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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...
Liam Julian
The obvious rejoinder to Mike's post is that when people cluster in "communities of sameness, among people with similar ways of life, beliefs and in the end, politics," they also cluster among people of the same race and socioeconomic status. The impulse to seek out those similar to oneself isn't...
Liam Julian
Mike tells me (as he runs out the door to catch a flight) that he's already answered my question about standards and tests thusly: Particularly if all schools work toward common statewide academic standards, and thus have some degree of sameness when it comes to the content of what kids are...
You have to hand it to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and her team: they are hardly dawdling during these last months of the Administration. On Tuesday, they announced a massive set of regulatory changes to No Child Left Behind that incorporates many of the "pilot programs" and...

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