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September 04, 2007

Objectifying Teachers

In a cross between Van Halen's old video, Hot For Teacher, and the old school rap song called Baby Got Back, Carl's Junior has a somewhat offensive ad out in which two students describe the virtues of flat buns -- burger buns, of course -- while a teacher/stripper writhes on her desk. Probably not ...

September 03, 2007

Labor Day Roundup: Books, Journalism, Blogs

An astonishing look at NCLB Jay Mathews This is the best book ever written about No Child Left Behind. In the trenches with US educators Slate Strangely, perhaps, the spectacle of obsessive administrators and anxious teachers in the trenches presented by both Perlstein and Klein just might help but...

August 17, 2007

There's A Scandal Going On All Around Me

There's a scandal going on all around me. Or at least that's what Kevin DeRosa at D-Ed Reckoning says (Edweek Spins Reading Research). His post argues that EdWeek's story on the WWC report is way too pro-Reading Recovery, and that the requirements for WWC are substantially different from Reading F...

August 10, 2007

A Better Education For Poor Kids, Or An Ideal One?

I still haven't read Linda Perlstein's new book, Tested, but USA Today's Greg Toppo has, and he asks Perlstein a few questions here ('Tested' examines difficult choices). In the interview, Perlstein decries the current school environment, in which there is "one world where students pass the test as ...

August 03, 2007

Job Opening In Dallas

"The Dallas Morning News seeks a seasoned reporter to join its prize-winning education team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to execute sophisticated enterprise, and he or she will have an eye for fresh, classroom-level topics that resonate with students and parents. Also a mus...

July 31, 2007

Inane "I Like Turtles" Video Goes National

If you ever think that something I'm putting up on this site is inane, remember that this clip of a 10 year old boy at a carnival saying "I like turtles" comes from the Washington Post -- apparently the clip has become something of an Internet sensation. Go here: For the 'I Like Turtles' Boy, 17...

July 26, 2007

Former Washington Post Reporter Looks Into Testing Effects

Praise is already rolling in for Linda Perlstein's new book, Tested, which charts the (mostly-negative) impact of test-based accountability on a Maryland school that had increased its test scores dramatically in recent years. So far, the book has been blurbed by David Simon, author of The Corner an...

July 25, 2007

Post Education Writer Doesn't Last Long

FishBowlDC reports that newbie Post education writer Amit Paley is headed off to some other, more cushy job. Covering Iraq. Starting September. Congrats, condolences. No word yet on who (if anyone) is replacing Paley. In the meantime, I guess that just means more work (and less vacation) for Ja...

July 25, 2007

Comparing Coverage Of The "Curriculum Narrowing" Report

Lots of folks take a swipe at reporting this year's version of the CEP survey of school districts about the impacts of NCLB on instruction. The AP version of the story is pretty cut and dried (No Child law has downside, survey finds). In contrast, the NYT spends a lot of time trying to explain why...

July 19, 2007

NY Times (and Balto Sun) Break Harry Potter Embargo

Just like they did with the Center On Education Progress's 2006 report on curriculum narrowing -- only much, much worse -- the NY Times has apparently broken the embargo on reviewing the new Harry Potter book. This is making some folks crazy, including at the Huffington Post, which has all the deta...

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