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October 12, 2011

Notice to Blog Readers: Guest Bloggers Ahead

I've launched into a new book with a tight deadline (You might have thought I'd avoid that, given that the Michelle Rhee book, The Bee Eater, turned into a crash production after Mayor Fenty lost his bid for another term .... but no). To free up time for book research and writing I have invited seve...

September 16, 2011

Republican Education Reforms Likely to Help Boys?

Fuggedaboutit, argues RiShawn Biddle in this Dropout Nation piece, which cites the USA Today commentary we wrote together: Meanwhile the Alexander plan fails to deal with the reality that accountability needs to be expanded, not scaled back. The need to force the overhaul of ed schools, who train m...

June 28, 2011

Could an Updated NCLB Help Boys?

Of course it could, by eliminating the obvious gender loophole from the first version of the law. RiShawn Biddle and I make the argument in USA Today. Given that thousands of schools are likely to escape stiff federal accountability in the new version, it should not be considered onerous to add ge...

February 13, 2011

I Hate To Be a Press Critic, But....

Why don't we see more daily newspaper coverage of the boy troubles in this country? The gender gap differences between the U.S. and Britain are minute, and yet these stories are routine there. Okay, well, I'm supposed to know something about that, considering my background. But I really don't. You ...

June 11, 2010

Newkirk on Writing Standards

Want an example of how more intense reading and writing standards have been pushed into the lower grades, affecting boys more than girls? Here's an Education Week essay by writing expert Thomas Newkirk, author of Misreading Masculinity, a must-read for anyone studying the gender gap. The new common...

February 05, 2010

Opening Salvos on NCLB

Time to put down markers on the reauthorization of NCLB. That law, detested by most teachers and principals, opened up schools for (nearly) full data inspection. Schools were held accountable along the lines of race, ethnicity and income. At one point, this Times editorial appears to suggest that ...

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