Little did I know last week (Think Tanks Battle For Candidates' Ears) that the Center on American Progress has so many Obama ties to go along with its obvious Clinton connections (ie, John Podesta). Newest on my radar is Cassandra Butts, a CAP domestic policy guru who is moonlighting as an Obama advisor on her personal time. "Yes, there is a healthy competition among the think tanks to gain the ear of presidential candidates," writes Butts in an email earlier today. "And CAP is well positioned to participate in those conversations." I'll say. Forget Hillary -- how are the other ...

The NYT gives a big writeup (Teenager Casts Light on a Shadowy Game) to "the choking game" (also known as The Fainting Game, Airplaning, Dying game, Sleeper Hold, Space Cowboy, Space Monkey, Suffocation Game, Suffocation Roulette according to Wikipedia). It's nothing new, but may be spreading (isn't everything?) via YouTube. Click below for a news video about a San Antonio student who died doing it....

Click here for news about how humorist David Sedaris may have done more than exaggerate his supposedly nonfiction stories, including one about how an elementary school in Raleigh set up a program "cynically designed to identify and cure young homosexuals by erasing their lisps." Apparently it's not true, and the New Republic published a story about it last week called "This American Lie: A midget guitar teacher, a Macy's elf, and the truth about David Sedaris." Not that The New Republic has always been so great on facts....

There's a new Hechinger in town, or at least new to me. He's John Hechinger, who's been covering education for the Wall Street Journal for two years now (John Hechinger) and has already won some awards for his coverage. If the name sounds familiar, that's because the Hechinger Institute at Columbia University runs seminars and briefings for education reporters, and is named after a famous NYT education editor, Fred Hechinger. Apparently, John's father. Nice....

"CREDIT THE No Child Left Behind Act for this: It helped to reveal how little learning was going on in many classrooms, especially those with poor and minority students," begins this LA Times editorial (Son of No Child Left Behind). "This is no small accomplishment. Still, the law has not yet achieved its key goals...Flaws in the law have held back real educational progress and unfairly placed blame on public-school teachers for everything but the weather."...


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