Why, we sure have, according to Ward Connerly, former University of California Regent and longtime opponent of affirmative action. Connerly quotes one of his college professors as saying that we’ll know that we’ve overcome the scourge of race when (a) white men no longer object to their daughters marrying a black man; (b) a white person can honestly say that s/he would be willing to walk in the shoes of any black person; and (c) Americans are willing to elect a black person to the presidency. We’ve now learned that the third condition has been met, ...

Many thanks to skoolboy for taking the reigns while I've been out of town. In a week, we will return to our regularly scheduled programming, and skoolboy will be back to entertain at the end of the week. In the meantime, consider the following links:1) Education Advice for the Next President: A motley crew of characters offers their education advice for the next president.2) Willingham on Evaluating Teachers: It's not a home video, but Dan Willingham offers his insights about how we shouldn't evaluate teachers.3) New York City Research Partnership: If you missed the announcement, NYC's Research ...

It’s Halloween, and time for skoolboy to present eduwonkette’s second annual Edu-Parade. Here are some of the few costumes you won’t see at the Greenwich Village Halloween parade in New York City: First up are Philissa Cramer, Kelly Vaughan, and Elizabeth Green as the Gossip Girls. (That’s Elizabeth as vulnerable part-good, part-evil Blair Waldorf.) Over at GothamSchools, Philissa, Kelly and Elizabeth spill all the gossip on what’s happening in New York City schools and beyond. XOXO, ladies! Here comes Jim Liebman, Director of the Office of Accountability and Assessment in New York City, as ARIS, ...

Recently, skoolboy’s students had a spirited discussion of Subtractive Schooling (SUNY Press, 1999), Angela Valenzuela’s wonderful book chronicling the social relations between teachers and students in Seguin, a Houston high school serving a high concentration of Mexican immigrant and Mexican-American youth. A central theme of the book is that teachers and students often fail to understand one another’s orientations and values, resulting in a kind of mutual alienation. Valenzuela, now on the faculty of the University of Texas-Austin (and founder of a blog on educational equity in Texas) demonstrated that students often felt that their teachers didn’t...

Maybe to a duck. The term originated in the world of finance, accompanying bulls and bears, and gravitated from referring to businessmen who couldn’t pay their debts to describing politicians who lose political power in anticipation of their scheduled loss of office. It’s hard not to view President George W. Bush and the men and women who surround him as lame ducks. But lame duck status generally doesn’t serve as a muzzle. On Friday, White House Domestic Policy Director Karl Zinsmeister published a letter to the Editor of the New York Times responding to Sam Dillon's front-page ...

eduwonkette's Halloween parade last year was such a big hit, it's time for a reprise. Because she's on the road, skoolboy (who lacks her Photoshop chops) is at the wheel. Please post suggestions for parade participants and their costumes below, or e-mail them to me at skoolboy2 (at) gmail (dot) com. This year, participants will be on floats. There could be a big-city mayor float, with mayor-for-life Mike Bloomberg and Adrien Fenty; big-city superintendents, such as the ever-popular Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan, and Paul Vallas; high-flying free spenders, such as Eli Broad and Bill Gates; policy entrepreneurs, such ...

Apologies for being AWOL, folks - both skoolboy and I are on the road. Below, you can find the beginning of an op-ed about the NYC Progress Reports that the two of us wrote for our local West Side Spirit - the link to the full text is below.Each fall, many New Yorkers head to family physicians for an annual physical. Doctors record some standard measures—body temperature and blood pressure, for example—and perhaps draw some blood to send to the lab. Doctors will also ask about changes in health over the last year. Only after considering all ...

1) 8% of This Year's Teaching Fellows to Be Let Go in December: 139 teachers, or 8% of the 1840 teachers who joined the NYC Teaching Fellows June 2008 cohort, will be let go on December 5th because they have not yet been placed in a teaching position. As Gotham Schools reports, they are now organizing. Matthew Rudansky, a teaching fellow speaking for a group of Fellows that have banded together, explains the situation below:By no fault of our own, we face December 5th dismissal from a program for which many of us have made huge sacrifices. Fellows in ...

Dan Brown's book, The Great Expectations School, is out in paperback now with some new endorsements. (As a sidenote, it turns out that the two of us went to the same elementary school, pictured left, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and even shared four of six elementary school teachers.)Also keep your eye out for two new books on accountability and NCLB:* Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Tamara Wilder, Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right* Richard Kahlenberg (Editor), Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track...

On Tuesday, the Broad Foundation awarded the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education to the Brownsville, Texas School District. skoolboy has a soft spot in his heart for Brownsville: skoolboy’s spouse (who has made it clear that he is a dead man if he refers to her as Mrs. skoolboy here) is a product of the Brownsville schools, and she briefly taught English as a Second Language at the middle-school level there a long time ago. I don’t know enough about the Broad Foundation process or what the administrators and teachers in Brownsville have done to warrant this ...


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