The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
The newest edition of The Gadfly is out and jammed with choice offerings, especially an essay that concludes "that for long-term sustainability and academic success, a charter school has better odds if it enrolls at least 300 students. " The small-school crowd won't like it. As for Coby and whether...
Liam Julian
Today in The Gadfly , I write about George Orwell's claim that bad writing and bad thinking are mutually reinforcing. I focus on the most egregious cases: sentences punctuated by text-message spellings and abbreviations and plagued by rotten grammar and rampant ambiguity. What I didn't have space...
Liam Julian
Florida Governor Charlie Crist stands with the state legislature , which just passed an anti-bullying law. "I'm against bullying, too," he said. And I'm against purposeless laws that waste everyone's time.
Here's more on paying students for performance , this time in Baltimore. We've already sparred over this topic on the blog, and I tend to agree with Liam and most other opponents of this strategy that a) learning is deeply rewarding for its own sake and is degraded when treated as an article of...
Yes, Liam, I do disagree with your interpretation of my post. I'm not claiming to be "post-partisan" or even looking for a "hallowed middle ground." In calling for a much more hands-off approach to public education, where school districts are freer to experiment with all kinds of pedagogical ideas...
In the Weekly Standard , Liam reviews Anthony Kronman's Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life , which, he reports, picks up where William Buckley left off in God and Man at Yale-- lamenting what has gone wrong in higher education, in Kronman's case...
Students from neighboring districts badly want in to the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, so they're sneaking in. In response, the district is offering cash rewards for anyone who rats out the illegals. Yeesh.
Starting today, I'll do a weekly roundup of New York City union boss Randi Weingarten's most ridiculous statements from the week past. An occasional spot in the Gadfly (see here and here , for example) just doesn't do justice to the incredible dexterity with which she warps logic and reason. This...
Liam Julian
Coby will no doubt disagree with this interpretation. But his conclusion reminds one of that advanced by "post-partisans," those who think we should move beyond our (in Coby's words) "heated, theory-driven arguments" and find that hallowed, middle ground. I recall National Review 's Jonah Goldberg...
" Dade principal's $1-a-year pay offer turned down "

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