The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
Eduwonkette flatters us . Unfortunately, Mike can't carry a tune, and he's just too damn honest to lip-sync.
Liam Julian
Coby's latest spark --that students (or their parents) who rated their teachers online could provide useful feedback--is intriguing. He's right that such k-12 rating websites exist (see here ) but haven't reached a critical mass of users. Even if they did, though,??the whole idea has a major...
Liam Julian
Speaking of legal issues in schools.... According to Education Week : A federal appeals court has ordered an Illinois school district to allow a student to wear a T-shirt proclaiming "Be Happy, Not Gay" to protest a high school event meant to promote tolerance of gay students. First, one struggles...
Several people questioned my argument the other day that bad ideas tend to flow from higher education to our K-12 education system (e.g., here and here ). I would encourage ambitious readers find a way to access this longer piece by Checker and see if they still doubt the trickle-down theory. I...
Liam Julian
Vouchers will be on the ballot in Florida in November.
Liam Julian
Science writer Jonah Lehrer on algebra : "Abstract concepts, untethered to experience, are never internalized by our neurons." Or are they?
Liam Julian
George Will has a nice column today on A Nation At Risk . He mentions Checker's book, too. Update: Mike says the column doesn't just mention Checker's book; it "summarizes it!" Let's compromise on "highlights."
According to Sol Stern , it's not his (literal) bomb-throwing past but his (figurative) bomb-throwing present: Instead of planting bombs in public buildings, Ayers now works to indoctrinate America's future teachers in the revolutionary cause, urging them to pass on the lessons to their public...
Liam Julian
You can find a different take on George Will's column over at The Quick and the Ed. The author, Kevin Carey, is a very detail-oriented guy, but one wonders if today he hasn't missed the forest for the trees. It's no secret that George Will's writing is less than confident (realistic, perhaps?)...
Liam Julian
Now is as good a time as any to mention that the deadline for Fordham Fellows applications--the day by which all those who wish for Fellowship must submit the apposite materials--is nearing: April 30th it is. Fordham Fellows is a 9-month program that endeavors to bring bright young things to...

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