The Education Gadfly Daily

Clearly blogging is having a dumbing-down effect on my punditry . Though it is silly ("unwise"? "counter-productive"? "cynical"?) to expect 100 percent of students to attain proficiency and for proficiency to still mean something, as our friends in South Carolina recently discovered .
Now that Sol Stern has completely ruffled the feathers of the "whatever works" crowd , he's turned his sights to one of the most visible leaders of the "what works" movement , Institute for Educational Sciences director Russ Whitehurst. In a new City Journal Online piece , Stern critiques the...
Guest Blogger
A post from guest blogger and Fordham board member Diane Ravitch . Visit her blog, Bridging Differences, at blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences . Dear Mike, It is absurd of Dean Millot to call you a "McCarthyite" for pointing out that Bill Ayers was a terrorist. He was a terrorist. He says...
Liam Julian
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story titled "No Child Left Behind Lacks Bite." Not in Washington, D.C. , it doesn't.
Plenty of bad ideas make their way from the business world to education, but here's a good one: replicate successful school models via franchising. That's the argument made by business writer Julie Bennett in an essay in the new Education Next .?? In the business world, when the owners of...
To see but one example of why we can't trust local school boards to lead meaningful reform efforts, see this post from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Regarding this recent Wall Street Journal article on No Child Left Behind's lack of "bite"* for failing schools, NSBA says: If the...
Liam Julian
For those??who doubt that competition has positive effects on public-school systems, this article , from the Houston Chronicle , is instructive. The Houston district's enrollment is dropping; meanwhile,??charter schools there, such as KIPP, can't keep up with demand (this is occurring in other...
Liam Julian
Matthew Ladner writes about how Catholic schools in Arizona are surviving.
Liam Julian
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist/political cartoonist??David Horsey comments on the now-disbanded Office of Equity, Race, and Learning Support of Seattle Public Schools. The director of the office, Caprice Hollins, gained notoriety for a variety of offensive acts. Most noted was the page she put up...
With overwhelming votes in its House and Senate, South Carolina is racing to revamp its state assessment system and, apparently, lower its standards dramatically. The Spartansburg Herald Journal says : The change could drastically increase the number of schools meeting NCLB requirements. Currently...

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