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December 04, 2013

7 Reasons I Don't Care About the PISA Results

Yesterday, the triennial PISA results were announced, prompting a paroxysm of spastic pontificating. Hands were wrung, familiar talking points were rehashed, and PISA Overlord Andreas Schleicher once again took the results as his cue to lecture American educators and policymakers on the wonders of common standards and the perniciousness of school choice. The funny thing is that all this gnashing of teeth is, quite literally, for nothing. There are at least seven reasons I don't give a fig about the PISA results.

December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Gifts from the Edu-Journals

Here are some edu-journal articles that I was especially eager to read over the Christmas holiday.

March 28, 2012

AERA Knows It Doesn't Know Enough...But It Knows It Loves Its Post-Foucauldian Nonlinearity

[Note: I coauthored this post with Francesca Pickett. Pickett is the nom de plume of a U.S. Department of Education employee who, for obvious reasons, wishes to remain anonymous.] A little over a year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responded to the explosive news that even first-time...

March 14, 2012

Time to End Public Subsidies of AERA

Last week, I questioned the American Educational Research Association's (of which I am a member) decision to adopt a partisan stance in charged debates over immigration policy and high school classes that promote racial pride. In a public response, the AERA, which bills itself as "the nation's leadi...

March 07, 2012

AERA Erasing Line Between Scholarship and Partisanship

The American Educational Research Association (of which I am a member) modestly labels itself "the nation's leading scientific and scholarly association...devoted to advancing knowledge about education." Readers may assume that AERA does its best to avoid gratuitous partisan political fights. Ha...

March 02, 2012

ARPA-ED: A Qualified Thumbs-Up

Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) has proposed an "Education-ARPA," modeled on the famed Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Obama administration has included a similar proposal, carving the dollars out of i3. Projected funding seems to hover in the $30 to $70 million range. ...

May 19, 2010

Stories Begging for Some Love

I was out last week at the Education Writers Association conference in San Francisco. Impressive production, first-rate assemblage of veteran education writers (including Greg Toppo, Richard Colvin, Nick Anderson, Ben Wildavsky, Linda Perlstein, Scott Stephens, Dale Mezzacappa, and on and on), and ...

May 05, 2010

Fascists in Flip-Flops: Musings from the 2010 AERA Conference

Props to sly Mike Johanek, director of UPenn's midcareer Ph.D. program and Race to the Top reviewer extraordinaire, for this post's title. Only question for you, readers, is the identity of the fascist. I will say that I may have been the only conference attendee in chilly Denver wearing flip-flops...

April 29, 2010

Making the Most of the First Day at AERA

Tomorrow, the nation's education researchers, professors, and such will convene in Denver for the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. If you're going to be in Denver and want to catch up, on Friday and Saturday I'll be at Marlowe's co-hosting the "School Reform Café...

April 05, 2010

Understanding Complex Ecologies... of the What Now?

It's April, and I was just starting to muse on the approaching AERA annual conference when a wonderful note arrived reminding me that the theme of this year's AERA meeting is "Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World" (nope, I don't have any idea what that means either). The note announc...

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