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Curmudgucation Digest (May 31)

Charters, data, oxymorons, writing, Wisconsin suckage, sad cybers,  and more kerfluffling in New Jersey.

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Charterdom's Paper Hoops

Do charters have to jump through too many hoops to win authrization? AEI thinks so.

Bell Curve Beatdown

Jersey Jazzman wrote a great post this week about standardized testing, the bell curve, and what it means to education. It was so good I returned to it again to talk about high expectations.

The Testing Circus: Whose Fault Is It?

Andrew Rotherman tries to solve the mystery of whither the testing circus. I help him out.

Standards: Agreements and Assurances

When we talk about standards, we have several ideas in things in mind, and one of them is imaginary.

A Great Teacher Story

From Broadway and the NYT, a story that reminds us of the power of a great teacher.

Joy, Data and Jumbo Shrimp

Michael Barber delivers the keynote speech for Oxymoron Day.

Writing: Not Unteachable, Often Mistaught

Responding to Paul Thomas's thoughts about writing.

Christie's Useless Gesture

Chris Christie abandons the Common Core? Big frickin' deal.

CAP Chicken Littles New Jersey

CAP freaks out over Christie defection. In a low-key desultory rote manner.

The High Expectations Fallacy

If high expectations are so great, why do we only apply them to school students?

PA: Cyber Whine Party

Governor Tom Wolf wants to end cyber-charters' big money party. They are sad about it.

Wisconsin's Assault on Public Education

Wisconsin finds new ways to vie for crown of Worst Education State in the Country.

Punching the Eight Year Olds

It's the time of year we get around to crushing third graders.

Defending the USED

Frank Bruni tries to defend the USED's continued existence with a tale from an alternate universe.

Memorial Day

This week began with Memorial Day, a holiday that is always important in my small town.

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