The Education Gadfly Daily

Sunday's New York Times Magazine features an article on K-12 arts education . The piece sets out to refute Obama's evidently misleading claims that teaching the arts leads to improved student performance on standardized tests. There is indeed a correlation between, for example, how many years...
Checker writes about the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Nation at Risk in the Wall Street Journal and the Gadfly . He also talked about it last week on "America's Business with Mike Hambrick," a radio show associated with the National Association of Manufacturers: httpv:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
The upcoming issue of Education Next (which Fordham sponsors) reveals that "Almost 96 percent of the public underestimate either per-pupil spending in their districts or teacher salaries in their states." In fact, they vastly underestimate these figures: The average respondent surveyed in 2007...
Evidently Reverend Jeremiah Wright made some controversial statements about education and race last night. Over at The Corner, Byron York asks Checker for his take on the whole thing .
At The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez writes that we can help save our inner cities by saving faith-based schools. She rightly praises President Bush for using the "bully pulpit" at last week's White House summit to call education "one of the greatest civil-rights challenges," and to urge Congress to...
Jeff Kuhner
Linda Shaw wrote an interesting piece in last week's Seattle Times . Apparently, civil disobedience against the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) is alive and well--at least, as embodied in Carl Chew, a 60-year-old science teacher who refuses to give the test to his sixth-graders at...
Here in D.C., the politics of education reform seem tame compared to what our Fordham team in Ohio faces, a point made clear in this Columbus Education Association interview with Governor Ted Strickland. In outlining his "6 point plan" on education, Strickland continues the attack on charter...
Senator Barack Obama appeared on Fox News Sunday and (among other things) spoke of his school reform bona fides. Chris Wallace asked him to name an issue where he'd be willing to buck the Democratic Party, and Obama pointed to education: I've been very clear about the fact--and sometimes I've...
In his appearance yesterday on Fox News , Obama said that "I've been very clear about the fact... that we should be experimenting with charter schools." Actually, he hasn't been very clear about that fact, at least during this campaign. (He was a well-known charter supporter during his Illinois...
If states and school districts based layoff decisions on merit, and not seniority, we wouldn't have to read about ridiculous situations like this . See our report on collective bargaining agreements by Rick Hess and Coby for our reasoning on why the "last hired, first fired" rule should be...

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