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October 30, 2007

Research, Politics, and -- Yes -- Personal Experience

Last week I linked to an article that mocked education research as a circus, to which some understandably took offense. Here's a recent ASBJ article on the same topic that may be more balanced but is no less scathing (Politics and Research). Advocates have learned to attack research methods ever mo...

October 30, 2007

Funders Heart TFA - But Not For What TFA Corps Members Actually Do

Lincoln Caplan provides us with some impressive new numbers in his recent Slate magazine article on Wendy Kopp's Teach For America: Almost $500 million raised, a goal of 4,000 new teachers per year by 2010, a 98 percent acceptance rate, annual revenues nearing $120 million (up from $10.5 million sev...

October 26, 2007

Time Writer Calls Education Research A "Circus"

"Education experts seem to concur on almost nothing," says this recent Time magazine article. "Research in the field is so politicized and contradictory that you can find almost any study to support your view. If economics is a 99-1 science, education is a 1-99 circus."

October 25, 2007

DonorsChoose On The Colbert Report

Last night's Colbert Report interview with the founder of Craigslist included much discussion of DonorsChoose.org, the organization that links donors and individual classrooms directly: Very impressive.

October 25, 2007

All Of Bush's Worst Ideas (Except Perhaps NCLB) Came From AEI

If you're wondering why the DC education blogs are so quiet today, it's because all the best-dressed education folks are gathered at a big AEI event on the supply side of school reform -- the "intriguing and daring" reformistas who are attracting all the attention (and funding) despite their small s...

October 15, 2007

Foundation Bringing $ Bling $ To Education Beat

The Spencer Foundation, which focuses largely on funding academic research, is funding a new $75,000 fellowship for education reporters (and other interested parties) who want to spend a year at Columbia University's J-School and produce a "long-form reporting project [book, magazine article, newspa...

October 12, 2007

The Genius Behind Teach For America

Today's big awards news is Al Gore getting the Nobel Prize for his efforts on global warming, but last month it was the announcement of this year's MacArthur Foundation's "genius" grants. As you may recall, one of the genius grants went to an educator. Just not the one you would have thought would ...

October 09, 2007

White House, Civil Rights Group Pump Up The NCLB Volume

Thanks to a friend for passing along the attendees list for the White House NCLB list, which features pro-NCLB civil rights groups (Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights President, Janet MurguĂ­a, National Council of La Raza President, Marc Morial, National Urban League President, Wi...

October 04, 2007

What Makes TFA So Special? It's Not What You Think

I have my fingers crossed that there's going to be another even more interesting piece on TFA coming out in the very near future. Stay tuned. In the meantime, there's a fascinating and somewhat frightening discussion about the Times Magazine article going on in Chicago -- with some commenters point...

October 04, 2007

Forget NCLB -- It's All About Spending

Forget those puny authorizing committees -- it's all about budget and appropriations. That's where the money (and an awful lot of policymaking) happens. That's why New America is holding an event today on the latest FY 2008 spending developments, featuring the House budget committee's Barbara Chow...

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