Ignoring Mental Health in the Grit Debate

This week, NPR has (once again) jumped onto the “gritty” bandwagon by playing a number of pieces related to the corporate education reform favorite of “grit.”  On my way to work one morning, I heard an NPR reporter share in a perky voice, “Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it’s that je ne sais […]

@drsteveperry wants to use a strap on, or strap up, or whatever it’s called. @edushyster

The Edushyster has a really evocative piece up, a first person account, of that oddly aggressive charlatan and carpetbagger “Dr.” Steve Perry, whose EdD dissertation is insanely inadequate to keep forcing those initials upon us at every speaking engagement. A pathetic non-man, this Steve Perry is. Lame and limp. 

Methinks KIPP Advocates Protest Too Much

As the wheels appear to be coming off the education reform bus, many reformers are scrambling to change the narratives, shift the arguments, and even retool their foundational commitments. One such retooling may be Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charters, if this piece at Education Next authored by Alexandra Boyd, Robert Maranto and Caleb Rose is any indication: “The Softer […]

First Lady As Out of Touch As Her Husband

Michelle Obama wasted her opportunity to speak at the predominantly black Bowie State commencement in Maryland this year.  Rather than a strong transformative message, she chose to revive some of the same bromides and to perpetuate some of the same old myths that neolibs and neocons have been spouting ever since Reagan derailed the education […]

Katie Osgood: The Lowest Expectation of Them All

Corporate education reformers love to rave about how schools that “beat the odds” are full of teachers with “high expectations”. There are echoes of George W’s “soft bigotry of low expectations” in this mantra implying that in the past, teachers–stifled no doubt by those innovation-hating unions–all had “low expectations” for their students and somehow THAT […]

The Lowest Expectation of Them All

Corporate education reformers love to rave about how schools that “beat the odds” are full of teachers with “high expectations”.  There are echoes of George W’s “soft bigotry of low expectations” in this mantra implying that in the past, teachers–stifled no doubt by those innovation-hating unions–all had “low expectations” for their students and somehow THAT is why students […]

Jacobs on Meier on KIPP

Joanne Jacobs’ post on Meier’s recent comments on KIPP.  My brief response follows: KIPP = Nazi Germany? In musing about democracy on Bridging Differences, Deborah Meier equates KIPP and other “no excuses” schools with Nazi Germany‘s schools. What troubles me most about the KIPPs of the world are not issues of pedagogy or the public/private […]

Guest Post: No Excuses for obfuscating abysmal attrition data with complex calculations

By John Thompson MacArthur Genius grant recipient Roland Fryer did some complex calculations in “Creating ‘No Excuses’ (Traditional) Public Schools” to estimate student performance gains during the first year of Houston’s “Apollo 20.” The massive pilot program extends “No Excuses” instruction to neighborhood schools. Fryer, however, omitted a simple statement of its most important data […]

No excuses and John Thompson

A guest post by John Thompson discusses the NYT magazine article on character that came out this weekend.  I’m inclined to support Thompson’s writing, but here’s an idea I’m not sure sits well with me: In inner city schools, there is plenty of failure but rarely is there an effort to cultivate grittiness, resilience, and […]

Arne Duncan’s Brand of Equality

The Audacity of Arne Duncan Jim Horn Arne Duncan stood before the NAACP convention last week to repeat his claim that “education is the civil rights issue of our generation.”  He also declared “the only way to equality in society is to achieve equality in the classroom.”  Since Mr. Duncan did not spell out what […]

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