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(Click on any topic title below for all articles in that category in reverse chronological order – only the most recent or important articles are listed below)

Education News

  1. How Can We Reclaim Our Public Schools??
  2. Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program
  3. Video of Diane Ravitch Speech to the California Association of School Boards
  4. A Wake-Up Call Re California Public Schools!
  5. Never Believe Educational Experts (or Me)!
  6. SMFCSD Board President Nancy Hsieh Resigns
  7. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  8. Local “Design Tech” High School in the New York Times

 

Teacher Salaries

  1. IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Seeks Community Input on School Finances
  2. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  3. SMFCSD Settles Contract Dispute with Teachers, But What Comes Next???
  4. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse

 

Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. Here We Go Again….
  2. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series

 

AP Class Crisis

  1. Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program
  2. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  3. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  4. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  5. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  6. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  7. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  8. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes

 

College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

 

Top Ten Most Read Articles

  1. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  2. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  3. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  4. “Educators laud test success” – Give me a break!!!!
  5. Back to School – Changes at Aragon HS
  6. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  7. How to Get in to Harvard
  8. No Last Minute Miracle for Measure Y 🙁
  9. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  10. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC

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Never Believe Educational Experts (or Me)!

I originally posted this article to my neighborhood Nextdoor.com before I started this blog. This and other related early articles are archived at http://www.kristutoring.com/Mission.html. Because I reference this particular article so frequently, I am reproducing it here. It is one of the most important pieces that I have written.

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Video of Diane Ravitch Speech to the California Association of School Boards

I wrote about this speech several days ago at A Wake-Up Call Re California Public Schools! which contains the prepared text of the speech.  Now the video has been posted at her blog.

Dr. Ravitch, a former Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration and a professor of education history at New York University , presents a powerful indictment of the forces arraigned against public education, portraying an attack on our democracy, and reveals shocking information about the misuse of public funds by charter schools in California.

Every taxpayer in the state should watch this speech!

 

 

 

Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program

A state science test deadline ends an excellent regular physics class at Aragon HS and pushes too many students into AP Physics.

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A Wake-Up Call Re California Public Schools!

Prominent education historian Diane Ravitch gives a dire warning regarding public education in California. Also a preview of an upcoming article on Aragon’s physics program.

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IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Seeks Community Input on School Finances

Our local K-8 school district urgently needs your feedback on resolving their financial problems.

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