The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
" Revenge killing negatively impacts education system "
Liam Julian
So reports Ron Matus in the St. Petersburg Times .
Liam Julian
We know that the best schools "sweat the small stuff"; they do not overlook untucked shirts, they do not permit poor posture, they do not deign to??hold different students??to different standards of discipline. Instead of following that model, schools in Anne Arundel County are taking the opposite...
Rick Hess and Paul Peterson's annual look at state proficiency standards is out in the latest issue of Education Next , and the news resembles what Fordham's Proficiency Illusion report found last fall: a "walk to the middle." Standards are slipping, particularly in eighth grade. Their analysis...
Liam Julian
The newest issue of Education Next is now on newsstands--or on the internet, at least. Check out Mike's piece , which is a unique look at how the editorial boards of major newspapers present charter schools and No Child Left Behind.
As lickety-split Liam just mentioned , the latest Education Next just got posted online and includes a short piece of mine examining the editorial board positions of the nation's largest-circulation newspapers on two key policy issues: No Child Left Behind and charter schools. (Click on the...
I was especially disappointed Saturday morning when my two-year-old daughter's "sports class" was canceled because I had just read in The American (the piece doesn't seem to be online yet)* that kids who play sports fare better in life along a number of dimensions--they stay in school longer, they...
Backed against the wall by recent labor controversies , the United Federation of Teachers has launched a counter-offensive : The city teachers union is accusing education officials of using a double standard by yanking teachers from classrooms when they're accused of wrongdoing but letting...
Most ed reformers are drawn to their calling by one, or sometimes both, of two considerations: civil rights and economics. The first concern addresses the achievement gap between mostly white, upper-class students and their mostly minority, low-income peers. That this gap exists--and that it's...
Jeff Kuhner
Code Pink, the anti-war group, is holding a rally protesting Berkeley's Marine Corps Recruiting Center. According to news reports , the organizers have urged the protestors to use witchcraft to end the Iraq war, telling them to come equipped with spells and pointy hats in order to cast spells for "...

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