The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
The Los Angeles Times featured some debate about Ben Stein's new documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed , which seeks to expose how a cult of Darwinism has overtaken our public-school science classes. I like Ben Stein, but I'm pretty skeptical about this film, and the reputable reviews are...
Bravo to Andres Alonso, Baltimore's schools superintendent, for launching a campaign to recruit 500 volunteers to work in the city's schools. It's one of his smartest responses to last week's horrible teacher attack (his other was declaring "zero tolerance" for that sort of violence). Alonso's...
Liam Julian
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is an expert at being overshadowed, first by Tony Blair and now by the pope. Brown is in D.C. today , and he's scheduled to meet with President Bush and presidential candidates Clinton, McCain, and Obama. Let's hope none picks up any of the prime minister's...
An anonymous source tells Flypaper that Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Senator Edward Kennedy were yacking it up at Nationals Field Park this morning while waiting for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive. We're praying that they were discussing how to salvage the D.C. school voucher program...
No, I'm not referring to Linda Darling-Hammond , but to William Ayers , the "distinguished professor" at the University of Illinois-Chicago who first distinguished himself by blowing up a Greenwich Village townhouse while building a bomb. as a terrorist.* The media has been looking into Senator...
Bill Ayers's brother John , however, is a stand-up guy.
Liam Julian
1) This week's Education Gadfly . It's chock full of good stuff, including a guest editorial from the Rodel Foundation about how to train the education spotlight on states, "which are these days the wallflower at the school-reform dance." The article recommends spiking the school-reform punch. 2)...
OK, this time I'm talking about Linda Darling-Hammond. In a letter to the editor of the New Republic , she responds to Josh Patashnik's article on Obama's education plans. (He responds to the response here .) What LDH doesn't address is this brilliant insight from an astute education policy analyst...
Liam Julian
The New York Times , one understands, seeks to reach its audience, and those who casually turn the pages of Thursday Styles are of a sort that enjoys and relates to articles such as this . How to prepare teens for the world of work? the piece asks. Should parents encourage children to do what they...
Liam Julian
The quest to raise graduation rates??is on (see here and here ). This should help .

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