"Welcome to the 154th Carnival of Education. Out on the red carpet, emotions are running high. Margaret Spellings took off her Sexy Librarian Glasses to wipe her brow. Rod Paige clung to Reg Weaver's arm to steady himself. And rumor has it that Bill Gates has even stopped talking about education and the election. I'll be hosting you this evening with my colleague - " "Ryan Seacrest.""Ryan Seacrest?! I asked for Stephen Colbert. Or Patrick Dempsey.""Stephen has to write his own show now, eduwonkette. And McDreamy is all about solidarity. Let's get started with Number 40 on this week's ...

Earlier today, Diane Ravitch drew attention to American education's growing faceoff between non-educators and educators. She writes: How did American education fall so effortlessly into the control of Know Nothings from the world of business, law, and politics? Now, John Merrow releases a podcast with NYC's past and present Chancellors (moderated by Jay Mathews) that squarely hits on this philosophical divide. Some highlights: *Joel sums up his job with a song: "Give a little, take a little, let your poor heart break a little…" * Joel identifies leadership and attracting new and different teachers into teaching as his top two improvement ...

On Sunday, the NYT wrote about admissions anxiety stemming from a larger than average senior class in Connecticut. It turns out this isn't just another case of helicopter parent mania - economists John Bound and Sarah Turner analyzed 50 years of data and found that the size of the cohort in a state actually does affect the percentage of students getting a BA (Paper here). After ruling out competing explanations for this outcome – for example, that larger cohorts are less prepared for college – Bound and Turner concluded that a 10% increase in the size of the college cohort within a ...

Last week, Madame Secretary unveiled a shiny new toy called the "National Dashboard." I pooh-poohed it, saying that most of these data were already available in the National Center for Education Statistics' Common Core of Data or elsewhere. After checking it out (and seeing how pretty it is!), I like it. If you need a tidbit of data quickly, this is helpful, and most data consumers aren't going to take the time to navigate the Common Core. Score one for the Madame. What does the dashboard include? Demographics, percentage of schools by state making AYP and in restructuring, NCLB funding, ...

Edwize is pulling in a gaggle of guest bloggers to comment on the NYC Progress Reports - check out Sherman Dorn's post on "Bundling Accountability," Seth Pearce's post on "The Importance of the School Progress Debate," and my post, "The NYC Progress Report Catch-22"....

Number of Golden Globe nominations for “Juno”: 3 Percent of teenage girls who received abstinence-only sex education with no information on birth control (2002): 21% Percent in 1995: 9% Increase in teenage birth rate for 15-17 year olds in 2006: +3% Percent of all births to unmarried mothers in 2006: 38.5 Extent to which Ellen Page got shafted at the Golden Globes: Majorly Number of viewers of 4th Season’s opening "Grey’s Anatomy" episode: 20.5 million Number of "Grey’s Anatomy" Golden Globe nominations: 1 Mortality rate due to homicide, white 15-17 year olds (per 100,000, ...

Last week, A-Rus asked if "The Wire" is just "poverty porn." This week, Dave Bellel puts up a clip from last night's episode that hits the "no excuses" debate in less than 2 minutes. Is the Ed Trust or Richard Rothstein doing the ghost writing? You decide....

eduwonkette is going theme-less this week - we'll have the Carnival of Education and a mishmosh of other posts. For those unfamiliar with the Carnival, every Wednesday, one blogger aggregates posts from around the edu-blogosphere. Send your posts to me at eduwonkette (at) gmail (dot) com by 7pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 15th. You can also use this submission form....

Rewind to the conversation you overheard on Sunday, where I’m on the other end of the line with the mother of Madison (MOM), a friend on the brink of a school shopping meltdown. Here’s what I had to say: 1) The school Madison attends is not going to make or break her test scores. When it comes to academics, the more your home is like a high quality school (particularly in the early grades), the less the school matters. That means that if you own Baby Einstein and have oodles of books, maps, and science kits cluttering up ...

From time to time, my colleague skoolboy will pop in and say a word. (You can check out his holiday posts about class size here): Greene and Catherine Shock, writing in the Winter issue of City Journal, contend that ed schools care more about the political and social ends of education than basic academic skills. In a survey of U.S. News and World Report’s top 50 ed schools and 21 other flagship state universities, they examined course titles and descriptions in order to calculate a “multiculturalism-to-math ratio”—the ratio of courses that emphasize multiculturalism to those that focus ...


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