The Education Gadfly Daily

Jeff Kuhner
Australia's aboriginal community is suffering from a serious epidemic of children watching pornography at home--and then simulating sex acts in the classroom. Some of these aboriginal children are as young as seven. Even more disturbing, plenty of Australian social workers and community leaders...
Although details are still murky, this plan out of Denver , inspired by Chicago's Renaissance 2010 and New York's New Visions for Public Schools, seems promising. The key here will be to keep these schools sufficiently insulated from district regulations. It's unclear whether they'll be charter...
Google announced yesterday that it will launch Friend Connect , a free service that will allow any website to operate as a so-called "social website," in the mold of Facebook and MySpace. Friend Connect is aimed at the millions of Web sites that could benefit from having members interact but can't...
Terry posted earlier today on the pressure mounting on attorney general Marc Dann to quit office in light of recent scandals. He's just resigned .
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Amber and Christina discuss the good and bad of the Reading First interim evaluation report: httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=KCgR_VC2KTk
Reid Lyon , former Reading Czar and one of the creators of Reading First, posted a comment about Shep Barbash's Education Next article that's so crucial to the current debate that it's worth excerpting at length: The recent Reading First Impact Study interim report did some thing s correctly (...
Lisa Graham Keegan, school reform trailblazer and former state superintendent of Arizona, has quit her day job to spend most of her time working on behalf of Senator John McCain's campaign, reports the Arizona Republic : "Having Senator McCain be in a position to get ready to start talking about...
Liam Julian
Mississippi has passed legislation , and the governor has signed it, that would fire superintendents whose districts are labeled "underperforming" for two years straight. (Before it's active, the law needs to be approved by the feds, for Civil Rights-related reasons that Education Week explains.)...
Liam Julian
Here's another interesting video from The New Yorker Conference (those New Yorker people are always so darn interesting!). In this one, the magazine's financial columnist, James Surowiecki, chats with Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern about the future of unions. This year's...
" The Less the Education, the Higher the Risk of Dying Early " Liam, maybe universal college education has its plusses, no?

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