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August 16, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part V: Time to "Re-question" Special Education

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. Thanks again to Rick and his assistant, Max Eden, for letting me pinch hit this week. Before jumping to today's topic, I'd like to reflect on the responses to this week's posts. My thoughts on the Ben...

August 15, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part IV: Poverty Reduction as Education Reform

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. A truism among ed reformers is that poverty is a problem, but we can't do much about it, therefore we can't let poverty be an excuse for poor learning results. I bought into this for many years, but n...

August 14, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part III: It's as American as Academic Freedom, Political Intimidation, and Apple Pie

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. Before one of my students once took a specific course, I pulled him aside and suggested he moderate his expectations, as those faculty held some pretty extreme political views. I noted it would be a go...

August 13, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part II: Market-Based Teacher Preparation

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. I often ask groups to raise their hands if they know some fantastic public school teachers (every hand goes up), then to raise their hand if they know a teacher they wouldn't want their child to have (...

August 12, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part I: The Rise and Fall of Tony Bennett, and The One Lesson We'll Almost Certainly Ignore

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. I appreciate having the opportunity to pinch hit again for Rick. I planned to talk about the education-industrial complex, what other countries are doing to reform schools, and the welcome change in a...

August 09, 2013

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Plucker, Medbery, and Bromley

Now, with the dog days of August here and Congress safely on the lam, I'm going to take a few weeks respite from blogging.

May 03, 2013

Want a More Perfect Union? Teachers Step Up!

Note: Rick Hess is on sabbatical through May 6th. If you're missing him, you might try to catch him while he's out and about discussing his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (available here, e-book available here). For updates on when he might be in your neck of the woods, check here. Meantime, a tre...

May 02, 2013

What It Takes: Teachers Take on the Distribution Challenge

Note: Rick Hess is on sabbatical through May 6th. If you're missing him, you might try to catch him while he's out and about discussing his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (available here, e-book available here). For updates on when he might be in your neck of the woods, check here. Meantime, a tre...

May 01, 2013

Yes, Experience Matters, but Great Teaching Matters Most

Note: Rick Hess is on sabbatical through May 6th. If you're missing him, you might try to catch him while he's out and about discussing his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (available here, e-book available here). For updates on when he might be in your neck of the woods, check here. Meantime, a tre...

May 01, 2013

Unions Should Cage-Bust Their Way to Better Teacher Retention

Note: Rick Hess is on sabbatical through May 6th. If you're missing him, you might try to catch him while he's out and about discussing his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (available here, e-book available here). For updates on when he might be in your neck of the woods, check here. Meantime, a tre...

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