Curmudgucation Digest (January 25)
This week the Washington Post got moral, New Jersey charters got tough, and the Senate got busy.
Turns out that New Jersey charters didn't call up just any hired gun to try to silence criticism; they brought in an experienced slam artist.
We've had test-driven accountability for over a decade now, and it was supposed to bring all sorts of success. So where are the success stories?
Even if modern ed reform ended tomorrow, there are still problems we have to solve in public education.
From the world of chemistry comes a handy guide to spotting bogus science in action.
The Post says that the work of NCLB is a moral imperative. I have a few other suggestions for them about some moral imperatives they might want to focus on.
Language in a decision about a North Carolina anti-abortion law gives us one more way to explain what's wrong with much ed reform.
The AFT teamed up with CAP this week to announce that they were changing sides and supporting testing and VAM. We're not all fans of the announcement.
The problem with having things meet a universal standard is that it insures mediocre results.
A choice advocacy group finds unprecedented support for school choice, and they want everybody (who's running for President) to know about it.
Rick Hess and Andy Smarick made some arguments for nuancing, conservatism and conversation-building. I take that ball and run with a little.
There's at least one aspect of education that makes it different from any other sector when it comes to a free market.
In Indianapolis, more parents are shocked and upset when their charter doesn't act like a public school.
The title of the event was "Business Backs Education." The point of the talk by Blackstone's CEO was "Not So Much."
A new report lays out the ways in which CCSS kindergarten reading standards are just plain wrong.
The NCLB hearing was a reminder that neither party has our back.
Many education reforms aren't about fixing public education so much as replacing it with something different.