Everybody seems to like the Bob Herbert column on school reform, but not me. I mean, I get that it's cool when a New York Times columnist writes about education, and even gets it pretty right (we need to do more than fiddle at the margins here). But the solutions -- charters, measuring teacher effectiveness -- seem pretty run of the mill among a certain set. And, as usual, there's nothing there about how to accomplish such things. (Kevin Carey here. Eduwonk here. American Reality here. Whitney Tilson here....

Three Raleigh schools have won the national Blue Ribbon School Award, but none are from the school system. (Winning the Blue Ribbon award WakEd) Last week was exhausting -- I didn't feel good about any of my classes. (Discipline part II School Of Blog) If you’re shopping around for lesson plans, look no further than FactCheckEd.org. (Teaching the Art of Persuasion Learning Now PBS) Sure, Miller and Spellings don't always agree, but he's hardly out to gut NCLB... he's taking a lot of heat for defending it! (Mixed Message Eduwonk) As proof that leftovers can be delicious, here's ...

My favorite part of this PBS NewsHour segment on DC schools superintendent Michelle Rhee is where she talks about how seeing all the unused books and supplies in the central warehouse made her want to throw up. Thanks to Whitney Tilson for uploading this. See part 2 here....

The rhetoric surrounding "children first" is powerful and needed stuff, I'd argue, but not to the point of disregarding the needs of classroom teachers whose needs are often not being met by schools, either. Sherman Dorn makes this point eloquently in a recent post: "Elementary and secondary schools are environments that are about the least adult-friendly you can imagine, outside sweatshops," writes Dorn (The adults v. children meme). "Where else can adults be vulnerable to being hit by children, be told when they can go to the bathroom, and be told that their own intellectual development does not serve the ...

"In 1992, filmmaker Sam Lee moved from England to teach second grade at a unique school in Harlem aimed at helping disadvantaged youth. Ten years later, she decided to revisit her former students, now seniors in high school, and find out what had become of their dreams, their families, and their lives." (Choices: The Perfect Life)....


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