The Education Gadfly Daily

I'm hardly the first person to note the striking similarities between Cory Booker and Barack Obama. (Whitney Tilson, for example, discussed this connection long ago.) But their commonalities are overwhelming. Both men are black, highly educated, eloquent, inspirational, former community organizers...
It's twenty minutes into his speech, and Cory Booker is finally starting to talk education. He describes walking into excellent charter schools in Newark--Northstar, KIPP--and seeing "what's possible." Now he's describing walking around Newark, asking parents where the "good education" is. Their...
Liam Julian
We're throwing a little soiree at the Fordham offices. The crowd is filing in, and one question is on many minds: How's the food? Meat on a stick I give two thumbs up. It's a little dry, but it's still red meat and it's on a stick. Fresh fruit and crackers are a nice touch, but the mini eggrolls...
Liam Julian
Don't let anyone tell you that ed reformers are a ragged bunch. The crew I'm observing right now is as sartorially sophisticated as they come. Especially noteworthy: Ben Wildavsky, wearing a particularly natty sport coat, and our own Amber Winkler, whose skirt is multi-hued, multi-pleated, and...
Video games supposedly made America's youth lazy and fat; maybe video games can make them active and lean .
Yesterday's Sunday Times (UK) featured a piece on New York City's student pay-for-performance plan , spearheaded by Harvard economist Roland Fryer. The article also explores more generally the latest efforts to solve the crises facing America's black community, contrasting two main approaches with...
Washington Post reporter Daniel de Vise writes today that high schools are scaling back "honors" courses as they boost their AP and IB offerings. Some suspect that Post reporter Jay Mathews's Challenge Index, which ranks high schools based on their participation in AP and IB, is pressuring schools...
Jeff Kuhner
Nothing is more emblematic of the rampant intellectual incoherence and moral equivalence of our age than the current debate about whether Bill Ayers is a "terrorist." Dean Millot at Edbizbuzz calls Mike a "McCarthyite" --one of the most vicious slanders in the political lexicon--for stating the...
Dean Millot at Edbizbuzz seems to think so . I'm tempted to leave it at that, because, as Millot himself implies, this debate is pulling us further and further away from education policy and more and more into the realm of the bizarre. But it's not every day that I'm likened to one of the most...
Corey Bower seems to think so . He points to this passage from this New York Times piece about some affluent suburban public schools that are adopting a "global studies" curriculum: Michael J. Petrilli, a vice president of the conservative-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute, cautioned that...

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