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November 10, 2014

A Better Path Than 'Blowing Up' Schools of Education

There is a better path for ed reformers than "blowing up" schools of education.

September 13, 2011

Ed School Faculty Handbook: Students Deem Any Grade Below A- a Negative Appraisal...

I didn't really mean for yesterday's quick post on Cory Koedel's paper on grade inflation for education majors to become a multi-post arc. However, after this morning's post, I received a note from a colleague who teaches at one of the nation's top-ranked schools of education. The source was sca...

September 13, 2011

What To Do About Lax Standards for Edu-Majors?

I blogged yesterday on Cory Koedel's eye-opening research regarding the inflated grades awarded to undergraduate education majors. In response, several colleagues from the world of teacher preparation have asked what I'd have them do. Not wanting to seem unhelpful, here are a couple suggestions to...

September 12, 2011

Want a 3.8 GPA? Major in Education

There are perennial concerns about the rigor and quality of teacher preparation. These have become so familiar that ed programs have taken to shrugging off the critiques as uninformed or anecdotal. Well, University of Missouri economist Cory Koedel has provided some new, clear, and pretty troublin...

August 16, 2011

Why Mike Casserly Is a Stud

The National Council on Teacher Quality is currently preparing a controversial, much-anticipated national study of teacher preparation with U.S. News & World Report. Scheduled for release in Fall 2012, the analysis has occasioned much hand-wringing and wailing from the teacher education community. ...

May 12, 2011

Nothing, Absolutely Nothing, to See Here, Folks...

It was almost fifteen years ago now that I was sharing my Harvard dissertation, on the dynamics of school reform in fifty-seven urban districts, with a few potential publishers. The three presses I talked to--Teachers College Press, Harvard University Press, and the Brookings Institution--all sent t...

December 13, 2010

RHSU Faux News: Fake Twitter Debate on Teacher Residency Programs

Last week, Mike Petrilli posted in the Education Gadfly an amusing Twitter debate between him and Diane Ravitch. I quite liked it. But, since I don't Tweet, I couldn't go there. And I doubt I'd have the patience anyway. Happily, I realized I could pen a fake Twitter debate--which seems an easy a...

March 08, 2010

Just How Racist Are You, Anyway?

I was inclined to tag this post, "How intellectual conformity stifles 'diverse' thinking." But that seemed a bit long-winded. Anyway, here's the deal. The Politics of Education Association has decided on a theme for its special Education Politics Series issue of Vanderbilt University's Peabody ...


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