The Education Gadfly Daily

Jeff Kuhner
Have you noticed kids no longer bike to school? One of the reasons is that schools no longer encourage biking. Take the case of Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey. Students there banded together and managed to raise $2,000 to purchase a new bike rack at the school. But school officials...
The Styles section features a piece about online services that let parents track their kids' grades in real time. Not surprisingly, the author reports that in many places a new brand of parent-cum-Big Brother is causing "exacerbated stress about daily grades and increased family tension." Here's an...
Looks like the United Federation of Teachers is not going to back down on the Absent Teacher Reserve issue. (Background here .) Yesterday the union sent the New York Sun a data analysis that challenges claims by The New Teacher Project that educators on the Reserve list are sitting around doing...
The Washington Post reports that the Institute of Architects has recognized a new building on the campus of the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., "as one of the 'top ten green projects' of 2007": The building uses 93 percent less water than it would if simply hooked up to the city's water...
This month's issue of The New Criterion is all about education. There's lots on the value of the classics/liberal education/learning for learning's sake from smart folks like Roger Kimball, Victor Davis Hanson, and James Piereson. There's also another piece from the always-provocative Charles...
The Sacramento Bee 's editorial page weighs in on the racial remix controversy at Will C. Wood Middle School, coming to the defense of the school's principal: A Bee analysis found that 80 schools across the state changed racial designations for students in ways that allowed the schools to meet...
Reid Lyon, the Godfather of Scientifically Based Reading Instruction ( so says Eduflack ), provides a ton of important insights into RF's interim evaluation study in this EdNews.org interview .
Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator's Dilemma and a Harvard business professor, is coming out with a new book that's sure to create a buzz in the K-12 space, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns . Its headline-grabbing assertion is that by 2019,...
The Heritage Foundation's Ed Feulner is a heckuva smart guy and he's usually right (as well as Right). His take on A Nation at Risk , and the country's response to it, however, is only half right. Yes, we're spending pots more money on public education today--close to twice as much per kid in...
After months of jockeying with control-freak governor Ted Strickland, Ohio state education superintendent Susan Tave Zelman is on her way out, perhaps to the University of Oregon as ed school dean. She toughed it out for a while but the handwriting went onto the wall for her once key members of the...

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