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Are you a teacher looking for field trip ideas, now that testing season is over? Do you live in the greater Washington, D.C., area? Would you like to totally gross out your students? This oughta do the trick. * *Moms, and Dads, you can get in on the act too... don't miss Sunday's special event .
Not so many moons ago, Boston University's college of education was the brightest spot in the dim universe of U.S. ed schools, full of heterodox thinkers on important issues (e.g., Charles Glenn, David Steiner, Kevin Ryan, Steve Tigner). Some of those thinkers are still there, but the school's...
The White House Summit on Inner-City Children and Faith-Based Schools , underway at this moment, has about 300 attendees, all of whom already agree with each other about nearly all the issues on the table. No bad thing to rally the troops or (changing metaphors) preach to the choir. But I didn't...
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Mike and Christina discuss Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings's latest round of changes to No Child Left Behind. httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=dwkaKllgyBY
This Saturday A Nation at Risk turns twenty-five. As with most birthdays after one's twenty-first, the occasion is bittersweet. As Fordham president Checker Finn reflects in today's Education Gadfly , the lessons of A Nation at Risk , despite the report's landmark status for sounding "an overdue...
Whitney Tilson, who blogs on education here , reflects level-headedly in today's New York Daily News on the struggles facing the UFT's charter school . The last paragraph offers a tidy summary of the lessons the UFT, and especially current-UFT-boss and AFT-president-to-be Randi Weingarten, can take...
This Wired Magazine article sheds some light, however obliquely, on why it's so difficult to replicate successful school models in different places.
Anticipating tomorrow's White House summit on inner-city children and faith-based schools , former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett turns in a solid defense (and cites Fordham's latest report ) of Catholic schools over at National Review Online .
Yesterday, on the Wall Street Journal 's expanded opinion pages , Alan Ehrenhalt reviewed Bill Bishop's new book, The Big Sort . Its thesis: As Americans have moved over the past three decades, they have clustered in communities of sameness, among people with similar ways of life, beliefs and in...
Liam Julian
One of Thomas Sowell's points , that college education is being watered down because too many people are obtaining it, is a fine one. He notes that "education is not a Good Thing categorically in unlimited amounts, for people of all levels of ability, interest, and willingness to work." This is one...

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