The Education Gadfly Daily

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...
Liam Julian
The political maneuvering of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick might offer a preview of an Obama administration, says Jon Keller in the Wall Street Journal . If he's right, education reformers should be wary: Education may be the one area where Mr. Patrick could have done the most to demonstrate...
Liam Julian
Naomi Schaefer Riley writes in the Wall Street Journal about obstacles beyond??lousy??instruction in the classroom??that often prevent students in urban public schools from attending college: Letters of recommendation that are poorly written (when they're written), guidance counselors who can't be...
Liam Julian
Regarding the just-released study of Reading First's effectiveness, Mike tells USA Today that ...the study was poorly designed and "certainly not the last word on Reading First's effectiveness." For one thing, he says, researchers looked at "lackluster" Reading First schools that just barely...
The media gleefully reported the news that a big interim Reading First study ??from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) found the program to have no impact on reading comprehension. And it's hard to blame the media, for three reasons. First, it loves to pile...

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