The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
The political maneuvering of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick might offer a preview of an Obama administration, says Jon Keller in the Wall Street Journal . If he's right, education reformers should be wary: Education may be the one area where Mr. Patrick could have done the most to demonstrate...
Liam Julian
Naomi Schaefer Riley writes in the Wall Street Journal about obstacles beyond??lousy??instruction in the classroom??that often prevent students in urban public schools from attending college: Letters of recommendation that are poorly written (when they're written), guidance counselors who can't be...
Liam Julian
Regarding the just-released study of Reading First's effectiveness, Mike tells USA Today that ...the study was poorly designed and "certainly not the last word on Reading First's effectiveness." For one thing, he says, researchers looked at "lackluster" Reading First schools that just barely...
The media gleefully reported the news that a big interim Reading First study ??from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) found the program to have no impact on reading comprehension. And it's hard to blame the media, for three reasons. First, it loves to pile...
Liam Julian
This is a travesty . Thank heavens we disaggregate these data.
Jeff Kuhner
Sometimes you read a story that makes you wonder what the world is coming to. This was the case for me regarding the Chicago Sun-Times piece about the school bus driver and his aide, who got their kicks taunting and verbally abusing disabled students. Cathy and Richard Bedard suspected that...
In his latest riposte , Liam argues that I've ignored the ethical dimension of the student-pay debate. When one considers the difficult moral questions that paying students for performance invariably poses, he says, it becomes clear that principals should not be given free reign to try it out in...
Jeff Kuhner
If you need further evidence of the coarsening of our culture, then read Ian Shapira's piece in Monday's Washington Post . The latest fad among some young teachers--meaning those in their 20s--is to post profiles on social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. What's wrong with that, you...
Liam Julian
Greg Toppo has a thorough piece in USA Today about school lunches. Long story short: They're disgusting. A little competition in this arena would do a body good, but the politics (yes, messing with the school lunch program is political) are such that allowing schools to do the smart thing--i.e.,...
That seems to be the premise of this Washington Post op-ed by a first-year Yale Law School student (and Princeton grad) about high achievers at America's elite universities. I'm saying that sometimes some of these students will denounce world hunger but be unfriendly to the homeless. They will...

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