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shoot4edu, Author at Shoot For Education

Children of the Unraveling

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He is a cautious and wary young man, creative and soft spoken. He can erupt in joy and laughter, but it’s always tempered. There’s little room for reckless abandon in a world of frequent change and unexpected loss.

No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

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Whether you are a parent in a “high performing” school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a “low performing” school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.

Diane Ravitch | Why Are Bill Gates & Betsy DeVos So Afraid of This Grandmother?

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 Diane Ravitch explains how public education is being damaged by the billionaires who want to destroy your community public schools.

Lost Arts

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Co-writer Kemala Karmen Deputy Director, Co-Founder NYCpublic   The trajectory of my life was forever changed by Eileen Daniel Riddle and James Gilchrist, two high school theater arts teachers who worked at my pre-busing, segregated suburban high school in the early 1970s. I was a struggling student, but they introduced me, and so many others, to what would become a lifelong passion. I made this film for all the teachers who pour their hearts into children, yet live in a …

Why Our Kids Don’t Love School Anymore

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On a weekend in December, I took a borrowed camera and lights and headed out to Montclair, New Jersey. All weekend long, one after another, public school parents and students tromped down the basement stairs in the home of an MCAS member. She and her fellow parent activists had assembled a diverse collection of urban and suburbanites, so that I could record their testimony. They wanted to talk about the changes that they were witnessing in their schools and in …

How to Opt Out of the NY State Tests

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A short, informational and fun primer on Refusing the Tests! Please Visit optoutnyc.com/opt-out/frequently-asked-questions-faq/ or NYC Opt Out on FACEBOOK!