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October 19, 2007

Tracking Teachers' Disciplinary Records In Ohio

The folks at the Columbus Dispatch have been running a great education series all week, and even created a database for parents to see which educators if any at their school have been disciplined. Check it outL The Columbus Dispatch

October 18, 2007

Debating Education At The Economist

The Economist has been holding an online education debate, and I've missed it entirely. Well, the questions posed to us didn't seem all that compelling. Was it (is it) any good? Let us know:

October 18, 2007

Pay Bloggers, Or Send Us To Rehab?

Blogging is fun. Too much fun. As this article points out (here), it's crack for journalists, whose best ideas otherwise get killed or blocked by ogre editors, and who are usually straightjacketed by the requirements of objective journalism (blandness, rigid even-handedness). It's also g...

October 18, 2007

Fictional Baltimore Mayor Declares Victory On Education

Just like in real life. As you may recall, last year's season of The Wire, HBO's gritty convoluted tale about cops and criminals and kids in Baltimore, focused in part on the opportunistic decision by the mayor to focus on school reform. Well, the good news in this lengthy New Yorker article about...

October 17, 2007

Early Childhood Reading Gap Statistic Pretty Questionable, Says Freakonomics

There was much controversy when Freakonomics said that reading at home doesn't help test scores. Now the Freakonomics blog points out that the much-cited stat about kids and exposure to words before school is, well, sketchy (A Data Pool of One). The number comes from a 1990 book whose author used he...

October 16, 2007

Stale NCLB Coverage In The NYT

I remain supremely frustrated by articles on NCLB like Diana Jean Schemo's piece in the New York Times today, much as I appreciate the coverage. Here's why: (1) There's this insistence on making a bogeyman of NCLB even though it's admitted later on that the law is pretty toothless. (2) There's the...

October 16, 2007

Taking On The Higher Ed Lobby

I thought the Washington Monthly's Paul Glastris did pretty well on The Colbert Show last night talking about his magazine's unorthodox annual rankings (the anti-US News list). Check out the package of stories, which includes an interesting look at community colleges done by Kevin Carey, and a Ben ...

October 10, 2007

Free National Journal Interview With Spellings

Thanks to the folks at National Journal for letting everyone get a free look at Lisa Caruso's fascinating interview with EdSec Spellings (Insider Interview: Improving on '99.9 Percent Pure' (10/09/2007)). As I wrote earlier this morning, there's lots of good stuff in there.

October 10, 2007

Journalists Should Be Focused On Fact-Finding, Not Access

Powerful people have been trading access for friendly coverage since journalism began, but the recent example of GQ magazine killing an investigative story on Hillary Clinton's campaign in order not to endanger their ability to do a cover story on Bill Clinton's trip to Africa has brought the practi...

October 02, 2007

Our Schools Columnists Must Do Better

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 eff...

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