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November 02, 2007

Like Imus, Edison Schools Is Coming Back

If disgraced shock jock Don Imus can make a comeback, why not somewhat disgraced school management company Edison? That's exactly the plan, according to the SF Schools Blog, which has come across a "secret" document about the comeback plan: A whole new Edison Schools. After you're done there, che...

October 16, 2007

Two Million Minutes Of High School

There are apparently two million minutes of instruction during high school, and -- no surprise -- we're not using ours very wisely. Here's the trailer for a new, as yet unreleased documentary about the problem: Conceived and exec produced by venture capitalist Bob Compton, and directed by two TF...

October 16, 2007

EdWeek Runs Scientologist Ad, Says NASBE

I hardly ever read the paper version of EdWeek, so I never see the ads. But over at the NASBE blog (yes, everyone has a blog now), the question is whether EdWeek should have run an ad that's apparently paid for by a group affiliated with Scientologists (No Apparent Ad Policy at Ed Week): "What kin...

October 09, 2007

Why Teach Chinese?

Chinese foreign language classes are all the rage in some districts -- Chicago, Palo alto to name a couple. But, according to this video, the Chinese are learning English faster and in greater numbers than we could ever match up. I'm all for rigorous courses, and loved taking Chinese in colleg...

September 25, 2007

Big Releases Of The Day: NAEP & Halo 3

Forget Hillary Clinton's seemingly-insurmountable lead, the collapse of the mortgage industry, the visit of the Iranian president, or the arrival of the video game Halo 3. It's NAEP release day. Woo hoo! Let the spin begin. Copies of The Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2007 and The Nation’...

July 24, 2007

Reader Rabbit Takes Over Publishing

The lineup of folks coming in to sell schools books is going to be slightly different this year. Both EdWeek and the NY Times recently have articles on the publishing industry, following up on the "merger" of Houghton Mifflin and RiverDeep -- known for Reader Rabbit among other things (Riverdeep b...

July 03, 2007

Summer School For The Princeton Review

And they say that everything's been breezy for test prep companies. Well, maybe so, but tthings have been pretty rough for The Princeton Review of late, according to Robert Baird Associates' monthly Class Notes: "A 13% increase of shares of Renaissance Learning and modest increases in shares of Sc...

June 29, 2007

Crayon Shoes

To increase its appeal to younger school children, Nike is making “Notebook” Dunk High, “Elmers Glue” Air Max 90, and the “Crayon” Vandal High shoes. Leave it to them to make sure that no shoe marketing angle goes untapped. The Biz Of Knowledge wonders whether the kids will fall for i...

June 28, 2007

Raking In The Online High School Sports Dollars

Things are sure heating up in the world of selling high school sports online. In an effort to compete with sports news sites like ESPN.com and social networking sites for athletes like Takkle.com (which most of us have probably never heard of), Yahoo! last week bought Rivals.com, a giant high schoo...

June 25, 2007

Here Come Consulting Firms (Again)

Today's Washington Post has an interesting piece about the use of high-priced management consultants -- Deloitte, KPMG, McKinsey, Alvarez & Associates (of St. Louis and NOLA fame) -- in urban school districts, a good reminder that it's not just the policy wonks and think tanks that drive real live ...

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