The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
From The Tallahassee Democrat : "According to the Florida Department of Education, more students statewide are writing at or above grade level." (The results are here .) It's great that Florida continues to concentrate on improving its students' writing skills, but can FCAT writing scores really be...
Liam Julian
One wonders: To laugh or to cry ? Break down test-score data by the ethnicity of Asian students?
The Education Gadfly
Phil Handy, former chairman, Florida State Board of Education; Lisa Graham Keegan, former Arizona state superintendent; Virginia Walden Ford, executive director, D.C. Parents for School Choice; Townsend McNitt, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education; Frank Riggs, former member of...
Cleveland can be a tough place, what with its harsh winters and difficult economic times. Its education politics aren't especially welcoming, either; Cleveland is home to one of the most restrictive teachers union contracts in the country, for example. So it's doubly heartening to see the district...
It's one thing if you unwittingly do this , but you can't do this and keep teaching. (Or can you?)
Liam Julian
Yesterday, we noted that Kevin Donnelly, authority on all things related to Aussie-ed, was displeased that Victoria was offering its teachers a massive, across-the-board pay raise decoupled from accountability. With principals, though, it's another story .
No, I'm not referring to this survey from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, though there are some promising tidbits. (Six in ten parents express interest in enrolling their children in charter schools once they are described as "independent public schools that are free to be more...
Liam Julian
Mike has been all over the connection between Obama and Bill Ayers. Today, Bob Novak is on it, too ; he thinks that Obama, who called the terrorist-sympathizing, America-hating Ayers just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," will have to offer voters a more thorough explication than that. Obama...
Liam Julian
Tom Stanley-Becker is an AP dropout. The young man writes today in the Los Angeles Times : The problem with the AP program is that we don't have time to really learn U.S. history because we're preparing for the exam. We race through the textbook, cramming in the facts, a day on the Great Awakening...
Liam Julian
The Gadfly is up . Checker wrote a nice essay this week rebutting Charles Murray's claim , in The New Criterion , that??to believe "that just about all children who are not doing well in school have the potential to do much better" is merely romantic. Also in The Gadfly , Checker reviews Mark...

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