Some folks in positions of educational import are shading the truth, big time. How do I know this? Because I'm hearing two very different things that can't be reconciled.
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June 26, 2014
June 12, 2014
The professor who beat Rep. Eric Cantor in a primary would not be likely to increase education funding if he makes it to Congress.
June 09, 2014
I was struck by some of the feedback to last Thursday's post on the whole "why can't pols get out of schooling?" question. Meanwhile, reform skeptic John Thompson continued our occasional, engaging, correspondence, penning a thoughtful missive that took the blog to heart while arguing that reformers ought be equally willing to make their peace with the ways of liberal democracy. His take is constructive and applies the insights usefully (though you'll note parts that I obviously don't buy), and I agreed to run it as a follow-up.
May 15, 2014
Researchers studied Web views before and after the school shootings to see how people explore polarizing issues.
May 07, 2014
An unusually bleak thank-you letter to teachers from Georgia's superintendent of schools strikes a nerve.
May 05, 2014
Two new polls poke into Americans' attitudes about the common-core standards by political viewpoint, and come up with different conclusions.
April 30, 2014
Special education funding has been a big issue in the suburban Minnesota district represented by John Kline, a Republican.
April 15, 2014
School reform is hard for adults, but it's child's play. Introducing the teeter-totter theory. All you need to know in 2.5 minutes
April 07, 2014
For those interested in schooling, a potential Jeb Bush candidacy is an altogether good thing. Keep in mind that, for more than a decade, Jeb Bush has been the Right's unquestioned champion of school reform. During his two terms as Florida's governor, he earned a reputation for his ambitious, transformative education agenda. Since leaving office in 2007, Bush has extended his legacy. He launched the influential Foundation for Excellence in Education. He has been the go-to mentor for GOP governors on education and a leading proselytizer for digital learning. Bush's knowledge of education dwarfs that of anyone else in the field. Even if you disagree with him, a Jeb Bush candidacy ensures that education will get its fair share of attention. Now, all that said, a Bush candidacy could also face a fascinating complication from the Common Core.
February 07, 2014
How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.