Why sort out all those pesky details? Let's get to the table, says TNTP in its latest statement....

Forget Secretary of Education - this guy should be running the Fed. This morning, the Daily News reported that "Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said the teachers union - and policies that keep instructors from their classrooms - bear some of the blame for next school year's budget cuts."You've got to give the man props for having the cojones to craft a budgeting rule that creates disincentives to hire teachers from closing schools on Monday, spend $80 million on a data warehousing system that doesn't work on Tuesday, hire a legion of PR and executive staff at McKinsey prices on ...

1) Leo on the Daly Show: Leo Casey responds to the New Teacher Project's latest. On an unrelated topic, check out his thoughts on A Nation at Risk at the CEA blog.2) The Dean Scream!: My title is false advertising, but Dean's penned two great posts on the skoolboy/Kevin Carey exchange on policymaking and The New Teacher Project report. And on Dean's earlier post on the medical and teaching professions, Going to the Mat's soccer fiend deconstructs the medicine/education comparison. Go Fulham!3) Corey Glory: Having walloped his finals, Thoughts on Education Policy returns with a post ...

Tim Daly is the President of The New Teacher Project and the lead author of "Mutual Benefits."Over the past several days, representatives of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and others have sought to challenge specific findings of “Mutual Benefits,” our recently released study on New York City’s school staffing policies. We appreciate the UFT’s engagement in this dialogue and welcome their participation.The New Teacher Project (TNTP) researched and released “Mutual Benefits” with the goal of sparking a substantive, data-driven policy debate from which better policies would emerge. We are glad to see this debate taking ...

New Yorkers love themselves some incentives. We have incentives for students to do well on tests and incentives for parents to take their kids to the doctor. Now that we can't enjoy a meal without contemplating its caloric content, we have guilt-based incentives to eat Pinkberry yogurt instead of Beard Papa's cream puffs. Last week, the New Teacher Project argued that teachers in the "Absent Teacher Reserve" have no incentive to get a job. This morning, it's clear that, in many cases, principals have no incentive to hire them.On Friday, I showed that experienced teachers are more likely to ...

You know you loved the picture - so between now and Thursday night at midnight, help pick a name for Fordham's boy band.  Pick a Name for the Fordham Foundation's Boy Band. The K Street Boys Rage Against the Rothstein Hand Wringsteen Red Hot Petrilli Peppers Checker and the Finns view resultsFree vote poll...

From the coverage of the New Teacher Project's report, "Mutual Benefits: New York City’s Shift to Mutual Consent in Teacher Hiring,” you'd think that the 235 teachers excessed in 2006 and remaining in the "absent teacher reserve" in December 2007 are the worst of NYC's worst teachers. Consider the National Center on Teacher Quality's retelling: "They are also a generally substandard bunch, with a higher rate of unsatisfactory ratings on their personnel records than their more successful peers. For those content to do very little in life, why give up the life of an excessed teacher?" Or, as the ...

Sol Stern, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, responds both to my post and Bill Ayers's post on social justice teaching.Thanks for posting my articles on social justice teaching and for being willing to open up this space for more discussion of what I regard as a retrograde education movement.Unfortunately you [eduwonkette] avoid dealing with the harm done by this movement when you suggest that there’s really no “coherent and distinctive pedagogy that’s taught at schools of education across the country.” If you believe that, you’re somewhat out of touch with some of the ...

I asked Bill Ayers, Professor of Education at the University of Illinois - Chicago, to weigh in on teaching for social justice. You can read his blog here.It’s hard to know what Sol Stern is worked up about. He quotes me exactly once, urging new teachers to work to “be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and…be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, a teacher teaching for social justice and liberation.”In spite of the ellipses, and in spite of the fact that this is a tiny excerpt from a ...

The blogosphere never passes up an opportunity to swing at an education professor (see Still a Public Menace and Bill Ayers is Worse Than a Terrorist. He’s an Ed School Professor for representative headlines.) After reading Sol Stern’s article about Bill Ayers, I was still unclear about what “social justice teaching” actually means, and he kindly pointed me to his previous work that provides concrete examples (see here, here, and here).As I understand it, Stern’s argument about “social justice teaching” has four parts:1) Education school professors have indoctrinated their students to “teach for social justice.” ...


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