Curmudgucation Digest (July 5)
Creating great teachers and putting them in the right classrooms. More gaps. And a happy Fourth of July.
For some reason, even folks at the New York Times were excited about "new" NY testing rules that didn't actually change a thing.
A PA lawmaker is concerned about charter truancy oversight (or the lack thereof).
FEE lends a helping hand to the reformster effort to make something out of the differences between state testing scores and NAEP results.
Bellwether Ed Partners release a paper about the balance of state and federal control. Interesting questions, the answers need work, but great title.
In PA, one senator in particular is busy trying to smash public education and the people who work there.
Cristina Duncan Evans thinks it's too easy to study education. She may have half a point, but then she loses the thread.
So how should we train teachers? I have some thoughts.
Once again I heard the analogy that good drivers just automatically do well on the driving test, and school testing works the same way. Just teach 'em good and the test scores will follow. Well, no.
States are busy trying to put a great teacher in every classroom. This will not end well.
Philly schools decide to fix their substitute teacher problem by paying less and adding an outsourced middle manager. What could possibly go wrong?
America stands for doing things the hard way. That's a good thing.