It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.
Recently in Education Research Category
August 11, 2017
October 22, 2016
Should people who fund charter schools also be funding research studies on charter school effectiveness? If that seems like a conflict of interest to you, you're not alone.
October 18, 2016
School choice is all the rage in education right now, but, to me, the only choice we need to make is this one: we need to commit to public education for everybody, not just for those lucky enough to win an enrollment lottery or lucky enough to have parents who live in the right zip code.
September 05, 2016
We should make it easier for kids to go to school and get something out of it, even if it means making a few sacrifices on our part. As it stands the choices we make now too often do the opposite. We can do better than that.
August 26, 2016
There is an old argument about teaching and teacher pay making the rounds, masquerading as a powerful new insight. The argument is that improving the working conditions of teachers is more important than raising teacher pay. Come on now.
August 22, 2016
I'm not reflexively opposed to the idea of changing the traditional school calendar, and I'm not married to the idea that summer vacation, in particular, must be protected at all costs. What are some other alternatives?
June 03, 2016
The problem with grit is that it privileges hard work over judgment; people with grit keep working even when they don't know why they're doing it. What if having grit is not as good for us as we thought it was?
May 22, 2016
Whether we want to admit it or not, the world is only going to be ours for a little while. Before long it will pass on to our children, and if all we've done to prepare them to take on that responsibility is remind them of how little they've accomplished and blame their teachers for not helping them do more, what reason do we have to think they'll be able to handle it?
May 17, 2016
After I shared some critical observations about the data collection and analysis techniques employed by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently, I got a surprise in my inbox: a response from someone at NCTQ. Here's my response.
March 29, 2016
I asked Andra Williams Broadwater, who works with a group called "Start School Later," to share some thoughts on the importance of delaying start times in the morning in the interest of our children's health. This seems like one thing that would be pretty easy to get right.