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September 07, 2008

Predicting the Near Future*

Sometime soon, with great fanfare, the New York City Department of Education will release this year’s School Progress Reports. (Word on the street is that schools already know their grades.) The School Progress Reports, for better or worse, are the centerpiece of the NYC accountability system....

September 05, 2008

COWAbunga! Post-Convention Edition

No, there's no convention commentary here (or else skoolboy would have to shoot himself). This week’s “Comment of the Week Award,” also known as the COWAbunga Award, goes to NYC Educator, for a comment on yesterday’s Coffee Talk question about which big-city school district is the worst-m...

September 05, 2008

skoolboy Throws Down the Class Size Gauntlet

Long-time followers of skoolboy (hi, Mom!) know that his first posts on eduwonkette’s blog were about class size. I argued for championing class size reduction as the right thing to do for children and for teachers—an argument grounded in the moral content of public schooling more so than in ...

September 04, 2008

Talk amongst Yourselves

skoolboy was having a spirited discussion with some of his students the other night, who have taught in school systems such as New York City, Detroit, LA, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Newark, Oakland, and elsewhere. The topic of the day: what's the worst-managed big-city school system--and why? ...

September 03, 2008

COWabungle

skoolboy has been worrying about how he was going to make this week's COWabunga award. There haven't been any comments to his posts! Hard to believe that such witty and incisive remarks would draw nary a "well done!" or "you're full of it, skoolboy!" Turns out that the website woes that Ed Week...

September 03, 2008

The Chicago Boycott: Publicity Stunt or Principled Protest?

Yesterday, State Senator Rev. James Meeks engineered a boycott of the Chicago Public Schools, urging CPS students to travel with him to high-spending districts in Chicago’s suburban North Shore to try to register for school. The objective of the protest was to draw attention to inequalities in sc...

September 02, 2008

A Brief Word on Nomenclature

Even though eduwonkette and skoolboy have been unmasked, skoolboy plans to continue to refer to himself in the third person. Why? If I did it at school, my students would laugh me out of the classroom. If I did it at home, my wife would kick my butt. So let me (er, skoolboy) have some fun, OK?...

September 02, 2008

Back to (Home) School

It’s back to school! Today, more than one million schoolchildren will get up from the breakfast table, strap on a backpack, and trundle off to … the living room. Home schooling has been expanding rapidly over the course of this decade, according to data from the National Center for Education...

August 28, 2008

skoolboy Peeks out of the Closet

Now that eduwonkette has revealed herself as Columbia doctoral student Jennifer Jennings, skoolboy is gingerly sticking his head out of the closet and looking around. (If I see my shadow, I may go back inside for another six weeks.) skoolboy is Aaron Pallas, a Professor of Sociology and Educa...

August 26, 2008

Cool People You Should Know: Amy Ellen Schwartz

Yesterday, in eduwonkette’s bombshell revelation that she is Jennifer Jennings, a Columbia doctoral student in sociology, she explained that the timing was influenced by the fact that there was potentially damaging misinformation about her identity swirling in the blogosphere and beyond. Many peo...

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