Category Archives: Education

The Accidental Genius of School Lotteries: The D.C. Edition

By way of Greater Greater Washington, we come across this figure, showing a very tight relationship between housing values and reading proficiency: The one real outlier, Garrison Elementary is in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood (in real dollar values, housing prices … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan: Education Reform For Thee, But Not For Me

I’ve noted before how the Chicago-based school reformers that are a key component of the Obama Administration send their kids, not to schools full of reformy goodness, but to schools that have policies which are the exact opposite of said … Continue reading

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Texas Schools Go Neo-Confederate

A flag goes down, historical revisionism soars (boldface mine): Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state’s guidelines for teaching … Continue reading

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There’s Understanding the Limits of Your Data…

…and then there’s New Orleans educational data, which defy both understanding and belief. After Hurricane Katrina, education reformers saw an opportunity to prove that charters were better than regular public schools. Since then, the overwhelming majority of New Orleans’ schools … Continue reading

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Common Core, Science, and Louisiana

For the record, here’s my thoughts on the Common Core: …I don’t oppose a national curriculum or annual testing: as I’ve written repeatedly, I do think we should be using Massachusetts’ curriculum and tests (including the importance–not so important–that used* … Continue reading

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Another Discussion About Teaching Versus Research That Ignores Overheads

I wish I was a Thought Leader so I could write thinkful and thoughty pieces that aren’t grounded in reality. Which brings us to this post by Clay Shirky about how professors, like it or not, are going to do … Continue reading

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What Education Can Learn From the Military

Behold the power of Campbell‘s Law. By way of William Lind, we come across this U.S. Army War College Report, “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession.” One problem that was identified: In 2002, a U.S. Army War College … Continue reading

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