The Education Gadfly Daily

Last week, Chris Cerf stepped down after three extraordinarily successful years as New Jersey’s commissioner of education. Education observers in the Garden State and beyond will remember his tenure for its major initiatives. He secured a Race to the Top 3 grant and one of the first ESEA waivers...
Lisa Hansel
Having observed, and occasionally weighed in on , the Common Core standards debates, I’m sure of one thing: no one is paying enough attention to the good work educators across the country are doing as they attempt to bring these new standards to life. Journalists, op-ed writers, and bloggers are...
Aaron Grossman
The recently released Fordham report on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards includes the work of Washoe County, my district. Naturally, a report like this cannot include every detail, and what follows is how my peers and I concluded that reorienting instructional practice, to...
By now, education observers are aware of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s incursion on the Big Apple’s charter sector . No one should be surprised; this was no ambuscade, no lying in wait. He publicly campaigned against charters . He actually called his predecessor’s policy of allowing charter...
Angelica Blanchette
If the latest Indiana draft standards for English language arts are any indication, rewriting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for reading seems to be an exercise in futility. I’m not claiming that the standards are perfect—no standards are—but they are strong, particularly in the early...
Note: This post is part of our series, " Netflix Academy: The best educational videos available for streaming ." Be sure to check out our previous Netflix Academy posts on dinosaurs ; aquatic life ; insects ; frogs and other amphibians ; reptiles ; Ancient Asian Cultures ; the early American...
The K–12 education world brims with debates and dichotomies that get us into all manner of needless quarrels and cul-de-sacs, thus messing up every reform initiative and retarding progress. In every case, both sides are certain that they speak the whole truth; convinced that opposing views are...
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” ― Jane Austen , Pride and Prejudice I vividly remember a seventh-grade...
Duplication is not always a good thing. Think about it, most of us don’t carry two cell phones. In a world with limited pants-pocket space, two phones would be senseless, right? Ohio’s school report cards have two essentially-the-same achievement components, both of which receive an A-F letter...
Last week President Obama announced a five-year, $200 million charitable initiative called My Brother’s Keeper to help young African American men. The program seeks to address the many disparities in outcomes for black men, including large gaps with white men regarding high-school graduation rates...

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