The Education Gadfly Daily

Over the weekend, the Washington Post Magazine ran a provocative piece by Jay Mathews about an excellent elementary school in Northern Virginia that has failed to make "adequate yearly progress" under No Child Left Behind for going on three years. What made the article interesting is that it didn't...
Liam Julian
Schools are turning to unhealthier cafeteria-food options because of rising food prices, reports the Washington Post . Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee seems to have the right idea: allow private contractors to supply lunches. One assumes that, for what schools currently spend,...
Just last week, Liam expressed skepticism about a scrupulous research study that found that serving kids healthier food and drink led to fewer of them getting fat: Isn't it odd that a school embraces healthy food alternatives only after a two-year research study? It reminds one of the humorous dig...
Liam Julian
Mike wants me to eat humble pie. I'd like??to, but his arguments haven't convinced me. He writes : In a field where few research studies ever make any conclusions with real-world value, this particular study deserves praise, not pique. He is, of course, conflating two fields: the education field,...
Liam Julian
I thought this stuff only happened in American Pie movies.
Liam Julian
I had??never heard of it .??But I predict a pandemic as soon as it makes the New York Times style section. But what if the second version of the problem makes about as much sense as the first? If the mere sight of it causes a fluttering heart and sweaty palms? What if there is confusion between the...
Liam Julian
While education is ignored in the U.S. presidential race, it's big-time politics in the U.K., where Schools Secretary Ed Balls (and, by extension, Prime Minister Gordon Brown) is taking it on the chin, not only from conservatives (see here ) and fellow cabinet members (see here ), but now from MPs...
As a national education player, the American Federation of Teachers has been careful not to bash No Child Left Behind too overtly. It even calls its NCLB site " Let's Get It Right " (not, say, "Throw NCLB Under the Bus"). But that's not the tone expressed by the president of its Pennsylvania...
Less-than-humble Liam isn't willing to acknowledge the significance of the recent Philadelphia healthy-eating study . He goes so far as to say that it "has nothing to do with education; it's about whether kids who eat healthful foods for several hours a day will be healthier. Of course they will!"...
Liam Julian
The logistical problems with the "Academic Freedom Act," which is traipsing merrily through the Florida legislature, are legion . The pope's U.S. visit highlights the logical difficulties that accompany the logistical ones, most prominent among them the continued inability of many to distinguish...

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