The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
The Gadfly is up . Checker wrote a nice essay this week rebutting Charles Murray's claim , in The New Criterion , that??to believe "that just about all children who are not doing well in school have the potential to do much better" is merely romantic. Also in The Gadfly , Checker reviews Mark...
Liam Julian
Another interesting bit in The Gadfly is this piece , which describes how thousands of Massachusetts students who pass the MCAS and graduate high school nonetheless have to take remedial courses at 2- and 4-year colleges--i.e., they're not ready to do college-level work. Many drop out. The MCAS is...
While childlike Liam takes Checker to task for questioning the incalculable contributions of twenty-somethings, in Boston they're rehiring retirees in the wake of laying-off young teachers. And in this case, the local teachers union head gets it right: Richard Stutman, president of the Boston...
Liam Julian
Over at Quick and the Ed, Kevin Carey turns in a lengthy post , replete with percentages and bullet points, that draws lessons from Ed Sector's newest report , Waiting to Be Won Over. His second sentence shocks, then awes, then shocks again: In recent decades, America has experienced a steady de-...
Jeff Kuhner
The Catholic Church is not the only institution facing a sex abuse crisis. The Los Angeles Unified School District has an ugly scandal of its own--and teenagers are again the victims. Richard Winton, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times , has written several incisive articles on the burgeoning...
1. Bills proposed by Florida lawmakers to allow teachers to caveat their teaching of evolution have, for the time being, fizzled out . 2. Cool video on how the eye, that amazing bit of complexity that's often proffered as proof of intelligent design, likely evolved: httpv:// www.youtube.com/watch?v...
As with any program, implementation in AP really matters, so it's disappointing that Tom Stanley-Becker doesn't say more about how history is taught at his school. Was the AP class his only recent exposure to American history? I have fond memories of my own AP history experience, years ago, because...
Gadfly Studios
Mike and Christina discuss what kind of ed talk to expect from the presumptive nominees as we near the general election. httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=p3sUyP-c8AE
Japan has slipped in international science rankings, so the government has announced a plan to train a special cadre of "super science teachers." Gotta love the enthusiasm.
Wouldn't it be great if the candidates were to duke it out over education reform? I've said so , and I'm not alone , but Mike says "not so fast" : In contrast, some conservative groups of education reformers are not bothered by the fact that the topic of education has been sidelined during this...

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