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November 23, 2011

The World Conspires to Make Expertise Unreliable

Note: This week, I'm giving RHSU readers a look at my essay in Richard Elmore's recent Harvard Education Press volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. If you find this stuff at all interesting, I'd definitely encourage you to check the book out. For days one and two, see here and here. Say so...

November 22, 2011

Wait a Minute...

Note: This week, I'm giving RHSU readers a look at my essay in Richard Elmore's recent Harvard Education Press volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. If you find this stuff at all interesting, I'd definitely encourage you to check the book out. For day one, see here. Along my path through aca...

November 21, 2011

I Used to Think...That Experts Understood the World

This summer, Harvard Education Press published Richard Elmore's intriguing volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. The volume's title and theme draw from a professional development exercise in which participants reflect on how the experience has altered their thinking. The book includes essays f...

August 30, 2011

The Trouble with Steven Brill's Black-and-White Worldview

Steven Brill's Class Warfare is a highly readable, fairly reliable, if incomplete history of contemporary efforts to "reform" American schooling. Kudos on the readability--there's way too little of that. The guy's a terrific writer and really captures the flavor of the debates. I don't think his s...

July 05, 2011

Beach Listenin'

Hey, starting next week, I'm about to take a month's hiatus from the rigors of blogging. Okay, okay, so much for "rigors"--shooting my mouth off is a whole lot easier than when I've taught, landscaped, or staffed the early a.m. shift at a doughnut shop. Regardless, on Friday, I'll introduce your al...

June 29, 2011

Bad Teacher, Breast Augmentation, and Merit Pay

As I wrote Monday, I dug the new film Bad Teacher. This kind of black comedy (think of Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa) scrapes away familiar sentiment and can permit funny, unnerving--and frequently revealing--glimpses of human nature. Take the movie's treatment of merit pay. Cameron Diaz's "bad ...

June 27, 2011

Bad Teacher? A Breath of Fresh Air

On Friday, I finally walked out of an edu-movie without having to scrape off the sanctimony and treacle. Whether heartrending dramas or documentaries, edu-cinema has long gone for the mawkish affectations of ridiculously heroic educators reaching ridiculously noble kids. After decades of watc...

June 06, 2011

When "Anti-Bias Education" Feels a Lot Like Political Hardball

I just finished the recently-released second edition of What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families. It reminded me how politicized and stifling edu-world notions of diversity can be. Authors Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia Ramsey begin by ...

December 15, 2010

Waiting For Superman: A Postmortem

Earlier this fall, there was lots of excitement about Waiting For Superman. It was the talk of the town for a bit, prompted NBC to discover education for a week, and made a school reform icon out of director Davis Guggenheim. In the aftermath, though, Guggenheim has taken shots for some questionab...

October 01, 2010

Slandering Weingarten Is No Recipe for Reform

In a troubling bit of ad hominem mud-slinging, political blogger Keli Goff penned a Huffington Post piece this week comparing American Federation of Teachers union president Randi Weingarten to Osama bin Laden. In "What Teachers' Unions, the Pope and Osama Bin Laden Have in Common," Goff wrote, "A...

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