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March 10, 2011

Loving Those Pranksters at TCR

After writing more about Wisconsin the past week or two than is probably healthy, I thought it'd be nice to address something a little lighter. Fortunately, the pranksters at the Teachers College Record offer sweet, sweet succor in the form of what seems to be an early April Fool's joke--something a...

March 08, 2011

Seriously, People?

In a free nation, people are going to disagree about ideas, values, policies, and the rest. We honor the legacy of freedom by embracing that diversity of views. For what it's worth, when engaging in public debate, I do my best to steer clear of ad hominem invective, guilt by association, or the ass...

October 29, 2010

I'm Shocked, Shocked--Well, a Bit Surprised--That the UCEA's Standing Behind Its "Enemies List"

As luck would have it, I'm down here in New Orleans, and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) is holding its annual conference just a few blocks away. I'm even invited to a Saturday breakfast for an advisory board I sit on. This is all mildly ironic because, for those who r...

October 26, 2010

Of Enemies Lists and Education Leadership

I was amused to learn this morning that the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) is now in the business of issuing "enemies lists." A hat tip to NC State's Lance Fusarelli for the heads up. It's actually even better than that. In the same quarterly issue of the UCEA Review that...

September 01, 2010

Vapidity Is the Watchword When It Comes to Edu-Leadership

It's like a bad joke. You're interviewing candidates for an important education job and ask each about their views on using performance-based metrics to evaluate and potentially remove teachers. Who actually answers the question, much less inspires confidence that they're up to snuff? The ex-bask...

August 11, 2010

"[Dis]ableing the Race to the Top": Say What Now?

In a new Teachers College Record commentary, Penn State professors Kathleen M. Collins and Joseph Valente make an impressive contribution to the ranks of incomprehensible edu-babble. The abstract of "[Dis]ableing the Race to the Top" is all you really need (or may want) to read. It begins, "The au...

August 09, 2010

Sunday NYT Celebrates a -ubious New Policy

In its inimitable style, the New York Times yesterday featured a page one ed story celebrating an aimless new district policy and the superintendent responsible. In a story headlined "Little as They Try, Students Can't Get a D Here," NYT's Winnie Hu enthusiastically hailed the new "no D's" policy a...

August 04, 2010

It's Raining Money

The folks at the Department of Ed were no doubt pleased to see that the Senate voted 61-38 to end debate on a spending bill that had been in limbo just a couple days ago. This means the bill will pass the Senate in short order and will in all likelihood pass the House in mid-September. Included in...

May 20, 2010

Is a Little "Unum" Really So Bad?

In Monday's Washington Post, education columnist Valerie Strauss took issue with Arizona superintendent Tom Horne for promoting legislation (focused primarily on ethnic studies classes) that "pretends to be about education but is all about politics." Strauss wrote, "If you think Arizona state govern...

April 29, 2010

Making the Most of the First Day at AERA

Tomorrow, the nation's education researchers, professors, and such will convene in Denver for the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. If you're going to be in Denver and want to catch up, on Friday and Saturday I'll be at Marlowe's co-hosting the "School Reform Café...

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