There's a misleading sense that "productivity" is somehow at odds with nurturing students or valuing teachers. That's just not so.
As Chicago's teachers are on the verge of striking for the third time since 2012, it sure seems like the Chicago Teachers Union is bent on demonstrating the costs of collective bargaining.
It looks increasingly like we're on the cusp of higher ed's NCLB moment.
It looked to me like Clinton "won" the debate or, at least, that Trump managed to lose it.
Education is clearly not a top-tier issue in the 2016 election, but it's also nowhere near the bottom.
That gets to the real problem with Trump—which is that, as an aspiring executive, he is Barack Obama's spiritual heir. Yep, you read that right.
I think the idea of XQ is appealing. But I start to get nervous when I see this whole goofy "super schools" stuff.
He looked up in the mirror. "Like I said, none of that tells me why these charters are good for my kids. You convince me that charter schools are good for my kids and for my neighborhood, too, and I won't give a flip what an HBO comedian thinks. I'll bet the same goes for a lot of other folks."
A speech like this is where Trump's lack of thoughtfulness or a meaningful policy operation really comes into play.
In the midst of a lazy August, the run-up to Trump's education week prompted a mini-frenzy in D.C. education circles. And how did the Trump campaign actually spend the week?