Peter Greene

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Peter Greene has been a classroom secondary English teacher for over thirty-five years. He lives and works in a small town in Northwest Pennsylvania, blogs at Curmudgucation, and is Midwest Regional Progressive Education Fellow


U.S. Department of Education

We talk about education generally, but your children go to school very specifically. more

Aug 28, 2017 9:39 AM Public School Shakedown



The Next Big Thing in education offers great promise, but there are many, many devils hiding in the details. more

Aug 22, 2017 4:21 PM Public School Shakedown

Cyber schools drain rural districts of much needed funds, do a lousy job of educating, and use taxpayer dollars to advertise. more

Aug 7, 2017 12:27 PM Public School Shakedown

If we believe that a successful school curates students to be good test takers who will do lots of AP tests, then maybe these ratings mean something. more

May 10, 2017 5:24 PM Public School Shakedown


Nic McPhee

We could be years away from knowing what the new education law will bring. That’s because education policy is like the worst game of telephone ever. Here’s how. more

Mar 22, 2017 9:14 AM Public School Shakedown



DeVos's cynical assertion that spending money on public schools doesn't help students comes out of punitive policies advocated by Democrats. Thanks, Obama. more

Feb 24, 2017 3:01 PM Public School Shakedown

Looking at all the targets that Duncan and the current Education Secretary King set up, shot at, and missed can help us understand what we face in the coming years. more

Dec 30, 2016 5:02 PM Public School Shakedown

Schools have spent eight years trying to budget cut their way to health. more

Nov 4, 2016 1:53 PM Public School Shakedown

Help is not coming. But there is some good news... more

Aug 29, 2016 6:50 PM Public School Shakedown

A place where all people can come together to nurture one of their most precious resources. more

May 22, 2016 4:27 PM Public School Shakedown

Some people want poor people educated in ways that will make them more useful to corporate America. more

Feb 17, 2016 4:33 PM Public School Shakedown

There are fundamental differences between the tests I give my students and the tests mandated by the federal government. more

Dec 11, 2015 5:22 PM Public School Shakedown

Rome wasn’t burnt in a day. There are several stations on the way to schoolmageddon. more

Oct 27, 2015 5:18 PM Public School Shakedown 1 Comments

If you have the misfortune to teach at a school that thinks there's something useful to learn from PSAT-ing every single student, then, well, it sucks to be you. more

Oct 15, 2015 5:41 PM Public School Shakedown

"Schools should run like a business" is one of the modern reformster mantras, and schools are so obviously NOT businesses that we can end up overlooking the other problem with this idea-- that reformsters often mean to incorporate practices that ... more

Sep 8, 2015 2:56 AM Public School Shakedown

The Murphy Amendment (Premise: the worst parts of NCLB are actually the best parts; let's give them steroids) was one more manifestation of the Civil Rights Argument for Test and Punish. Amendment proposer Chris Murphy (D-Conn) invoked that... more

Jul 27, 2015 9:30 PM Public School Shakedown

Charter-choice fans are ecstatic. Nevada's GOP legislature has decided to go all in on a state-wide voucher program. "I think a healthy public school system has choice," says Sen. Scott Hammond, bill sponsor and future charter school chief. Th... more

Jul 2, 2015 5:27 PM Public School Shakedown

Charter fans brag about their successes. They tell the starfish story. They will occasionally own that their successes are, in fact, about selecting out the strivers, the winners, the students who are, in fact, their own children and allowi... more

May 19, 2015 3:29 PM Public School Shakedown 7 Comments