I am 2BZ4UQT. But a reader sent along his thoughts on how Roland Fryer's plan to text message our way to educational equity could reinvent NYC teens' texting lingo. More likely is that the Department of Ed makes a major gaffe while trying to communicate with the young folks in a language no one older than 22 understands. For original meanings, you can look here.2BZS2T - too busy studying to talkMILF - man, I like fractions!LOL - learning obligatory lessonsRMTVA - raising my teachers' value-addedROFL - reading only for lootOTFN - our teachers fired nowWDIGP - when do ...

$4300 is today's magic number, but perhaps we should be talking about 25% instead. Today, a CDC study reports that 1 in 4 teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease. From the AP article:A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls — nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD. That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found....Among ...

John McCain hopped into the autism/thimerosal debate last week when he related, “It’s indisputable that autism is on the rise among children….and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.” (Hat tip: Campaign K-12; also see On Special Education’s take on McCain's argument.)The trouble is that no decent study has ever established a link between autism and thimerosal. For example, consider this article published in JAMA, which compared kids exposed to vaccines with and without thimerosal and concluded, “The risk of autism and other autistic-spectrum disorders ...

Sean Corcoran is an economist who teaches at the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. He is a co-author (with Sylvia Allegretto and Larry Mishel) of The Teaching Penalty, a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute.“I don’t see why a good teacher should be paid less money than a bad senator . . . It is unconscionable that the average salary of a lawyer is $79,000 a year and the average salary of a teacher is $39,000 a year.”- John McCain, Republican debate at Dartmouth College, October 29, 1999“We are going to have to take ...

We often hear that education needs to operate more like the private sector. But few corporations tie their employee bonuses to quantifiable output in the same way that some performance pay plans tie teacher pay to scores. (See How Does Performance Pay Work in Other Sectors?)For those who believe that corporate employees rise and fall based on the fates of their companies, here's a story ripped from the headlines: Washington Mutual is shielding executive performance pay from the housing crisis fallout. From the Wall Street Journal article:In the filing, the human-resources committee of WaMu's board, which approved the ...

Per the "Let Them Go" debate: does research have anything to say about the effects of the dropout age on subsequent life outcomes? In "Would More Compulsory Schooling Help Disadvantaged Youth? Evidence From Recent Changes to School-Leaving Laws," economist Philip Oreopoulos examines this question. Here's an excerpt from the abstract:This paper uses these recent changes [in the school leaving age] in order to estimate the effects of further compulsory schooling. The results suggest that more restrictive laws reduced dropout rates, increased college enrollment, and improved career outcomes. Some caution is warranted, since focusing on recent law changes leads to ...

There's an interesting conversation starting in the comments below, to which Robert Pondiscio has added a longer post at Core Knowledge. The central issue: Is the goal of public education to educate the willing, or to convert the unwilling?In other events, Sherman Dorn has issued a presidential challenge (not the kind with the mile run and pullups - but if you'd like to know how out of shape you are, click on the thumbnail above), writing:Eduwonkette, if you're reading, I challenge you to nominate the most interesting and eclectic panel of questioners at a hypothetical fall education debate ...

Here's a survey of the zany news, wacky ideas, and near meltdowns that are floating around in today's blogosphere:1) A Must Read for New Yorkers: The NYC Progress Report discussion is picking up again, so check out this post. In How effective is your kid's school? , the Dallas ISD Blog shows how effectiveness scores in Dallas can vary wildly from year to year. Kent Fischer quips, "Will the real Sequoyah Elementary School please stand up?"2) One Flew Over the Ed Prof's Nest: Over at Rate Your Students, an ed prof loses it. He leads with, "I've been marking ...

When I descended into pre-March Madness two weeks ago, we were discussing the relationships between service providers, quasi-academic publications, policy research/advocacy organizations, and the foundations that fund them (see my posts here, here, and here). (This March, I’m chanting The Devil Runs Stata instead of Rock Chalk Jayhawk, so posting may continue to be lighter than usual this month.)In the meantime, Dean Millot has been channeling C. Wright Mills. (Yes, that's C. Wright on the motorcycle.) He’s penned four meaty posts that zero in on the charter school piece of this puzzle, which was underrepresented in ...

A perfect Friday paper by economists Daniel Hamermesh and Joel Slemrod. Here's the abstract from the Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy :A large literature examines the addictive properties of such behaviors as smoking, drinking alcohol, gambling and eating. We argue that for some people addictive behavior may apply to a much more central aspect of economic life: working. Although workaholism raises some of the same health-related concerns as other addictions, compared to most of the more familiar addictions it is more likely to be a problem of higher-income individuals and is more likely to generate negative spillovers ...


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