July 2012 Archives

Jason DeParle's long NYT piece over the weekend about the increasing percentages of children being raised in single parent homes--and the increasing inequality in family income and living standards associated with that--is well worth reading. This is an important issue with real implications for the work schools do--and one that needs to be more thoughtfully addressed in our current education debates and school reforms. But there was one other point that goes by in passing in this article but really stuck out to me: The single mother DeParle profiles is living on the economic edge not just because she's a ...


I'm a more than a little late to the punch on GAO's recent report on special education and charter schools, but I wanted to comment briefly because I continue to be totally flummoxed by some folks in the charter community's reaction to what was, essentially, a very even handed reporting of data on special education enrollment in charter schools. As my colleague Andy Rotherham noted last week, this report was hardly the "slam" on charter schools that some folks are characterizing it as, and the GAO went out of its way to describe the number of factors that might contribute ...


Great new video from Roxanna Elden, who I profiled here last year, on how the "Myth of the Super-Teacher" hurts teachers and what novice teachers really need. As teacher evaluation and personnel decisions have moved to the forefront of policy debates of late, many of these policy conversations seem weirdly disconnected from the reality that these are actual people dealing with a host of mundane, practical challenges of engaging with a room full of children every day and trying to enable/prod/motivate/coerce them into learning. That's a real weakness that undermines both the crafting of sound policy and ...


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