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March 09, 2020

Fight the Temptation to Twitterize the Education Discourse

Social media, 24-hour-news, reams of click-chasing newsletters, and the premium on manufactured outrage are all eroding the norms that undergird healthy communities and functioning government.

May 15, 2018

Is Media Coverage of School Choice Biased?

When reporting on otherwise similar studies, does the media pay more attention to those that are more or less positive about school choice?

July 03, 2014

The Detroit Free Press's Crude, Unhelpful Slam on Charter Schooling

Last week, the Detroit Free Press took a long, hard look at charter schooling in Michigan. Hard-nosed education reporting is always welcome. But let me try to respond to the key "findings" pithily and directly.

January 02, 2013

Ten Edu-Stories We'll Be Reading in 2013

Here's a guess at some of the key edu-headlines we'll be reading in 2013.

December 26, 2012

Lessons from Newtown, Kudos to AERA

I believe we need to insist that it's unacceptable for anyone, whatever their views, to exploit the murder of children when debating unions, testing, and such.

December 18, 2012


I'd like all of us, before we write, opine, or declaim, to take care that we accord the lost children of Newtown the dignity they deserve.

October 28, 2012

When Reporters Preach the Party Line

For more than a decade, I've regarded my pal Richard Colvin as one of the nation's best education reporters. But even the best of us whiff sometimes. And Richard's most recent monthly column for the Phi Delta Kappan ("Movement even during inaction") is a whiff that also sharply illuminates the bias ...

September 10, 2012

Daily News Twists Evaluation Into Cheap Shot at School of One

Last week, the New York Daily News took a careful and thoughtful evaluation of early outcomes at schools implementing New York City's School of One (an intriguing effort to rethink middle school math instruction) and twisted it into an unfair, misguided, and destructive critique. It was a textbook ...

May 14, 2012

Media Fawning a Little Less When It Comes to Edu-Giving

A number of years ago, in my 2005 book With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy is Reshaping K-12 Education, I pointed out that media coverage of education foundations tended to be wide-eyed and sycophantic. At that time, I analyzed the coverage of the five leading edu-foundations by the New Y...

December 27, 2011

Ten Edu-Stories We'll Be Reading in 2012

Here's my best guess at some of the key edu-headlines we'll be reading in 2012. 10] "GOP presidential nominee abandons primary season attacks on Department of Education; talks up education reform in push for moderates." 9] "Aggressive efforts to tackle bullying starting to raise questions and fue...

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