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Smoky Mountain Smokescreen: A Tennessee Story

August 22, 2013

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My last post was about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s role in starving the Philadelphia school district into submission. The failure by deprivation of the city district has now been used as a basis for blaming the district and its employees – primarily teachers, for that failure. Of course, once the district has been quietly squeezed […]

Debunking Reformy “Messaging”: A Philadelphia Story

August 15, 2013

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Let’s take another trip back to Philadelphia for the day, because the reformy conversation around Philadelphia is just so darn illustrative of how reformy thinking works. Here’s a synopsis of the reformy approach to pushing pre-established, fact free, ideological reforms: Step 1: Create a story line Step 2: Find a poster child (school district, city, […]