“Because It Is My Name!”

John Proctor, in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, nearly bends to signing a false confession, but then has a moment of clarity and proclaims: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of […]

Saying no to college in the NYT: white boys have carte blance #highered #edreform

A piece ran in the NYT recently, in the Fashion & Style section, no less, which seems odd. What isn’t considered fashion? In any case, Saying No to College. Wow, what a concept. In Russia, college says no to you. Anyone? I get it. And to some extent, I’m on both sides of the fence. As […]

The #gatesfoundation mood bracelets and the serious concerns regarding human subjects at #Clemson. Seriously? @anthonycody

At the Chalk Face has been a little slow on this whole Gates sponsored galvanic bracelet thing. You can get some background on the issue via Anthony Cody here. I’ve also explored some sections of the Gates Foundation tax returns from 2010 and you can see this school system and project actually receiving funding, among others, […]

Just a few things on #ALEC and #edreform to continue your day, enjoy

On ALEC setting the education agenda, make sure you know about this organization. A teacher’s story about why they’re leaving public education. And, a word on school choice from fab Dr. Morna McNulty.

Current #edreform as theory X?

Saw this at the Answer Sheet the other day. Thesis? That current edreform, Gates’ style in particular, is Theory X in McGregor’s styles of management: Theory X managers, he said, assume that most people dislike work, avoid it if possible, tend to be irresponsible, and need tight controls in the form of penalties and rewards […]

A quick word on #Gates and #education #reform

Two things dovetailed this morning. One, I saw Bill Gates on CBS’ This Week, didn’t talk too much about education. Two, saw a piece in my news feed from Eugene Weekly (never heard of it) that talks about reforming education reform. The Gates and Walmart foundations, Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and other foundations headed by […]

Too soon: Gates or Jobs on #education?

Alex Russo asks who did more for education: Gates or Jobs?  Let me stop you right there. That’s not the question we should be asking. Then again, he’s been quoted as virulently anti-union (PCWorld) and there’s no Apple or Jobs Foundation giving billions to help poor kids or fix public education (see here). Those who dislike the […]

#Rhee’s days could be numbered

Maybe her 15 minutes are up, I don’t know. Ravitch and Rhee faced off during a forum on education in Martha’s Vineyard, part of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s efforts to minimize race and ethnic achievement gaps. They were predictably opposed, so I just have a couple of questions. First, to support closing gaps based on […]

#BillGates and #education

I don’t know, much respect for Mr. Gates and all. How many billions have I made lately? Here’s an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post today. When you need more achievement for less money, you have to change the way you spend. This year, the governors are launching “Complete to Compete,” a program to […]


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