Category Archives: Education

Massachusetts Regains Sanity Regarding Teacher Licensure

A while ago, we discussed the stupidity of a Massachusetts proposal to tie teacher licenses to teacher evaluations. Not employment at a particular school, but the ability to teach anywhere. Good news: the state pulled the proposal. Again, it’s worth … Continue reading

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A Movement Defined By Disingenuity Can Not Endure

As cranky, if not outright despondent*, as I might get about the political state of U.S. education, I find some small consolation in the notion that reformers are never entirely honest (and sometimes flat-out dishonest) whether it’s fixing class composition … Continue reading

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The Insanity of Our Teacher Evaluation Regime

As I’ve mentioned many times, most professionals wouldn’t tolerate the inanity of teacher evaluation regimes. Consider this from a Minnesota kindergarten teacher (boldface mine): Let’s start with what it means to be a “good teacher.” As the article says: “The … Continue reading

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Too Much Testing In Schools: This Is a Feature, Not a Bug

If education ‘reform’ collapses, the greatest mistake reformers will have made was to inflict their ideas on children who are not poor minorities (boldface mine): ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida embraced the school accountability movement early and enthusiastically, but … Continue reading

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The Educational Crisis of Absenteeism

We’ve discussed before how missing school has a significant effect on student achievement, which can be greater than teacher effects. Not surprising–not only can’t a teacher teach when the student isn’t there, but chronic absenteeism often suggests health problems or … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Continues to Dismantle Its World-Class Educational System

When we last checked in on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!), we observed that teachers were being drowned in administrative work and subject to ridiculous teacher evaluation procedures. Well, now we learn that Massachusetts is proposing to pull … Continue reading

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Are Race To The Top and Other Reforms Killing MA’s Education System?

While I often laud Massachusetts’ education system, I’ve also worried that, in the attempt to get Race to the Top money by embracing various education ‘reforms’, Massachusetts will have harmed its world class system. Well, according to some teachers in … Continue reading

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