Category Archives: Education

Why School Teachers Need Tenure

Keep in mind, teacher tenure only means that a teacher can’t be fired at will, not that he or she can’t be fired. As a recent scandal resulting in the firing of three school administrators at the elite Boston Latin … Continue reading

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Lies, the Denominator, and Charter Schools

Eva Moskowitz, head of the Success Academy charter schools in New York City, is quite the reformist darling these days (even if she turns her kids into traumatized “test-taking machines”). However, a mole in the NYC Department of Education explains … Continue reading

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The Theocratic Right and Teacher Tenure

As we’ve discussed many times here, that education ‘reformers’ have nothing to say about the infiltration of creationism into school curricula–and even align themselves who those who either cynically abet or outright support the bastardization of our science curricula–is something … Continue reading

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School Reform and Treating Your Kids As a Commodity

One of the things that goes unsaid in the fight over education ‘reform’ is that a lot of people stand to profit by it. In and of itself, that’s not necessarily a bad thing: doing right should be rewarded with … Continue reading

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Why You Shouldn’t Take Education ‘Reform’ Seriously: Because Their Science Sucks

Yes, it’s a brutal charge, but, sadly, it’s true. Economist Moshe Adler (who has also written an excellent book Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal) has squared off against Raj Chetty et alia, … Continue reading

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Yes, Curriculum and Pedagogy Matter (Maybe)

This week’s NY Times Magazine has an article “Why Do Americans Stink at Math” that breathlessly focuses on the need for changing how we teach math and what math we teach–that is, pedagogy and curriculum. While the article, perhaps so … Continue reading

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How You Know the Philosophy of Education ‘Reform’ Is Bankrupt

Because this is clearly the fault of teachers unions and low expectations (boldface mine): In November 2013 the Texas State Board of Education adopted new science standards for its textbooks that will bring evolution into the Texas public school classroom… … Continue reading

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