The Education Gadfly Daily

Today, Liam turns in a nice NRO piece on Fairfax County, Virginia's, recently published report that finds that the "'moral character and ethical judgment' of its white and Asian pupils is more developed than that of its black and Hispanic pupils." These conclusions, drawn from hosts of disparate...
Senator McCain's wife Cindy was a teacher and a "rodeo queen." One of his key education advisors, Lisa Graham Keegan , was state superintendent and a rodeo star. A coincidence?
Eduwonk returned from a week's vacation to find our complaint in Gadfly that he was a bit too generous with his praise for AFT heir apparent Randi Weingarten. Specifically, we wondered why he would say that "most of the things that the teachers' unions want are in the interest of kids." His...
Liam Julian
That Miami-Dade is considering convening a task force to investigate the testing mania that has reportedly caused some students to be hospitalized illustrates how little trust district officials often place in their principals. School Board member Solomon Stinson so noted. According to the Miami...
Liam Julian
Today, on Morning Edition, NPR profiled 16-year-old Kristen Byrnes, who doesn't believe that global warming is caused by humans. Her website ("the official site of the Kristen Byrnes Science Foundation") is available here . NPR reported that Kristen is getting a lot of publicity for her efforts;...
Discussing Obama's "bitter" comments , George Will today argues that the sentiments "fulfill liberalism's transformation since Franklin Roosevelt." What had been under FDR a celebration of America and the values of its working people has become a doctrine of condescension toward those people and...
Liam Julian
Apparently, one can earn a degree in anything . Seriously, it's not really better than it sounds .
Liam Julian
It's dubbed "the dismal science" because economics offers conclusions that may "work," but which often ignore ethical and moral considerations. Today at Marginal Revolution, economist Alex Tabarrok makes the dismal case that we should pay organ donors for their, you know, organs. (Iran does it, he...
Liam Julian
Florida has joined Achieve's American Diploma Project Network . The press release notes that Florida Governor Charlie Crist made the decision after chit-chatting with Minnesota's governor, Tim Pawlenty.
" Per pupil spending down " * Until you realize the article's about charter schools.

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