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October 13, 2011

A Handy 2012 Rolodex Supplement for Edu-Reporters

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the ed press's disconcerting habit of relying almost entirely on professional Democrats or Democratic-leaning academics to provide commentary on Republican education proposals when it comes to the Presidential contest and federal policy. It's obviously appropriate ...

May 31, 2011

What Subjects Does Edu-World Track?

Today's blog is entirely a matter of assuaging edu-geek curiosity. My pal Mike Petrilli and I got into a conversation the other week that only someone trapped in edu-land could love: we started wondering which of the Education Week subject matter blogs drew the most interest. If you don't care, tha...

January 28, 2011

A Postmortem on the "Tiger Mom" Brouhaha--It's All About Her

I was fortunate to have been away during much of the recent "tiger mom" craze. Sadly, the chatter, interviews, and excerpts have lingered, leading me to think a brief postmortem is in order. For all the claims that this is about supporting her kids, it strikes me that "tiger mom" author Amy Ch...

December 07, 2010

Puffing Up the Fad Machine

Since my earliest days in teacher preparation, I've been disconcerted by education's appetite for faddism. And I've been confounded by journalistic cheerleading for one fad after another. Yesterday, the Washington Post's story "Montgomery's multi-tasking Little Red Riding Hood"--featured on page ...

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