The Education Gadfly Daily

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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Marvin's and Mike's mothers coordinated on the phone last night before laying out their sons' outfits. (Click the photo for a bigger version.)
Liam Julian
More paying kids for studying . (Newt Gingrich's idea, according to NPR.)?? Bad idea.
Liam Julian
New York Times columnist Bob Herbert tells us that American schools aren't very good: "We've got work to do." In his piece, he mentions the new Common Core organization and references its recently released report, Still At Risk .
Why does Liam have such a beef with paying poor teenagers to work on their studies rather than flip hamburgers at the local Mickey D's? Perhaps he agrees with the ed school professor quoted in the NPR piece, to the effect that such a strategy will "harm students' intrinsic love of learning." I...
Nancy Zuckerbrod at the Associated Press previews today's regulatory actions by the U.S. Department of Education here . Mostly these are initiatives that have already been announced--moving toward a common graduation rate, for example, and tightening the rules regarding how many students states can...
Liam Julian
Principal Jana Fields knows that No Child Left Behind looks at school test-score data by subgroup. She knows that the scores of black students are evaluated separately from those of white students, that the scores of Asian students and those??of Hispanic students are gathered in their own, specific...

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