Flypaper’s 11 most popular posts of 2011
As the curtains close on 2011, take a moment to remember the year that was on Flypaper by revisiting the most-read posts:
Mike explained how ED’s crusade for racial diversity may have some unintended and unfortunate effects on America’s best magnet schools.
Checker took a moment to reflect on Osama bin Laden’s death and the lessons we should draw from the post-9/11 decade.
Penelope Placide, a ninth-grade student at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School who worked at Fordham last spring as part of her school’s Corporate Work Study Program, explained what she found when she surveyed her classmates on what it takes to be a good teacher.
The final months of 2011 witnessed a flurry of scathing articles on the merits of online learning from The Nation, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others. In this post, the head of the nation’s largest online learning company made his defense.
Mike tried to bring a sense of realism to what we might expect in terms of improved student achievement for the 1 million poor students entering Kindergarten this fall.
Mike and Checker teamed up to defend the Common Core and counter the counter-manifesto published by Jay Greene and Bill Evers, among others, in response to May’s Shanker Institute manifesto on a common curriculum. (Confused? Read on.)
Mike wondered what it would take to get all parents fired up for education reform…and whether leaving NCLB alone might be the surest route.
Asking if teachers unions’ political influence has made local control untenable earned Mike plenty of feedback from across the political spectrum.
Mike argued that, despite what Alfie Kohn may say, what works for affluent kids may not be right for students growing up in poverty—a point Lisa Delpit made 25 years ago.
Disagreeing on policy is one thing, but Mike explained that Kevin Carey crossed a line when he questioned Diane Ravitch’s personal integrity.
…and, to make it an even (odd?) 11 for 2011, the most tweeted post of the year:
Kathleen followed up Mike’s take on Alfie Kohn’s “pedagogy of poverty” commentary by arguing the achievement gap is “really little more than a practice gap.” But most critically, she included the following factoid, which quickly went viral on Twitter: “By the time s/he starts Kindergarten, the average middle class student has been exposed to 1,700 hours of one-on-one reading. Do you know how many hours of reading the average disadvantaged student has been exposed to by Kindergarten? 25. That’s 1.4 percent of their middle class peers.”
Get ready for more insightful and entertaining commentary in 2012...and a new look for the blog. Happy New Year!
Category: Additional Topics
blog comments powered by Disqus
About the Editor
Michael J. Petrilli
Executive Vice President
Mike Petrilli is one of the nation's foremost education analysts. As executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, he oversees the organization's research projects and publications and contributes to the Flypaper blog and weekly Education Gadfly newsletter.
June 13, 2013
Sign Up for updates from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Core Knowledge Blog
- Daniel Willingham: Science and Education Blog
- Education Next Blog
- Getting Smart
- Gotham Schools
- Jay P. Greene
- Joanne Jacobs
- NACSA's Chartering Quality
- National Journal Education Blog
- NCTQ Pretty Darn Quick
- NCTQ Teacher Quality Bulletin
- Ohio Education Gadfly
- Politics K-12
- Quick and the Ed
- Rick Hess Straight Up
- The Corner
- The Hechinger Report
- Top Performers