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June 25, 2007

Two Good "Time-Lapse" Education Stories

There are a couple of good examples of time-lapse education writing out there right now, including Dale Mezzacappa's Philadelphia Inquirer look at 112 inner-city kids who were promised a college education 20 years ago, what's happened to them since (left), and a look at the other "Say Yes" initiativ...

June 22, 2007

Quotes Of The Week: "What’s this Korean lady doing here?"

Michelle Rhee (left) in the NYT about reaction to her arrival in DC: “I know what you’re all thinking. What’s this Korean lady doing here?” And, earlier in the week, EdSec Spellings on NCLB and President Bush in the Baltimore Sun: "If I do say so modestly, it is the jewel in the crown o...

June 20, 2007

Colbert Loves NCLB -- Better Than Jon Stewart

Thanks to the Schools for Tomorrow Blog for reminding me that I had never posted the Colbert Report segment on states gaming proficiency standards from a couple of weeks ago: Don't worry, it's still funny. And Colbert seems to have done a much better job than Jon Stewart of learning about (and b...

June 20, 2007

The Times Vs. The Post: Education's Weekly Showdown

The Times' Sam Freedman faces off against the Post's Jay Mathews in their weekly education column showdown. Who do you think wins this week? A Graduate of Stanford by Way of a Transfer: One foundation tries to help talented, low-income students make the transition from community colleges into eli...

June 19, 2007

Top 10 Party High Schools In America

Looking over the annual awards for alternative weeklies I came across this education-related item from the Orlando Weekly:: Atomic Prom, which lists the top 10 party high schools in America. "Newsweek has published a list of 100 American high schools that “do the best job of preparing average st...

June 18, 2007

Jay Mathews On Michelle Rhee: Didn't I Just Say That?

One of the challenges of blogging all the time is that you end up thinking -- true or not -- that you already thought and said nearly everything you later read. Take today's Jay Mathews piece in the Washington Post (Maverick Teachers' Key D.C. Moment), in which he fleshes out the significance of fre...

June 15, 2007

Overplaying The Student Loan Scandal?

While the Times, Post, and everyone else continues to play the student loan thing for all its worth (House Panel Passes Bill to Cut Subsidies to Student Lenders), along comes the ominously-named Business Media Institute to ask whether there's as much real damage going on as there is simple media and...

June 14, 2007

Pros and Cons Of Collaborative News-Gathering

I just finished doing a short end-of-school segment on Vocalo, Chicago's new collaborative radio station, with my friend Dan Weissmann, and at roughly the same time came across this post from Mediashift (a PBS blog) about "Collaborative" Radio, which sounds like an audio version of what we...

June 12, 2007

Casey Journalism Awards Feature Strong Education Writing

The 2007 Casey Journalism awards are out, including a ton of great work around children, youth, and family issues. As you'll see, the awardees make for some tough reading. This is no Paris Hilton goes to jail type of journalism. But it's worth it. Some of my favorites include Jean Rimbach and Ka...

June 12, 2007

EdWeek Slams KIPP, Issues Report, Gives It All Away

Style and hype aside, the big slam on KIPP schools has been that it can't keep its students -- they drop out or return to their old schools where things are easier and less structured, a dynamic that at a certain point sort of defeats the purpose. EdWeek takes a look at this in a recent article: KI...

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