#Whitmire compares #education debate to #abortion

I don’t find this to be an apt comparison at all, not in the slightest. And then to be so flip about it in the conclusion: Mostly, however, the two sides no longer engage about their differences. They just glare and shout. Abortion has nothing on education, except bumper stickers. And I can only assume […]

#Teacher #evaluations are balls

Yeah, they’re balls, you want to fight about it? Check this ridiculous and infuriating story from Chicago Public Schools with regard to principal evaluations of teachers. Hey, I have a question: when are teachers going to be able to evaluate administrators? You know, maybe teachers could follow some bureaucrat in a cubicle all day and […]

Los Angeles privatization pushers take second biggest slice of reactionary Walton pie

“[T]here should be no education marketplace.” — Dr. Diane Ravitch (celebrated education professor and author) The indefatigable Valerie Strauss posted an excellent piece yesterday discussing where and how funds from the arch-reactionaries of the Walton Family Foundation were divvied out to various entities engaged in the privatization of public education. Second in funding only to […]



Oceans Dying As NYTimes Gives Front Page Environmental Coverage to Bad Cable Boxes

The real story from Slate: The oceans are in a far worse state than previously thought, according to a prestigious group of scientists. Of course, doom-and-gloom environmental stories are so common they’re almost yawn-inducing. But this one is different, insists Time’s Bryan Walsh. The state of the oceans never gets the coverage it really deserves […]

Rhee Finds Respect Among Governors Without Any


By Suzy Khimm for the Washington City Paper: For those who viewed Michelle Rhee as an anti-union bully, the past few months have offered lots of chances to say “toldya so.” Soon after resigning as the D.C. Public Schools chancellor in October, Rhee began appearing with Republican governors who were busily making war on public-sector […]

The #DCPS #IMPACT system

Now that I’m teaching in the District, although not for DCPS, and that I’m extremely hard on my abilities, I wondered how I’d stack up to the DC IMPACT teacher evaluation system. I saw a front page story about it in the New York Times.  I don’t have time to read the whole document, you can […]

Brooklyn Ascend Brought to Earth by Former Teacher, Part 3

In this email, Emily Kennedy recounts what happened at the Brooklyn Ascend’s abusive testing sweatshop during what was supposed to be Spring Break, 2011:@font-face { font-family: “Times”; }@font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Spring Break Academy In the […]

Media literacy, the common core standards, and the menu fallacy

  Beach and Baker, in Ed Week, argue that “core standards must embrace media literacy.” http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/06/22/36baker.h30.html?r=813299394#comments The question that first needs to be asked is whether we should have common core standards at all. The idea of standards seems to be innocent and common-sense, but the current movement, from the beginning, has been a means […]

Another word on #Teach for #America, or #TFA

If you have a corps of individual teachers with relatively high turnover, what’s the incentive for maintaining a school for posterity? In other words, why would an individual who can either be out in two years, has some knowledge of not staying in the profession long-term, or has another way out (not a career in […]

#Apple and #Teach for #America


My wife sent this to me today from the Apple Store in Bethesda, MD. So, yeah, Teach for America, eh? I guess there is a relationship there in terms of donating iPads to TFA folks in low-income schools. That’s nice, I suppose. I mean, Apple will really have to work out the logistics if their […]

"What Research Says About the Effect of Teachers" EWA

Everyone should look closely at this new report from the Education Writers Association: “What Research Says About the Effect of Teachers”  By Stephen Sawchuk There key points based on solid research of the evidence: (1) “<!– /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times […]

Brooklyn Ascend Brought to Earth by Former Teacher, Part 2

This is the second email that I received from Emily Kennedy prior to our interview.  I am using Emily’s name because she wants wanted it that way, and it should not be construed as affecting the anonymity that I have assured, and will assure, to other interviewees involved in my current research project involving former […]

A few things on #education that require comment

Back from Indiana, always nice to visit Bloomington. Although, being away for two years, the hipster-ness seemed more obvious this time. What a bunch of clones. In any case, I made the Daily Kos, which is really only a milestone for us left-wing commies. But I will say that the comments on the article itself, […]

Bitter Lessons from Chasing Better Tests

In a New York Times Op-Ed (22 March 2009), E. D. Hirsch Jr. argued, “We do not need to abandon either the principle of accountability or the fill-in-the-bubble format. Rather we need to move from teaching to the test to tests that are worth teaching to.” This refrain parallels the contradictory messages coming from the […]


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