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Curmudgucation Digest (December 28)

You'd think a holiday week would be slow, but between news breaking in York, PA and Bill Gates admitting to being naive, there were still pieces to be written.

Talking Distraction

Blogger Dad Gone Wild reminds us that while it's okay to have a conversation, we should still keep one eye on the game.

A Truce for Redrawing the Line

Mike McShane calls for an education version of the Christmas truce, but I think he's really asking us to reconsider how we distinguish friends from foes.

Reading Not To Write

Daniel Katz helps crystallize why David Coleman's advice on teaching reading is just so bad.

Setting Cut Scores

We have some serious misconceptions about where cut scores come from. (Spoiler alert: not from anything related to academics or education)

Teaching Ambassador

You still have time to fill out an application to become a USED teaching ambasador!

When Testing Drives the Bus

One more story about how the emphasis on testing really messes up how schools work.

A Free Market Leson from the Airlines

A Slate piece about airline misery gives us one more lesson about how the free market doesn't belong in education.

Merry Christmas

Can I get through the holiday without getting tied back to education somehow? Of course not.

Bill Gates: "I Was Naive"

Gates has to admit some hard learning about global health. Now if he could just transfer the learning to other endeavors...

The Shafting of York, PA: Round One

A ruling about turning the public schools of York PA into receivership sets the stage for the next big battle for the soul of public education

Why For Profit = Anti Student

An analogy to explain why for-profit charters will always be a bad idea. Always.

John Green on Public Education

Green, successful novelist and popular vlogger, makes a strong case for public ed in under four minutes

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