December 2012 Archives

With an eye towards reader traffic, Twitter interest, and our own judgment, we've tagged ten of RHSU's highlights from 2012.

I believe we need to insist that it's unacceptable for anyone, whatever their views, to exploit the murder of children when debating unions, testing, and such.

Here are some edu-journal articles that I was especially eager to read over the Christmas holiday.

Students will be well-served if educators, parents, and policymakers recognize that public systems, nonprofits, and for-profits all have vital roles to play.

I'd like all of us, before we write, opine, or declaim, to take care that we accord the lost children of Newtown the dignity they deserve.

I don't care about aggregate satisfaction; I want to know the satisfaction of terrific, hard-working teachers and employees who are making a difference for kids.

Yesterday, I chatted with former Indiana superintendent Tony Bennett about his new role as Florida education commissioner.

There was a timely conversation yesterday in New York Times's "Room for Debate" about whether it makes sense for standards and funding to vary by state.

As a nation, we're spending vast sums we don't have, and the edu-advocates' slogan seems to be: "Screw the kids, let's keep borrowing."

Three smart, well-written, and provocative books that are worth checking out.

A few years back, when the Gates Foundation started recruiting a slew of super smart, extraordinarily influential people away from their old jobs, I observed that Gates had become the New York Yankees (or, less charitably, the Washington Redskins) of education. Well, now, after Common Core impresario David Coleman took the helm of the College Board a few weeks back, he has quickly made it clear that, if Gates is the Yankees, he's ready to be the big-spending Boston Red Sox. In the first of what I suspect will be a series of attention-grabbing hires, he's recruited policy/advocacy rock ...

Many people say nice things about our earnest Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. It's easy to see why, even if one thinks the Obama administration has made its share of mistakes on education. He's a pleasant, even-tempered guy; has comported himself in Chicago and D.C. with class; and has gotten some significant stuff right, like giving his terrific "New Normal" speech and broadening out the reform agenda in helpful ways. But none of that explains the bizarre, mouth-breathing man-crush that New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has on him. In a NYT column last week that I found fairly ...

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