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The Procedure, and how it is harming education , by Marion Brady

Washington Post , “The Answer Sheet” blog by Valerie Strauss Posted January 12, 2014



‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education



By Marion Brady



In a Wall Street Journal op-ed (i), high-profile education reformer Lou Gerstner, Jr., wrote, “We must start with the recognition that, despite decade after decade of reform efforts, our public K- 12 schools have not improved.”



In a speech to the American Federation of Teachers (ii), multi-billionaire… Continue

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 4:52pm

WHAT STANDARDIZED TESTS SHOULD ASSESS, BY MARION BRADY

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

What standardized tests should assess

By Valerie Strauss

This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author. This first appeared on truth-out.org .



By Marion Brady



If you fly, thank Myron Tribus for helping make your flight safer. He played a major role in the development of the equipment that keeps airliner wings free of ice.



Myron was a captain in the Army Air Force… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 9:00am

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If Lady Gaga Can be Useful

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, is no doubt one of the most successful global super stars. She has over 13 millions twitter followers and 40 million Facebook fans. Her YouTube video “Bad Romance” has accrued over 411 million views and …

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Posted on September 11, 2011 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

WARNING LEARNING THEORIES: CHOOSE YOURS

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Warring learning theories: Choose yours



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Posted on August 29, 2011 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

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At 1:16pm on December 26, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Cindy,
Thanks for all you do on Fireside! Hey, I reposted your sharing of Marion Brady's article in a forum: "Marion Brady's "The education reform train is off track" --in Washington Post"
I hope we can get a discussion going about it, and hope that Marion joins in!
At 8:26pm on October 25, 2009, Martha Russell said…
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At 10:18pm on September 10, 2009, cindy fadel said…
If it is possible to have a curriculum for this philosophy of education, it is surely Marion Brady's " Integrated Systems" curriculum, available free of change on his website. It is the closest thing I have seen to a guide that facilitates this type of learning.
At 10:11pm on September 10, 2009, cindy fadel said…
Hi Mike,
Thanks for asking. Unschooling may have a bit different definition to each person. I think the one common thread for most unschoolers is that we believe if you get in touch with the world around you, and become an observer of your would, learning happens holistically and is driven by desire. This starts at birth. Do we teach our babies to walk and eat, no they discover it!! If a child is given freedom to explore and be in touch with what Rudolf Steiner calls " free will" learning will be a natural desire and instinct and will lead one toward their passion. Learning will be holistic and joyful. From my own experience, it can be almost magical.
If you look at Rudolf Steiner's work and the writings of John Holt they do a wonderful job of leading the way to unschooling. It is really a lifestyle where families learn together seizing curiosity and savoring it.
Sometimes the attempt to " educate someone" can strip them of this quest for discovery and passion. If that happens Ivan Illich does a wonderful job of leading us back to discovery.
Because an unschooler does not rely upon text books to " teach " in individual subjects but rather find the relevance by using a seamless approach of application in real world experience and observation, many see us as doing " nothing " when in fact we are engaged in DOING.
At 9:49pm on September 10, 2009, Mike said…
Hi Cindy... hope this finds you well and welcome...

Please share with us a bit about un-schooling.... love the term!

be well...mike
At 11:08am on September 7, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Cindy,
Welcome!
Learner-centered education? How radical. ;-)
Let's get talking about ideas--your experience will add a lot to the mix here.
 
 
 

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