Category Archives: Education

Education Reform As A Distraction

From a Massachusetts activist who successfully opposed the pro-charter referendum Question 2 (boldface mine): For a short while in Boston last night, we were ecstatic. We beat the privatizers on Question 2, and we beat them across the state, with … Continue reading

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On The Krebs Cycle and Unintentional Consequences Of High Stakes

Not two things one usually associates with the other. As a biologist, I have a confession: I hate the fucking Krebs cycle. As cycles go, it’s not bad, but still… I learned it twice in high school, once in college … Continue reading

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Those Lazy College Students

This might have some bearing on why public higher education should be tuition-free (boldface mine): George Washington University has for years pushed back against the notion that it is a pricey school for rich kids. The school grew its financial … Continue reading

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Campbell’s Law Strikes Education Again

For those who don’t know what Campbell’s Law is, I’ll turn it over to sociologist Donald Campbell: The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more … Continue reading

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You Get The Teachers You’re Willing To Pay For

Or not pay for, as is the case in the U.S. (boldface mine): You know what is a legitimately bizarre-to-the-point-of-being-funny choice for a political platform? “The job of teachers is too easy.” Yet this, in essence, has become a standard … Continue reading

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Student Test Scores And Understanding Your Data

One thing I’ve noted over the years is that, when it comes to teacher evaluation through student testing*, you have to understand the limitations of your data. Most scores, either percentiles or reported numeric scores, are non-linear, which means that … Continue reading

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Unionized Teachers Are Better Teachers

The author of this paper (pdf) observes (boldface mine): By demanding higher salaries for teachers, unions give school districts a strong incentive to dismiss ineffective teachers before they get tenure. Highly unionized districts dismiss more bad teachers because it costs … Continue reading

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