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Education for the people


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John Thompson
The victories of Republican State Superintendent candidate Joy Hofmeister and the two Democrats, John Cox and Freda Deskin, are a part of the grassroots revolt by liberals and conservatives against test-driven, market-driven school “reform.”
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Public schools need improvement now


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John Thompson

School “reform” is a legacy of “liberal PTSD from losing the War on Poverty.”

 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Student testing has lost its focus


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John Thompson
With spring break, public schools transition from the disgusting winter test prep season to the spring bubble-in test and punish season. Learning has stagnated throughout the humiliating last weeks of teach-to-the-test remediation.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Enterprise schools work best


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John Thompson
Fifteen years ago, participating in MAPS for Kids, I supported school choice. The first generation of choice benefited thousands of Oklahoma City students who attended selective magnet, charter and enterprise schools.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

School values don’t fit into a single score


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John Thompson
It is no surprise that the release of this year’s Oklahoma A-F school report cards again has been a fiasco.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

‘No tolerance’ doesn’t teach


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John Thompson
The bipartisan MAPS for Kids Student Achievement Committee knew that Oklahoma City could not increase student performance without first creating safe and orderly schools. We also knew that would be our toughest challenge.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

OKC schools need real change

We must teach kids to be students, and that cannot be done with quick fixes.


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John Thompson
After more than 35 years in the education realm, retiring Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer said that he is most proud of three policies he helped implement.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Avoiding a fiasco in education


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John Thompson
Nationally, a train wreck is coming to urban school systems. That disaster is much less likely in Oklahoma, however, and we must give state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi credit for that.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Common sense about Common Core


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John Thompson
Being an educator has become like drinking water from a fire hose. Oklahoma City administrators and teachers barely have the time, money or know-how to tackle challenges that must be met, such as improving early childhood education, ensuring that students read for comprehension by third grade and evaluating teachers with rigorous new observations.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Embracing early childhood education


Letters to the Editor

John Thompson
President Obama did not explicitly renounce his risky, first-term, test-driven policies that have caused so much harm to poor children of color in Oklahoma City and other districts, but he did the next best thing. His new priority is a researched-based call for high-quality early education.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The fallacy of test-driven school reform


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John Thompson
There is a lot wrong with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, but the blame game is not a solution. OKCPS, largely made up of low-income students (88 percent), earned a D in the Oklahoma Department of Education A-F school grading system. But the state also earned a D for improving outcomes for low-performing students. To serve our children and help those who struggle, we must stop blaming individuals and address systemic problems that have stymied all urban school systems.
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
 
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