Facebook Twitter

Al Shanker, father of teachers unions, also the father of ARIS?

Did Albert Shanker scoop Joel Klein on ARIS?

The late formidable teachers union leader may not have named that particular New York City platform, meant to make it easier for parents and teachers to share information about student achievement and teachers’ lesson plans. But, in 1995, giving testimony to a Congressional committee on educational technology, Shanker did imagine a future tool that sounds quite modern:

Of course, this vision sounds more like what the web site Better Lesson is building than what embattled ARIS has been able to achieve.

The full text of Shanker’s testimony is inside the PDF linked on this page, on page 266.

The Latest
NYC education officials are adding more than 1,000 seats, most of them as new programs that start in third grade. The city’s gifted programs are deeply segregated.
Streets near schools are uniquely dangerous, with rates of crashes and injuries that exceed NYC averages — particularly near schools where most students are poor or children of color.
A review of the upcoming history Regents exam after the racist Buffalo attack uncovered materials with “the potential to compound student trauma.”
A look at how Carlo Scissura, of the New York Building Congress, influenced a real estate deal for a school construction project.
Families and educators can’t plan for next year without answers to some important questions.