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A post from guest blogger and Fordham Vice President for Ohio Programs & Policy Terry Ryan . Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is embroiled in serious scandals and faces impeachment. His own political party (the Democrats) has disowned him, and he is under intense pressure from the Governor, the...
While Americans feel no particular love for the U.S. Department of Education (see this graphic from Sunday's New York Times Magazine ), I have found that, in education circles at least, particular scorn is heaped??upon state departments of education and their civil service employees. Colonized (in...
Liam Julian
The Wall Street Journal reviews Mark Bauerlein's new book, The Dumbest Generation , and Marion Barry defends vouchers for D.C.
" No Child Left Behind Lacks Bite ." This is not exactly news to Flypaper readers, but it's great that the Wall Street Journal is spreading the word: Critics of the federal No Child Left Behind law, including Democratic presidential candidates vowing to overhaul or end it, have often accused it of...
Liam Julian
Flypaper does not relish the role of policing The Quick and the Ed, but that blog's latest item simply demands rebutting. Kevin Carey comments on a piece, written by an adjunct professor, in the most recent Atlantic that supposes that perhaps pushing all students to college is a bad idea. (We...
Parental choice advocates might think that Sol Stern's critique of school vouchers has harmed the cause, but surely Marion Barry 's embrace of the DC school choice program in today's Washington Post is much, much worse for the movement. (Though they don't seem to know it .)
Liam Julian
Malcolm Gladwell, kicking-off last week's New Yorker Conference, spoke about the mismatch problem--i.e., the hiring of people based on qualities or characteristics that have little or nothing to do with what delivers success in the position being filled. For example, Gladwell discussed how scouting...
The Ed in '08 chairman told ABC News : My reasons are that the party needs to get on right now with a lot of business, including figuring out what to do with Michigan and Florida. It's important to make known right now not only my vote but as many superdelegates as possible. Asked if this...
Today at a big wing-ding on federal education research sponsored by Education Sector and several other groups , former Deputy Secretary of Education Marshall (Mike) Smith agreed that it was probably a mistake to have carved the Education Department (ED) out of the old Department of Health,...
I started my career teaching British, American, and world literature to high school kids. So I'm not thrilled to see the steady decline in the number of books read by middle and high school students. We're told that last year, on average, 2nd graders read roughly 46.2 books compared to 4.5 books...

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