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February 17, 2007

More Audio and Video Coming Your Way

Little by little, step by step, there's more education-related audio (and video) that you can listen to or watch on your computer: Eating Disorders on America's College Campuses John Merrow In this exclusive video podcast, we take a look inside America’s college campuses, where eating disorders m...

February 16, 2007

The War In NCLB

PBS's John Merrow isn't the first to put NCLB in the context of the war in Iraq, but he does have some interesting things to say: "As the law enters its sixth year, “staying the course” would be disastrous for public education and, eventually, American society. But a “surge” strategy won’t...

February 14, 2007

The Papers Cover The Aspen Commission Report

Everyone covers the Aspen Commission report from yesterday, including: 'No Child' Commission Presents Ambitious Plan  Washington Post A commission proposed a wide-reaching expansion of the No Child Left Behind law yesterday that would for the first time require schools to ensure that all senio...

February 13, 2007

More On The Times Story On Graduation Rates

There's probably no one who knows more about college graduation rates than longtime USDE data guru Cliff Adelman (now Senior Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy). While not criticizing Dillon directly or praising the University of Phoenix for its programs, Adelman says that data used p...

February 13, 2007

Did The NYT Get It Wrong On The University Of Phoenix?

Yesterday, I told you how a NYT story about the University of Phoenix might have been just a wee bit too comfortably critical of nontraditional (for-profit) education compared to traditional education. Today the University of Phoenix fired back, describing the NYT story as unfair, misleading, and...

February 13, 2007

Bloggers Coming Clean

I was not one of the big time bloggers who got sent a new laptop from Microsoft earlier this year, but maybe that's a good thing considering all the hell they're getting for taking and not all disclosing the corporate freebie (Bloggers Need to Come Clean NPR). But it is a good reminder that blogg...

February 09, 2007

The Gad-Blast: Best Of The Gadfly & The NewsBlast

If you've been reading along this week, you've already seen most of what the weekly newsletters have to say.  But there are some new things, too. At the PEN NewsBlast, there are posts about financial inequalities in Illinois, more about the FY08 budget, some things from the TC Record (which I ...

February 08, 2007

Catching Up With NPR

Knowing that many of you like to listen to things while sitting at your desk, I'm trying to keep track of what's going on at NPR and other stations about education. This latest roundup includes audio segments about the Bush budget proposal, extended time, college diversity, and school safety. Oh...

February 07, 2007

Private Schools & The Poor

Once again, The Atlantic Monthly ($) has a thought-provoking article about education. Last month, it was about New Orleans. The latest is about private schools in other countries that have been set up to educate the very poor -- and the mixed feelings of international aid organizations and others ...

February 07, 2007

Teach For America's Wendy Kopp Survives Colbert

Usually, Steven Colbert (of the Colbert Report) eviscerates his guests by turning their arguments on their heads and asking ridiculous questions. So much so that someone even wrote an article about how to survive a Colbert interview. But as others have noted he took it pretty easy on Teach For Am...

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